[QUOTE=SanderO;2051298418]That's one solution.... towing for me is no problem at all.... I use a demountable Garhaurer crane to lift the OB and stow it on the rail... (I can work on it there too easily if need be)... Lift the OB takes a few minutes and a child has the strength to do it... I am sure less than lifting a dink. I don't do slips and coming along side for fuel, water or boarding passengers simply means towing the dink with the bow line only tied off to port as I come along starboard side to. When we do a trip I attach the bridle rig... two snap hooks to the tow rings... takes a minute... tied them off to stern cleats. It takes a couple of minutes to trim the dink once underway and that depends on conditions... we tow it close until we're on our way so to speak.
We use the boarding ladder on the transom from the dink which works fine too.
Davits are extremely ugly in my opinion despite they're being practical. Aesthetics are very important to me. Same applies to the bimini...practicle for being behind the helm, but ugly as hell Don't need one because I don't drive the boat from the helm... AP does it. I would use davits offshore and would ONLY have stowed dink. I have two dinks... one with an inflatable floor... which will be used for passages.
Davits seem to be increasingly popular in the high
There’s a reason davits are increasing popular. They easier than towing and jűst as easy as using an engine lift . A child San use our Garhauer davits . We also have a detachable Garhauer engine hoist and from first hand experience it’s just as easy to use the davits as the hoist. Most people who have gotten them I have found tend to use their dinghies more often,
As far as aesthetics I don’t consider myself qualified as a judge of what is more aesthetic or not for others on their boats. Maybe you do. I don’t see where davits is anymore hideous than a rolled up piece of plastic on the foredeck, or pretending you are a tugboat by towing a small bathtub. As far as a dodger, We actually have a very protective dodger. Well made by my wife. It allows us to sail well into December and in March as well as in all types of weather. Many of us who have them enjoy the protection it affords us . On longer trips being comfortable and less exposed to hard elements mat actually keep us fresher and more alert in some conditions.
Not sure I would be so judgmental of others preferences in such vivid terms,as to what they add to their vessel. but to each his own. What ever gets people to enjoy their sailing that’s what is important IMHO
Oh and when it comes to sailing we love the feeling of the helm and do not hand over to Robby the Robot unless we are taking longer trips or I am singlehanding and need to....we love the pure sailing feel of the helm in our hands.
My wife has become a better sailing by steering the boat as opposed to allowing the “cloud robot “ to take over. She actually enjoys the feeling of sailing Haleakula.
Rick sorry to digress here. Back to your original ask. This is the bridal we have and have 70 feet of yellow of New England tow line in the lazzarette collecting dust for an emergency. Have 2X the length of the boat seems more than enough for any situations we found ourself in. Usually we had less than 1/2 out depending on sea state. The bridal allows equal pull and distributed shock dispersal At the moment of the pullingload .
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