Licensed 50 Ton Master
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Currently on Lake Ontario in New York
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Davits really scare me. A large following sea can rip your stern apart and you may lose the dinghy. I have been pooped before, severely. Davits would have been the end of me.
For Ocean Sailing, I wouldn't dare use them.
I use my boom to store my dinghy (Walker Bay 8, I hate it) on the Cabintop under the boom. Fits well and the Pudgy is shorter and even has hand holds on the keel.
Using my Boom is simple and quick, I have Port and Starboard Preventers permanently rigged. I unhook one of them, hook up to the bow and stern of the dinghyy, lift it up using the topping lift and the preventer (each has its own winch, Flip it over and set it on the Cabintop. Pretty simple.
I only tow it for short or calmer Bay cruises.
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Captain Don Quackenbush
SV HERMES, Pearson 33
East Coast, Great Lakes