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Old 26 May 2018, 18:36   #1
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Bow hoist point?

Hello, I have a 2009 zodiac future with a 40 hp Yamaha. In the attached picture, can I use the cleat or lower bow wench ring as a hoist point? Click image for larger version

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Old 28 May 2018, 18:00   #2
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I would not recommend hoisting with either the cleat or the bow handle. Instead I'd use two d-rings mounted to the inside of the tube. Your Zodiac probably doesn't have the d-rings from the factory, so you'll need to install a pair. The larger the d-ring the better, and don't get the gluing wrong on this job!
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Old 29 May 2018, 20:24   #3
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Ah, thanks for the tips. My boat does have front tube D-rings but they are attached to the exterior tube, not the interior. I played around on the hoist this last weekend with the bow attachment (see photo). In the photo you'll see the exterior D ring. Would these two D rings suffice for hoist points?
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I'll re-phrase: Your Zodiac Futura was not intended to be lifted, so the factory did not install the appropriate d-rings. (The exterior d-rings are for towing the Zodiac.) You will need to install/glue two d-rings on the interior of the tube, roughly opposite location to the exterior d-rings.

I fear your current set-up will cause damage to the fiberglass and/or cleat, and may pull the fiberglass piece off the tube.
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This is simple, do not attempt to lift with ANY glue fittings.

If you want to have hoist points installed they will need to be through the hull, zodiac can advise if it is possible for retrofit.
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Thank you to you both for your advice.
Not sure if it matters, but this zodiac has no fiberglass...just an aluminum floorboard. Due to logistics I'm highly motivated to use a hoist setup, but understand if my boat isn't cut out for it.
One last question: What if a "sling" system were utilized under the bow, while continuing to use the two rear transom attachments (see photo)?
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Bow hoist point?

Ha, too funny, I recognized the pier picture, Iím in SLO. I know people who have done what youíre tying to do but I donít exactly know how. Thatís not a good looking option there. A sling under the front would be better. Iíll see if I can get some suggestions. You can beach launch over at the dog beach canít you?
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Hey Bigtalljv! Since I live in south county, it's logistically much, much easier to launch from Avila than Morro Bay...hence why my dive buddies and I are trying to hoist in Avila.
You're right, we could do a beach launch at the dog beach but hoisting would be easier - my zodiac sits very tall on the trailer and acquiring beach wheels that could reach the ground would be difficult but I'm thinking I might need to consider that. Also, this boat once got swamped by beach waves at some point before I owned it, as a mechanic told me when replacing the fuel pump because he found sand inside.
I'd love to hear anybody's ideas! Including scraping this option and being directed to a good resource for beach wheels....anybody??
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Use the two 53mm towing d-rings as guides, and run a strap through them, thus cradling the entire bow. The d-ring's don't support the weight then, they simply hold the strap in place and prevent it from moving forward or aft while lifting.
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