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07-24-2009 05:05 PM
sailingdog If you want to use PVC pipe, you could fiberglass over it and then probably get something that is strong enough to work. Personally, I think stainless steel is the way to go.
07-24-2009 01:06 PM
drobarge p.s. john, trans oil was only down afew tablespoons at hilton head :-]
07-24-2009 01:00 PM
drobarge for the traditionalist john is on the right track with oak. Hickory, ash or southern yellow pine are also good choices. Most of the load in his design would be compression so 2.5 in square should be enough for a couple hundred pounds, if the bases are well secured. You should check the backing on the gallows bases also.
07-24-2009 08:50 AM
CaptainForce My DIY dinghy davits are SS pipe with added shrouds from their ends to the top of the mizzen.

This photo shows a bording ladder laying on top of the davits so it's difficult to distinguish the davit pipes, A solar panel is fitted above. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
07-23-2009 01:41 PM
imagine2frolic We have a guy in the marina building with 1"SS tubing, and using a conduit tubing bender. Except for some small scratches it's working out for him.......i2f
07-23-2009 01:02 PM
TractorJohn
support boom with halyard

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Originally Posted by corny View Post
Yeah, I'm more and more thinking *not* on PVC.

We have a 28 Ranger, so it's not like we have the room for anything permanently mounted, unless it was a commercial offering in stainless. Ideally, it should come apart or fold up for easy stowage and be as light as possible (which is why I looked away from wood).

Here's a question, how much weight would the boom be able to safely handle? I could just hook the block and tackle up to the end of the boom and swing it over the side of the gunwhale. The heaviest thing we'll be raising and lowering is a deep cycle battery for an electric motor.
If the boom lift is connected near where you connect your load (block and tackle) you should be able to handle a lot but as you swing over the side the force directions change and your boom to mast conection is stressed. Also the lifting halyard may not like being pulled sideways, that being said we used to swing our boom over the side and hang a rope swing for swimming with no problems. I would think a battery lift is no problem either.
TJ
07-23-2009 11:42 AM
ctl411 I think Good Old Boat had a article on homemade wooden davits they looked nice.
07-23-2009 10:49 AM
corny Yeah, I'm more and more thinking *not* on PVC.

We have a 28 Ranger, so it's not like we have the room for anything permanently mounted, unless it was a commercial offering in stainless. Ideally, it should come apart or fold up for easy stowage and be as light as possible (which is why I looked away from wood).

Here's a question, how much weight would the boom be able to safely handle? I could just hook the block and tackle up to the end of the boom and swing it over the side of the gunwhale. The heaviest thing we'll be raising and lowering is a deep cycle battery for an electric motor.
07-23-2009 10:02 AM
Bene505
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Originally Posted by corny View Post
Well, first attempt with PVC was a failure, but not ruling out PVC as the construction material...yet.

The problem was trying to build all of it with PVC joints, bends, etc. Since the pipe only fits into fittings 3/4", the cement and bond is not strong enough to handle the stresses. Next attempt will be with solid pieces, drilled and bolted together with stainless hardware.
PVC snaps cracks and fails, expecially at the joints, which are not made to be load bearing at all. I build a $1000 frame for a tarp last winter. The wind destroyed it. The 2" pipes' fittings snapped. I ended up messing up my gel coat big time in one place and also over an extended area to a lesser degree. That experiment is over. Suggest you stay away from PVC as a construction material. There's a reason no one else in the world uses it for anything load bearing!

EDIT: I like the oak idea. Pine is not a very strong material.

Go with something that was made to take a load. Stainless steel pipe is used for radar posts, for instance. In retrospect, I wish I had used 2x4s. At least I'd have something that I could re-use next winter. For what you are talking about 4x4s might work. You could take them and carve them into something rounder or engraved/beautiful if you know anyone who can sculpt, and you could stain them any color you like.
07-23-2009 09:01 AM
corny Well, first attempt with PVC was a failure, but not ruling out PVC as the construction material...yet.

The problem was trying to build all of it with PVC joints, bends, etc. Since the pipe only fits into fittings 3/4", the cement and bond is not strong enough to handle the stresses. Next attempt will be with solid pieces, drilled and bolted together with stainless hardware.
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