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02-01-2011 06:41 AM
Rick486 I sail a Hunter 44 DS with the Hunter davits and use these straps also. I supplement those with several criss cross lines from hard points on my 10'-6" AB with 15 hp engine to the davits themselves. A couple years back I added a SS strut from the davit to a hard point on the dinghy transom. All-in-all a very snug and rigid lash up. It takes about 15 minutes to hoist and about 3 minutes to launch. With the Hunter davits so high above the water I don't worry about being pooped, and I have no plans to cross the atlantic. the dinghy doesn't move, squeak, or swing at all.
01-31-2011 12:09 PM
tomhuntdmd
Tie downs

We use these 20' gunwale tie downs from West Marine:

INDIANA MARINE Tiedown at West Marine

They are heavy duty SS and have a nice set of hooks. Just throw the long end over the dingy, grab from undernieth with a boathook, clip on the other half, and tighten the ratchet. Very sucure if you use two. I don't sail with the outboard attached. Too heavy when heeled way over.
01-31-2011 12:05 PM
sailingdog Wilson--

You'd be much better off starting your own thread on installing davits, since that is NOT THE TOPIC of this thread. I'd also highly recommend you read the POST in my signature.
01-31-2011 11:38 AM
wilsonlb Recycle: this is an old thread. I'll post here and try a pm.

I have a Tartan 3800 and am looking for advice on installing davits. Any thoughts would be much appreciated.

Thanks.
06-16-2009 03:54 PM
recycle I cross from East Greenwich, RI to Newport and a couple times a year out to Nantucket and MVY. If I was to do a crossing, which I doubt I ever will I would have the dink stowed for sure. I spent 3 months in the Bering Sea and know what seas can do. Davits are great for coastal stuff. Il;ove having them
06-16-2009 01:42 PM
MMR 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!
06-16-2009 01:36 PM
Cruisingdad 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.

- CD
06-16-2009 01:32 PM
MMR
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.
06-16-2009 01:30 PM
Cruisingdad 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.

My opinions.

- CD
06-16-2009 01:26 PM
MMR
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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