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Old 01-06-2011, 09:48 AM   #5
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RE: Deck Cranes and Dinghy Davits

We have a pipe davit that uses a 12 volt 'superwinch' and it works fine. Our hard dink weighs about 100lbs and with the motor another 45. Our Rib (just sold it!) weighed more like 180 with the motor and also lifted easily. We use a 3 point adjustable sling like the one Wichard makes, and have no problems. Some time ago we used a block and tackle off the boom on our Albin 36' and easily lifted an 11' Whaler. Block and tackle is fine, just work out the advantage you need and build it to suit. Of course the more advantage, the slower the lift. We used the blocks with a rope to wire splice and led the wire to a hand crank two speed trailer winch on the mast which worked as well as the electic one (slower of course) that we have now.
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