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Old 11-02-2014, 11:40 AM   #41
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Marin, I found a video of the Seawise system retrieval system. I like their snap davit harware better than Weaver, but I like the SS Weaver arcs to support the dinghy better. No stress on the tubes. I also like the foot pump for the Weaver better than the crank of the Seawise. Really, I could be happy with either.

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Old 11-02-2014, 02:44 PM   #42
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Old 11-02-2014, 02:53 PM   #43
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Marin, I found a video of the Seawise system retrieval system. I like their snap davit harware better than Weaver, but I like the SS Weaver arcs to support the dinghy better. No stress on the tubes. I also like the foot pump for the Weaver better than the crank of the Seawise. Really, I could be happy with either.

From experience, with different but similar rig, I know it is a real PIA (ugly/unsightly too - lol) if inflatable support bladder looses most of its air over span of time while away from boat.
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Lots of storage space all over and plenty of room in the engine area.
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The videos of the Seawise system retrieval system and Weaver hydraulic hoist system would make the start of a great thread.
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Old 11-02-2014, 10:38 PM   #47
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Don, can you post a video of that in operation on Moonstruck? Feel free to use youthful, bikini-clad models in the demonstration. If you don't know any of those, talk to Baker.
Yeah…where does Baker get those from..?
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Old 11-03-2014, 06:31 AM   #48
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From experience, with different but similar rig, I know it is a real PIA (ugly/unsightly too - lol) if inflatable support bladder looses most of its air over span of time while away from boat.
The Seawise system is a good rig albeit it more expensive than one might think. It's also available with electric drive.

We came up with a fast and easy way of deploying and retrieving our swimstep-mounted 9' Livingston by using the GB's boom and a 100' boom fall threaded through a pair of dual-sheave blocks. The Livingston sits on a pair of Weaver Snap-Davits.

The boom fall is long enough to let the dinghy all the way down to the water without having to reposition the boom itself, and the dual-sheave block setup makes it an (almost) one-hand operation to pull the dinghy back up into its upright (on its side) position on the swimstep.

The dinghy's motor is on a manual swivel mount, so the end result is sort of a poor-man's Seawise Davit. In fact it has an advantage over the Seawise system (and the Weaver system) in that moving the dinghy from it's in the water postion to its stowed position takes about five seconds. Letting it down takes even less.

But if we had a heavier dinghy setup, a Seawise or Weaver would be the way to go, I think.
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