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I must admit that I have no first hand experience with these devices, but those that I have seen have the transom of the dinghy fixed one a couple of hinge-like devices to the back of the "mothership" and the bow free to move up and down. It seems that you would be placing a lever matching the length of your dinghy available for great forces of waves to pry the mechanism apart. I would think of these as only inland or protected water devices; however, as I said, I've never used or closely inspected these.
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I think that varies from boat to boat. I carry my Caribe L9 upside down between the mast and inner forestay. The storm staysail is hanked on and bagged atop the dinghy. The dinghy provides a great step and seat for working at the mast. There is still plenty of room to move past it on both sides. When I do have to work on the bow the dinghy proves to be great to wedge against.
I was talking about 36ft and smaller. What size has your boat?

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I was talking about 36ft and smaller. What size has your boat?
Only a little bigger - 40' x 12.5' x 5.7'

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A real pooping isn't just a bit of foam from astern It can hit like the many tons of fast water it is. If the dink was on davits ,it's gone.Now it's too late to lash upside down on the deck.But if you are a fairwheather, a few miles from harbour, with an eye on the weatherfax, towing the zod is easy. I often find them drifting in the Salish Sea.
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The strain that's on the painter when we have towed the dink in fairly tame seas is amazing. I have towed them behind a bareboat and only taken comfort that I didn't own it!

I can't imagine being in a blow, surfing down a wave and pulling a dink whose line probably goes through the following wave to the dink behind it. I think you would need anchor chain to keep it attached. If you did, it would also become a drouge that is careening all over and changing it's force on you at the worst moment.
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I have an arch which doubles as davits. I have 3 large solar panels on top of the arch.

While I can lift my dink so the base is just about level with the deck I only do so on sheltered passages. Any passages where it could be rough I strap the dink upside down on the foredeck.

Why well like another poster I have seen two boats arrive with missing dink plus davits, one of which had large holes in the deck.

On the other hand I have seen quite a few boats arriving after a transatlantic passage with the dink on the davits, sometimes with the OB still in place.

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Have to agree with Minne. I hate towing an infltable dinghy in any weather other than when moving a very short distance. Even in harbour I'll tend to pull the inflatable on deck. Hard dinghy not so bad to tow but don't like doing it under sail.

Mate of ours keeps his dink in davits even for coastal passages but I'm not a fan of the arrangement.

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