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Old 03-05-2012, 07:29 PM   #1
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Hello,

I don't have a trawler, but we are anticipating a purchase, and are doing research, attending events, etc.

I have read a bit about dinghy selection and storage, but I can't seem to come to any conclusion as to storage.* I think we will end up with a boat that has a mast/boom set-up, with room on the upper deck for the dinghy, assuming a 10 footer, and a 10 HP motor.

I don't want to get in a situation where I am reluctant to use the dinghy because of the time and effort it takes to launch and stow it with an upper deck boom.* I know that long-term towing is a negative, and I just have something against having it hanging off of the back, vertically or horizontially.

So that brings me back to the mast and boom.* And the thought of it gives me the willies, particularly without hydraulics and and even minimum boat movement.* I suppose that part of my issue is that I have never seen a boom in use.

Do*many folks that use their dinghys a few times a week rely on a boom?* How long does the process take?* Can it be single handed?

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Old 03-05-2012, 07:57 PM   #2
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Hi Wizard,

That subject has been discussed at length. *Much info is avialable. *Go to the blue bar below you sign in box. *Click on "search". *Type in the box "dinghy davits". *A lot of threads should come up.
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:07 AM   #3
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Wizard, I have two movable davits. I have different post on top of the boat so I can move stuff around on top. Very handy. If you don't have a boat yet buy a dingy and get used to it. If you buy a small inflatable with a motor after a few launches out of the back of the truck you will have successfully worked the willies out and be ready for a davit.
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We have a mast/boom to store the dink on the roof of the Eagle.* If you buy a dink that meats the weight limitation, correct rigging/harness to connect the dink to the cable, and electric winches.* It only takes a couple on minutes with the electric winches to pick up off davit swing the dink out and power the winch down.* You can buy 2000 lbs electric winches at Harbor Tool for 75 bucks with a remote up/down control. On a calm day I can do it by my self and on a rough day need another person to hold the dink steady.* Just do not buy a dink that is to heavy/big for the mast and boom or for you to handle.*

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Old 03-06-2012, 09:51 AM   #5
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The only thing I will offer about dinghy storage is that in my opinon, it need to be stored in a manner in which it can be gotten into the water quickly, easily, and safely in case of an emergency. In my opinion and from my observation this rules out cabin top storage and definitely boat deck storage, which I have seen break windows and injure people on deployment in calm water on a nice day.

To me, there are only three options for dinghy storage on boats of the type we have. On davits suspended over the transom, on a vertical swim-step mount like Weaver Davits, Seawise Davit, etc., or towed. That's it in my book. While my avatar photo shows a dinghy on our aft cabin, that is not our "working" dinghy. It's a lovely little Montgomery sailing dinghy that came with the boat and that we use for sailing and storage of things like crab pots and outboard fuel. It is launched and retrieved with the mast and boom and takes forever to get in and out of the water.* We could never get it deployed in an emergency.

Our everyday dinghy is what I took our avatar picture from, which is a Livingston hardshell dinghy that is carried vertically on the swimstep on Weaver davits.* We could have it in the water in less than a minute if we had to.
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One of the big discussion items on dingy storage is whether or not you might need it in an abandon ship situation.

If you are using it as a lifeboat...the less than 1 minute launch in HORRIBLE conditions may be a consideration.

If you have a liferaft and don't need a dingy launched quickly or easily...the options are endless.

I dislike the vertical storage option on the swimplatform...but for my boat I like it over the alternative of big, permanent*davits.



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If you cruise , rather than marina hop , a dink on davits will hold a week or two worth of garbage , out behind the boat.
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If you cruise , rather than marina hop , a dink on davits will hold a week or two worth of garbage , out behind the boat.
FF- Wouldn't you want all that garbage about 150' behind you, rather than right on the boat with you?*

Scott-I agree with you regarding life raft on board. However, my guess is that for most of us, our dink IS our life raft. Speculation only. In our cruising waters, we see mostly local cruisers, rather than blue water cruisers.*


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Old 03-07-2012, 10:50 AM   #9
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We have our RIB on the swim platform with a Sea Wise davit system. We tow it 90% of the time and it can be deployed in less than a minute. I like the added weight closer to the water rather 10ft higher up.
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:54 AM   #10
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When you carry one on the top deck the decision to launch gets a longer thought. Not that there is that much to it, it just takes time and energy.
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This set up has worked very well for us and is quite common. We use our dinghy about every day when cruising and with a bit of engineering, one of us can launch and retrieve it alone. http://trawler-beach-house.blogspot....ig-change.html . The outboard hoist has made putting the outboard on and off simple and I am installing an electric winch right now to facilitate the raising and lowering. Chuck
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No need to take the outboard on and off with this hinged mount and hand cranking winch. It is made by Sea Wise Davits. *

http://www.davitsystem.com/demo.htm

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"Wouldn't you want all that garbage about 150' behind you, rather than right on the boat with you?"

