Originally Posted by jimL
We're looking for any dinghy davit ideas from owners or former owners of a Mainship 430 aft cabin trawler. The boat has an integrated step in the swimg platform that needs a slight work around. Any pics other members can post is appreciated.
Can't remember if I posted about it before...
See here: JATCO Marine Products - Online Catalog
FWIW, our is their original Trillogy Dinghy Lift -- not "davit" and not "cradle" -- and it works well enough. (Trillogy is not a mis-spelling; the engineer's name is Joe Trillo.)
Not obvious in their pics is that the systems designed for heavier weights don't depend entirely on the swim platform for support. There's available additional bracing from dinghy mount directly to transom, underwater...
IIRC, ours is the 450 version, and so incorporates two additional bracing struts like that. We mounted it all in a cantilever position, so we can walk between transom and dinghy. It's pretty much a one-handed operation to bring the ~250-lb dinghy/motor aboard using the manual winch.