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Getting Dinghy on Deck

How do YOU get your dinghy on the deck?

I would like to occasionally bring our 90 lbs hard dinghy onto the forward deck and flip it upside down. I have a spare halyard. I thought I once saw someone get it above the freeboard using a block off the boom and then bring it toward the bow with a main or spin halyard. Is that how it's done without pinging the hull?
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Re: Getting Dinghy on Deck

My inflatable tips the scales at just under 90 pounds, and I had no trouble hoisting it with the jib halyard, over the lifelines and lowering it to the deck. No dings, no scratches or scrapes. Piece of cake.

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Re: Getting Dinghy on Deck

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My inflatable tips the scales at just under 90 pounds, and I had no trouble hoisting it with the jib halyard, over the lifelines and lowering it to the deck. No dings, no scratches or scrapes. Piece of cake.

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Yes but a hard dink is a hull basher.

I would suggest some of those flat fenders hung from the guard rail to defend the hull and then hoist straight up on the halyard.
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Re: Getting Dinghy on Deck

I don't have davits yet and its a bit of a pain getting the engine off and getting the dink on deck.

I use a spinnaker topping lift clipped to the caribeaner on the end of the painter.
The topping lift has a snap shackle with a two meter piece of lanyard on it knotted the two meters up the topping lift so I can unsnap the shackle from the deck when the dinghy is in the water.

To lift, I move the dinghy amidships from the deck using the painter and clip to the topping lift. Aft I wind the topping lift on its winch pulling the dink nose first vertically. When both tubes are JUST clear of the life lines the dink swing inboard and I quickly lower till the tubes are just touching the deck. Then I can maneuver the dink into a better position and I go aft to continue to lower the dink onto the foredeck.

Sometimes in higher winds I can't do this at anchor so I have to pull up the anchor and put the boat beam to the wind with the dinghy to leeward.

I then go below and pop up into the forward hatch and lash the dink to the forward mooring cleats.

It's all a pain in the neck and I want davits! At $5k I think I can afford them in 2056.
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Re: Getting Dinghy on Deck

Try this method;

AskPeopleOnTheDockToGiveYouAfewMinutesOfThierTime.

WORKS EVERY TIME!
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Re: Getting Dinghy on Deck

A 2:1 spinnaker halyard and a ratchet block at deck level makes the whole operation MUCH easier...

So would a switch to an inflatable... (grin)
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Re: Getting Dinghy on Deck

Something from these folks could help.

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Re: Getting Dinghy on Deck

Our RIB is north of 130 lbs and we get it on deck and flipped with little issue. It is a bit of a PITA and it eliminates the possiblity of steering while seated (at least without having to stand and check the area of blocked vision frequently)but so far it hasn't convinced me to buy davits.

Our dink is rigged to hoist from its centerline so it tilts from side to side easily once hoisted clear of the water. We haul it to just above the lifelines, then tilt it 90 degrees and lower until the low tube reaches the deck, then I continue to pull the other tube towards the opposite side of the boat as my wife lowers with the halyard and the boat ends up upside down just foward of the mast. Some final postioning and tiedowns and we're on our way.

To lauch we reverse the process. Its enough of a PITA that sometimes we won't launch even though we'd kinda' like to, and if we're out for a few days, we'll tow the dink until the last day unless the weather is looking really rough. It would be a lot easier to manage this system with a wood floor inflateable than our RIB but, we got a smoking deal on craigslist after our old dink fell apart.
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Re: Getting Dinghy on Deck

Geeze Louise...$5000

Our Garhaeur Davits were only $1200 a few years ago $1400 now. The 11/4 inch are very stout and made well. My wife and I installed them in 4 hours

You can also get a lifting davit or radar pole with detachable lift . All for under $2500 total

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I don't have davits yet and its a bit of a pain getting the engine off and getting the dink on deck.

I use a spinnaker topping lift clipped to the caribeaner on the end of the painter.
The topping lift has a snap shackle with a two meter piece of lanyard on it knotted the two meters up the topping lift so I can unsnap the shackle from the deck when the dinghy is in the water.

To lift, I move the dinghy amidships from the deck using the painter and clip to the topping lift. Aft I wind the topping lift on its winch pulling the dink nose first vertically. When both tubes are JUST clear of the life lines the dink swing inboard and I quickly lower till the tubes are just touching the deck. Then I can maneuver the dink into a better position and I go aft to continue to lower the dink onto the foredeck.

Sometimes in higher winds I can't do this at anchor so I have to pull up the anchor and put the boat beam to the wind with the dinghy to leeward.

I then go below and pop up into the forward hatch and lash the dink to the forward mooring cleats.

It's all a pain in the neck and I want davits! At $5k I think I can afford them in 2056.
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Re: Getting Dinghy on Deck

The cost of Garhauer dinghy davit's isn't only the $1400 up front, it is the extra $100 per month in moorage because it would push my boat into the next size up of slip.

I've been having similar questions about getting my dink on the foredeck and I'm enjoying this thread. I don't want to switch back to an inflatable, the hard dink rows much better and sails nicely.
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