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Davit Problem; Expert Needed
Following up on my quest for a new dink, I have a curious situation I need to deal with on the davits setup.
The transom on the new Benes is such that the davits need to be installed very far apart. Indeed, the shortest distance between the davit arms that I can finagle is 114". What this means is that the davit arms likely are going to be farther appart than the davit lifting points on every dink that we might get (and if we get one that's large enough so this is not the case, the dink will be too heavy for what we want to do).
Has anyone else had experience dealing with davit arms that are wider than the dink? How did you deal with things like chafe on the tubes? (my plan is to attach the lifting tackle for the bow to the towing ring, which is outboard of the dink so that the run will be fair from the towing ring to the davits). Are you able to get the dink high enough off the water, considering that if the davit arms are not dirctly over the lifting points you necessarily can't lift the dinghy as high?
Any other thoughts or solutions would be greatly appreciated.
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