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Re: hauling a tender onboard w/o davits?
We use a bridle that keeps the dink nearly parallel to the water and bring it and the 15 hp motor aboard at once. We do not use a winch, but instead take the halyard to the windlass drum. Quick, easy and safe.
I have done it alone, but it requires several steps. First, from the water to just above the rub rail, where the dink will get hung up and tilt inboard. I secure the halyard, push the dink away from the hull and she pops over the rub rail. Next step is up the stanchions until it is nearly over them and I pull it forward over the stanchions and allow her to come inboard. Then I lower it until most of the weight is on the deck, but the halyard has just enough weight so I can easily reposition the dink where I want it, and then I drop it fully on deck.
We also use the windlass instead of a winch for going aloft. It is so much safer and faster. Just a bit over a minute from deck to masthead. No getting tired and possibly losing grip on the halyard, and no excuse not to go aloft when needed, because it is so labor intensive.
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Last edited by capta; 08-12-2018 at 06:39 PM.