Not really, In many anchorages you would loose a dink 150 ft behind.

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In some areas your dink will go BY BY if left floating, full or not.

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Today plastic garbage bags are air tight.


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We are also looking for an easier storage option for our dinghy. *We do have a davit/crane that can lift our dinghy up to the flybrige aft deck, but for quick everyday use, we would prefer something easier and quicker.

We have looked at a system created by Hurley Davits and wonder if anyone has every used this system.*

There was a thread started in 2007 asking about these davits, but no one ever replied on the thread.

The link to the Hurley site is*

*http://www.hurleymarine.com/davit2.html

and there is also an actual demo on*http://www.hurleymarine.com/Davit_Directory.html

We would love to hear if they are worth the investment. *(We would need to use the 36" mount for smaller swim platforms.


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We are also looking for an easier storage option for our dinghy. *We do have a davit/crane that can lift our dinghy up to the flybrige aft deck, but for quick everyday use, we would prefer something easier and quicker.

We have looked at a system created by Hurley Davits and wonder if anyone has every used this system.*

There was a thread started in 2007 asking about these davits, but no one ever replied on the thread.

The link to the Hurley site is*

*http://www.hurleymarine.com/davit2.html

and there is also an actual demo on*http://www.hurleymarine.com/Davit_Directory.html

We would love to hear if they are worth the investment. *(We would need to use the 36" mount for smaller swim platforms.



-- Edited by Delia Rosa on Thursday 8th of March 2012 10:28:15 AM
*Unknown quality...but the principle is exactly what I want...

Downside...I wouldn't advise it in rough weather or breaking inlets (just when you don't want to tow either)...so an alternate storage area is possibly necessary...and that goes back to the question "is your dingy your liferaft?"* Though I think many are fooling themselves that a stock dingy is EVER a liferaft.

I may make just an extendable cradle for my dink...and lift it on with my boom.* Still haven't figured out the rough weather situation.
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Though I think many are fooling themselves that a stock dingy is EVER a liferaft.
One aphorism about a liferaft is that you should "step up into a liferaft", so if you truly want to use an (upright, not filled with junk and...um...refuse) dinghy on an upper deck, you could simply sit in it and wait for the boat to sink out from under you. Of course, this is not a great*plan if you're abandoning ship due to fire!
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We are also looking for an easier storage option for our dinghy. *We do have a davit/crane that can lift our dinghy up to the flybrige aft deck, but for quick everyday use, we would prefer something easier and quicker.

We have looked at a system created by Hurley Davits and wonder if anyone has every used this system.*

There was a thread started in 2007 asking about these davits, but no one ever replied on the thread.

The link to the Hurley site is*

*http://www.hurleymarine.com/davit2.html

and there is also an actual demo on*http://www.hurleymarine.com/Davit_Directory.html

We would love to hear if they are worth the investment. *(We would need to use the 36" mount for smaller swim platforms.



-- Edited by Delia Rosa on Thursday 8th of March 2012 10:28:15 AM
*Unknown quality...but the principle is exactly what I want...

Downside...I wouldn't advise it in rough weather or breaking inlets (just when you don't want to tow either)...so an alternate storage area is possibly necessary...and that goes back to the question "is your dingy your liferaft?"* Though I think many are fooling themselves that a stock dingy is EVER a liferaft.

I may make just an extendable cradle for my dink...and lift it on with my boom.* Still haven't figured out the rough weather situation.

*We do have the ability to move our dinghy up onto our flybridge deck for bad weather situations... but agree with you that the principle of this system seems good. *We would just love to find someone who has actually used the system to find out the real pros and cons vs what an advert describes!
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The other problem with siting in a dinghy and waiting for the boat to sink out from under it is that boats never seem to cooperate when they sink. They usually turn over or onto their side or upend stern or bow down. So the likelihood of your dinghy ending up in the water rightside up with you in it are pretty slim. The dinghy could even get damaged as the boat turns over or does whatever it's going to do.
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No need to take the outboard on and off with this hinged mount and hand cranking winch. It is made by Sea Wise Davits. *

http://www.davitsystem.com/demo.htm

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*We looked into this system and it looks great ... but even the manual system was over $4800.00 plus install of $1000.... too pricy for us!
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No need to take the outboard on and off with this hinged mount and hand cranking winch. It is made by Sea Wise Davits. *

http://www.davitsystem.com/demo.htm

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*We looked into this system and it looks great ... but even the manual system was over $4800.00 plus install of $1000.... too pricy for us!

We accomplish more or less the same thing albeit not so easily by using a swivel mount for the motor on the dinghy and the boom fall to deploy and retrieve the dinghy on its Weaver davits.* Where retrieving the dinghy used to be a brute force, one-two-three-heave operation it's now an easy one-handed operation using the boom fall.* The fall is long enough that we don't have to reposition the boom at all to do this.
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