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Davits: can't even imaging towing further than across the harbor.
Ugly. Things that work are not ugly. Things that do not work are ugly, from my point of view.
Safety. Yes, on deck is safe. But getting it there may not be. I have a poor back, and if I had to put in on-deck when things kicked up, by my self, I would be safer to sell it now. Listen to the stories!
Safety. Davits can be safe in some pretty wild weather, depending on the boat. Perhaps this is a multihull advatage, as the dingy is not behind the boat but tucked up between the hulls, and way out of the water. IF I decided to get it on-deck from there, it is not hard to hook two halyards and take it from there - done it. I have not been in a full gale, but I have been in 8- to 10-foot waves up and down wind, and it never came within 30" of the water. I lift it pretty high.
Weight on transom. Move some stuff forward. In my case, the boat was designed for it and is nose-heavy when the dingy is forward. Depends on the boat.
Ease of deployment. With good tackle, easy. You will use it more. The motor, PFD, whistle, and the like just stay on-board. Drop and go.
Securing in bad weather. Yes, if it going to be more than ~ 20 knots you should lash the dingy to the davits to prevent swinging.
Speed. Why would I want to give up 3/4 knots? That is huge, really, for boats that only go 6-7 knots.
I guess these reasons ad up to why you seldom see a multihull towing. Perhaps the monohull math is different.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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