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Old 01-06-2011, 02:17 PM   #13
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City: Bellingham, WA
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Vessel Name: Happy Destiny
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Deck Cranes and Dinghy Davits

Alfton wrote:


Thanks for the great response and safety thoughts.* The only problem I have with stern davits is the fact the I have a fantail stern (rounded) and no swim platform
In order to deal with the fantail, you just need a little longer reach on the davits. As to the lack of a swim step, you really don't need one. A ladder will take you directly from the big boat to your dinghy. We have done it for years. Our dinghy is about 425 pounds, with full fuel tank and 15 horse four stroke outboard. With the aid of the five to one block and tackle, and wrapping the line around my waist, I push off the gunnel with my foot. I also utilize jamb cleats to hold it up as I get ready for the next pull on the line. I designed this davit and had it built. Given the weight of the boat, I might consider a powered system, but chose not to due to the poor retationship that electricity has with salt water.


-- Edited by Carey on Thursday 6th of January 2011 04:28:05 PM
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