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ID: 208 Title: Davit alternative Replis: 3 Read: 1370 Author: 4
Name: Tony  Posts: 4  **  Vancouver Time: 2004-11-4_0:17:49 Quote    Reply
Good morning all, (well it is here in the UK) new member on this forum looking for a bit of help. As an alternative to davits for an inflatable dinghy, I have often seen them slung across the transom, with the open part against the transom (making them vertical, on their side) as it were. Anybody know the best method to do this, and what fixing points are used, type, etc.. thanks in advance for any help Tony
Name: Kelvin Meeks  Posts: 9    Vancouver Time: 2004-11-4_17:5:55 Quote    Reply
just my $0.02 - but after my experience earlier this year - almost twice losing a dinghy when the wind piped up very fast - I would only carry a dinghy strapped down on the deck.
Name: Sunbird48  Posts: 2  **  Vancouver Time: 2004-11-13_8:42:14 Quote    Reply
If you don't have davits, tie it down tight on the fore deck. Tieing it verticly on the stern is an invitation for the wind to take it away.
Name: Jeannep  Posts: 4  **  Vancouver Time: 2004-11-16_4:50:39 Quote    Reply
Why not deflate it when making passages? It's a lot safer. We do not believe in carrying anything on deck because it just provides resistance when a wave breaks, or is something to trip over when things get rough. Read "Heavy Weather Sailing" by Adlard Coles - Warren Brown's experience with a dinghy strapped on deck. We had friends who carried their dinghy on the stern, similar to what you describe. They had attached a device sold for just that purpose, to hold the dinghy against the stern. But then you can't have a wind vane. And I just don't like it - I can think of too many circumstances when it would be in the way. A wave boarding from the stern would be a worry, too. Now. We have a 12-volt air pump specifically made to inflate/deflate dinghies. An Achilles with air floor (and do I think that's a wonderful dinghy for cruising - no matter what the tide range you can carry the dinghy above the high water mark). It takes about 15 minutes to inflate or deflate the dinghy. Not much more time than to get it down from davits, or untie it from the deck, whatever. Just our way of doing things. Fair winds, JeanneP