Hoisting RIB's on Deck
We have just purchased a Beneteau 42s7 and are now considering our options regarding dinghy choice. I would like to have something close to a 12ft RIB but am certainly aware that as the length increases the weight goes up rapidly. We had no trouble hoisting a 10ft RIB onto the deck of our 35' Caliber before but wonder if we will have difficulty hoisting and maneuvering a 150 to 200 lb RIB on and off the foredeck using a halyard.
I have considered installing davits as I do have room in my slip to accomodate but besides the issue of weight, I have always thought that the foredeck provided more security plus its easier to protect the dinghy from weather with a tarp when away for extended periods.
I would appreciate hearing peoples experiences on hauling heavier RIB's on board with halyard or tackle.