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Damn Minnie,,,Thats a second boat you are carrying with you. Nice set up.

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Damn Minnie,,,Thats a second boat you are carrying with you. Nice set up.

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Yea. One minute, it's a fun run about. The next, it's a real PITA and I wish I just had a light weight inflatable with a tiller motor like everyone else. Seems so easy to deal with.
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Securing dinghy on davits

Just a small point; everyone seems to use a similar system with webbing. That is good and effective. We use an old halyard that clips onto attachment points on our hard dinghy so it can be pulled in to the boat and other lines that cross cross for springs. Everything is rock solid. To create the tension required, simply make truckers hitches and tighten down as needed. I tie the line at the hitch in such a way that it can be released quickly in the event of an emergency. Quick and inexpensive.

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Re: Securing dinghy on davits

Tod, I've never used a truckers hitch but I plan to find uses for it. Thanks!

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Re: Securing dinghy on davits

+1 on the trucker's hitch. Once you know it, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. Also, you will find those silly ratcheting straps useless....

How to tie the trucker's hitch (or any other knot for that matter):
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Re: Securing dinghy on davits

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+1 on the trucker's hitch. Once you know it, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. Also, you will find those silly ratcheting straps useless....

How to tie the trucker's hitch (or any other knot for that matter):
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To each his own, but I know the trucker's hitch and use it, just not for the dinghy. To keep several hundred pounds from moving when healed over 30 degrees, it requires a lot more tension that I believe I could get with that hitch. Our motor stays on the dinghy in the davits. In fact, we often tighten the windward ratchet, which unloads when healed, to keep the dinghy from squeaking on the davits. I can't imagine untying the hitches, tightening and retying is going to work as easily as a couple of clicks on the ratchet.
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To each his own, but I know the trucker's hitch and use it, just not for the dinghy. To keep several hundred pounds from moving when healed over 30 degrees, it requires a lot more tension that I believe I could get with that hitch. Our motor stays on the dinghy in the davits. In fact, we often tighten the windward ratchet, which unloads when healed, to keep the dinghy from squeaking on the davits. I can't imagine untying the hitches, tightening and retying is going to work as easily as a couple of clicks on the ratchet.
The variation of the trucker's hitch that is in the animated knots website shows only one loop for a 1:1 purchase. If you tie several overhand knots you can run your line between them to make a 2:1, 3:1 or even 5:1 purchase. It makes for a great (high friction) poor man's pulley.

Since you are using ratcheting straps, have you found some that don't rust right away?

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The variation of the trucker's hitch that is in the animated knots website shows only one loop for a 1:1 purchase. If you tie several overhand knots you can run your line between them to make a 2:1, 3:1 or even 5:1 purchase. It makes for a great (high friction) poor man's pulley.

Since you are using ratcheting straps, have you found some that don't rust right away?

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Fair point, I've not ever made several passes before wrapping the half hitches. That probably would keep from losing that slight amount of tension as you secure the first hitch. But I still think it would be more difficult to adjust underway.

Yes, we have stainless steel ratchets and hooks. Still going strong, its the webbing I should replace on one. I acknowledged above that SS is a requirement. Hardware store stuff won't last a season exposed to saltwater.
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Re: Securing dinghy on davits

I also use 1 inch webbing with ratchets. It took a while experimenting to figure out which way to run them to completely immobilize the dink. We hold it tight against a fender attached to the stern rail, slightly tilted down toward the drain plug (DONT FORGET TO PLUG IT AGAIN BEFORE DROPPING IT!!)

As for ratchets I have had really good luck with trucker sites which sell ratchets advertised as "impervious to road salt" WAY cheaper than the ones sold by e.g. Kato which are also good but cost more. Check here for ex.

Wide Handle Stainless Steel Type 304 Ratchet for 1 Webbing

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stainless steel tie downs for marine and corrosive environments. Stainless steel hand tools. Cargo tie downs. Marine tools. Hand tools. Ratchet tie downs
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Re: Securing dinghy on davits

sck5...great looking rachets and advice.

Sck5/ Minnie... I am a newbie when it comes to them. Does one end of them get sewn onto the the web and the other end thern come through the jaws to be tightened by the ractchet? or is the rachet applied to a free loose strap. no ewnds connected. Can the ratchet be loosened easily by just pulling upward on the lever or is their a release?

I may decide to use them as it would be easilier than the way I tighten mine which works, but this looks like an improvement and I am all for that.

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