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Old 05-13-2016, 01:12 PM   #41
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Here is a shot of my stern showing the davits and dinghy in place.
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Old 05-13-2016, 01:16 PM   #42
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Bruce, why not have both?
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Another plus for the crane is not emptying your dinghy or removing storing the outboard. Last thing I want to do is remove or attach the outboard to a floating dinghy.

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Bruce, why not have both?
Now there you go. Toss it on the roof like an old Frisbee on longer hauls and stick it on the tailgate for those shorter hops between anchorages.

Davits should almost be a freebie if ordering the crane with a new build.
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Another plus for the crane is not emptying your dinghy or removing storing the outboard. Last thing I want to do is remove or attach the outboard to a floating dinghy.
I like the idea of a crane. However, I don't have to remove my motor from the dinghy when using the davits nor empty the dingy of gas can or battery.
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The idea of both is appealing too... When we sailed, we towed the Trinka (yes it was insured) and we never had even a hint of trouble in thousands of miles.
Clearly, that will no longer be wise, so once again I'm trying to imagine the reality of available solutions...
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The idea came to me after taking our 2 year old grandson (our first)with me to Toys r Us last night for a few things while he spends a month with us. I needed some baby proofing items and a tricycle, roughly 3 grand later I left the store with a full truck. Davits are cheap so why not have it all?
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I like the idea of a crane. However, I don't have to remove my motor from the dinghy when using the davits nor empty the dingy of gas can or battery.


Then why do you? Seems like a lot of extra work if it isn't necessary.

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Then why do you? Seems like a lot of extra work if it isn't necessary.

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I don't Ted. Hard to tell from the picture. Here is a Vid that explains it.
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The idea came to me after taking our 2 year old grandson (our first)with me to Toys r Us last night for a few things while he spends a month with us. I needed some baby proofing items and a tricycle, roughly 3 grand later I left the store with a full truck. Davits are cheap so why not have it all?
A buddy of ours has a set of Edson davit's that rotate when not being used. This way he doesn't exceed his slip's maximum length...

Don't think they would fit the American Tug but I'm sure there are other examples out there...

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I am aware of a couple of trawlers that have both systems. On passages the dink is lifted on top. Other times the Davis are used.
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I don't Ted. Hard to tell from the picture. Here is a Vid that explains it.
It's semantics, but I consider the motor removed in that video. Just done mechanically, but no longer on the boat. Now, if that system works well for you, then it's great. I'd rather have a system that just kept the dinghy upright as is, like the Jackson units do. Not saying if I was you I'd change, just starting from the start I'd go the other route.
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Whatever one gets, practice with it. Get proficient and prepared for less than perfect conditions. Then recognize the conditions in which it's best to do nothing, just sit and relax.
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The davit that American Tug uses is made by Tanner Manufacturing. It allows the dinghy to be swung out of the way so that a person with reasonable acuity can walk along the rear deck. Much like the Jackson davit's if I'm not mistaken....

The cost of the davit's is not a token amount at almost $9000 though.
I suppose that in the end it is just another "drop in the (proverbial) bucket"...
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My decision would be based on frequency of use of the dinghy. Currently we store the dinghy on the boat deck using a crane. Typically we launch the dinghy upon reaching our first cruising destination and tow it as we cruise to other destinations. It's a PITA to put it back on the boat deck with every change in location, in my opinion. Our friends with stern davits typically pull their dinghy out whenever they move, in my opinion also a PITA. Bottom line...we like the dinghy out of the way, either in the water or on the boat deck. Towing can be fraught with problems however we towed our 10' inflatable from Anacortes to Glacier Bay without any problems. Maybe we were just lucky?
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Yes, I could lower the Nick Jackson to the point where the arms lay flat on the swim platform...dink sitting in the water. Would have to step over the arms, but not a big deal. However, in reality it's never been an issue as I just turn the big boat around to get a starboard side tie, or else use the portable boarding ladder and go up the port side. Have to get up to the sundeck anyway. One thing is for sure, most of these stern davits attached at the end of the swim platform would not handle our center console dink with the four stroke. Much too heavy and it can't be tipped on its side.
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I don't Ted. Hard to tell from the picture. Here is a Vid that explains it.
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Well that's different.

Too many moving parts for my taste.

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The davit that American Tug uses is made by Tanner Manufacturing. It allows the dinghy to be swung out of the way so that a person with reasonable acuity can walk along the rear deck. Much like the Jackson davit's if I'm not mistaken....

The cost of the davit's is not a token amount at almost $9000 though.
I suppose that in the end it is just another "drop in the (proverbial) bucket"...
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Much like Jackson. I don't see the capacity for it anywhere. Yes, it's just a few thousand of your money we're all helping you to spend.
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My decision would be based on frequency of use of the dinghy. Currently we store the dinghy on the boat deck using a crane. Typically we launch the dinghy upon reaching our first cruising destination and tow it as we cruise to other destinations. It's a PITA to put it back on the boat deck with every change in location, in my opinion. Our friends with stern davits typically pull their dinghy out whenever they move, in my opinion also a PITA. Bottom line...we like the dinghy out of the way, either in the water or on the boat deck. Towing can be fraught with problems however we towed our 10' inflatable from Anacortes to Glacier Bay without any problems. Maybe we were just lucky?
We put our RIB's in and out with no issues. However, I think the ease varies greatly with the cranes. Ours are telescoping and we can easily extend the RIB a good safe distance and then bring it where we want it. Also, our RIB's have built in lifting points.

Garages are easy but not on many boats and they take up space, but by far the easiest on and off we've ever experienced is a huge hydraulic platform. That is an easy on and off.

I would say you want the set up that you feel will encourage you personally to use the dinghy the most.
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Much like Jackson. I don't see the capacity for it anywhere. Yes, it's just a few thousand of your money we're all helping you to spend.
I hear you! Nothing like the vicarious kick of seeing someone spend!
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