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If you are concerned about looks then you do not want davits. They always look out of place because they are not part of the boat. No racer would ever have davits or a dinghy and if they did not such a large one.
On the other hand like a cap on a pickup truck looking stupid is either in the eye of the beholder or minor compared to the practical advantages. Davits really adds volume to a boat.
We use ours for antenna, solar panels, bogie board storage, fender storage, flag mount, stern light, great for swimming, using the stern ladder and sometimes we even put the dinghy on it, though it has a spot on the foredeck (the ultimate in ugly but we aint racin' or trying to impress on the boatwalk). Our boat is a little bigger and can handle the extra weight back there, in part because we've shifted heavier stuff forward and lower in the boat.
But it doesn't sound like you want davits, they will look stupid and create weight issues.
Maybe just ask if they or you can make the dock wider with some plywood.
Have faith that the oceans are going to rise and flood the world, that plague and pestilence brought on by Climate Change is going to punish us for not believing. Please do as they say it is our only hope. :P