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post #5 of Old 07-14-2012
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Dinghy Davit, Arch or not worth it?

If you are sailing in any situation where you have a large following sea, you do NOT want anything hanging off Davits or arches. The force exerted on the dinghy and the structure will be great and likely cause damage, equipment failure and/or loss. In those situations, the dinghy belongs on deck.

We have Davits and love them. I've fitted a solar panel above them and will eventually fit a second one. The key is my ability to tie the dinghy down to the boat so it does not swing or move at all. Lines that cross behind as spring lines plus line holding the dinghy in close are important components of this system.

Aside from the benefit of supporting solar panels and antennas, how is an arch beneficial, particularly with lifting a dinghy up? Isn't it too far forward?

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Sailing out of Rock Creek, Chesapeake Bay
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