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Old 10-17-2008
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Originally Posted by eryka View Post
After removing the engine, we use the windlass to get our 10-ft BRIG RIB dinghy aboard the foredeck:
(1) move dinghy alongside the boat just fwd of the mast
(2) put a snatch block on a spare spinn halyard
(3) run a line from the dinghy, up thru the snatch block, and down to the windlass
(4) raise the spinn halyard so the block is about 12' above the deck
(5) step on the "up" button on the windlass, and tail. The dinghy will raise and center neatly above the foredeck.
(6) lower the spinn halyard

Then we deflate the tubes for better visibility, and off we go!
Neat trick, once I get around to installing my windlass I will try it.
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I was talking to a couple of cruising families at the Annapolis show and they recommended skipping davits and just locking up the dinghy, in the water, with a long looped cable at night. Their point was that, in most cases, if someone else's dinghy is easier to get than yours... For long passages, we'd stick the dinghy on the foredeck, but I'd like to skip getting davits. Thoughts?
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Labatt...down bahamas & south...leaving the dink in the water in SOME places even with a cable lock is not a great idea. BUT you do not need davits. A dingy lifting harness will get it out of the water with your halyard where it can be kept more safely overnight.

You don't need the whisker pole if you are content to allow the dink to rest on the hull a couple of feet up.
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