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I got a set of these, and they work fine. They can be a bit of a pain at first, but the rachet and straps have been the best thing I got to do the job. Dink never moves.
Maybe I just got a bad set. The problem with mine is that they are difficult to "release". Seems like manufaturing quality of the actual ratchet is not that good.

My $15 Wal-mart ratchet seems of better quality and releases easily.
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Our setup is simple. On the stern pulpit rail we hang two small inflatable fenders 1/3 of the way in on both sides. Our routine when lifting the dingy up the davits is to put the cover on her while in the water (The cover was modified my my wife to allow detaching and reattaching the lifting clips thorugh reinforced specialized slits cut into the cover. We then pull the dingy to the top of the davits. We have 4 cheaply made blue 1" web straps 25 feet long each with plastic adjustable buckles, and we throw the bitter end over the dingy into the water ( between the cross bar and the dingy ) when it is almost raised and finish raising it. We use our telescoping boat hook to fish the bitter ends out of the water under the dingy and put them through the plastic buckles and cinch them tight pulling the dinghy up against the fenders so it doesnt rub or swing It doesnt move move no mattter the heel angle when we sail. It doesnt make one squeek or movement. Cheap fix. I will take pictures.

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It would be great to have some pictures. I have a dog so the dinghy always comes with us no matter where we go. I also have a motor hoist and when I lift up the dink I always take the motor off and store it on the Edson motor mount on the stern rail. The davits can hold the weight but when I hit some choppy stuff it bounces around and that seems like too much abuse for the davits and stern rail.

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If you want a solid arrangement on davits check out this youtube video. The guy had some lugs welded to the bottom of the dinghy (aluminum hull), which is then stored updsidedown on the davits. As per the video, looks like a pretty solid arrangement.

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Our setup is simple. On the stern pulpit rail we hang two small inflatable fenders 1/3 of the way in on both sides. Our routine when lifting the dingy up the davits is to put the cover on her while in the water (The cover was modified my my wife to allow detaching and reattaching the lifting clips thorugh reinforced specialized slits cut into the cover. We then pull the dingy to the top of the davits. We have 4 cheaply made blue 1" web straps 25 feet long each with plastic adjustable buckles, and we throw the bitter end over the dingy into the water ( between the cross bar and the dingy ) when it is almost raised and finish raising it. We use our telescoping boat hook to fish the bitter ends out of the water under the dingy and put them through the plastic buckles and cinch them tight pulling the dinghy up against the fenders so it doesnt rub or swing It doesnt move move no mattter the heel angle when we sail. It doesnt make one squeek or movement. Cheap fix. I will take pictures.

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I would like that. Please do take some pics.

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We have the same issue

And I'm looking forward to seeing your pics, Chef2Sail. A couple of Gems on ocean crossings have snapped stanchions/davits because of the stresses, so I'm extra anxious about getting the dingy secure w/o banging.
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Just a comment, as we are discussing this, I am strongly of the belief that you should never make any kind of crossing with the tender on davits. It is a accident waiting to happen.

I believe the tender should go on the deck upside down, lashed securely - or stowed down below and deflated where appropriate. I have heard many stories of people having their davits and or tenders ripped off in a storm when pooped.

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Agreed

Don't know why these folks had the dinghy hanging from the davits, but there it is....seems like a failure point waiting to happen to me.
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I have done it before and been caught in a storm and learned my lesson the hard way. Believe me... my record is not clean.

You do gain a knot or so with it up on Davits (versus towing). In a relatively controlled environment, I am not against it. You just don't want to get caught with it up.

Ours was not ripped off, but we had to drop it in the storm which is no fun. Another lesson in seamanship for your's truly.

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Both s/v Footloose and s/v Slapdash (both Geminis) had snapped stanchions/davits on ocean crossings. seems to me that lashing the dinghy to the deck is just a better idea, esp in the seas they were encountering. Even if the dingy is weight-wise, well under specified load, the slamming and angle would eventually over stress the system, OR MY NERVES!
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