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How do YOU get your dinghy on the deck?

I would like to occasionally bring our 90 lbs hard dinghy onto the forward deck and flip it upside down. I have a spare halyard. I thought I once saw someone get it above the freeboard using a block off the boom and then bring it toward the bow with a main or spin halyard. Is that how it's done without pinging the hull?
 

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My inflatable tips the scales at just under 90 pounds, and I had no trouble hoisting it with the jib halyard, over the lifelines and lowering it to the deck. No dings, no scratches or scrapes. Piece of cake.

Gary :cool:
 

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My inflatable tips the scales at just under 90 pounds, and I had no trouble hoisting it with the jib halyard, over the lifelines and lowering it to the deck. No dings, no scratches or scrapes. Piece of cake.

Gary :cool:
Yes but a hard dink is a hull basher. :)

I would suggest some of those flat fenders hung from the guard rail to defend the hull and then hoist straight up on the halyard.
 
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I don't have davits yet and its a bit of a pain getting the engine off and getting the dink on deck.

I use a spinnaker topping lift clipped to the caribeaner on the end of the painter.
The topping lift has a snap shackle with a two meter piece of lanyard on it knotted the two meters up the topping lift so I can unsnap the shackle from the deck when the dinghy is in the water.

To lift, I move the dinghy amidships from the deck using the painter and clip to the topping lift. Aft I wind the topping lift on its winch pulling the dink nose first vertically. When both tubes are JUST clear of the life lines the dink swing inboard and I quickly lower till the tubes are just touching the deck. Then I can maneuver the dink into a better position and I go aft to continue to lower the dink onto the foredeck.

Sometimes in higher winds I can't do this at anchor so I have to pull up the anchor and put the boat beam to the wind with the dinghy to leeward.

I then go below and pop up into the forward hatch and lash the dink to the forward mooring cleats.

It's all a pain in the neck and I want davits! At $5k I think I can afford them in 2056. :(
 

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Try this method;

AskPeopleOnTheDockToGiveYouAfewMinutesOfThierTime.

WORKS EVERY TIME!
 

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Our RIB is north of 130 lbs and we get it on deck and flipped with little issue. It is a bit of a PITA and it eliminates the possiblity of steering while seated (at least without having to stand and check the area of blocked vision frequently)but so far it hasn't convinced me to buy davits.

Our dink is rigged to hoist from its centerline so it tilts from side to side easily once hoisted clear of the water. We haul it to just above the lifelines, then tilt it 90 degrees and lower until the low tube reaches the deck, then I continue to pull the other tube towards the opposite side of the boat as my wife lowers with the halyard and the boat ends up upside down just foward of the mast. Some final postioning and tiedowns and we're on our way.

To lauch we reverse the process. Its enough of a PITA that sometimes we won't launch even though we'd kinda' like to, and if we're out for a few days, we'll tow the dink until the last day unless the weather is looking really rough. It would be a lot easier to manage this system with a wood floor inflateable than our RIB but, we got a smoking deal on craigslist after our old dink fell apart.
 

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Geeze Louise...$5000

Our Garhaeur Davits were only $1200 a few years ago $1400 now. The 11/4 inch are very stout and made well. My wife and I installed them in 4 hours

You can also get a lifting davit or radar pole with detachable lift . All for under $2500 total

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I don't have davits yet and its a bit of a pain getting the engine off and getting the dink on deck.

I use a spinnaker topping lift clipped to the caribeaner on the end of the painter.
The topping lift has a snap shackle with a two meter piece of lanyard on it knotted the two meters up the topping lift so I can unsnap the shackle from the deck when the dinghy is in the water.

To lift, I move the dinghy amidships from the deck using the painter and clip to the topping lift. Aft I wind the topping lift on its winch pulling the dink nose first vertically. When both tubes are JUST clear of the life lines the dink swing inboard and I quickly lower till the tubes are just touching the deck. Then I can maneuver the dink into a better position and I go aft to continue to lower the dink onto the foredeck.

Sometimes in higher winds I can't do this at anchor so I have to pull up the anchor and put the boat beam to the wind with the dinghy to leeward.

I then go below and pop up into the forward hatch and lash the dink to the forward mooring cleats.

It's all a pain in the neck and I want davits! At $5k I think I can afford them in 2056. :(
 

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The cost of Garhauer dinghy davit's isn't only the $1400 up front, it is the extra $100 per month in moorage because it would push my boat into the next size up of slip.

I've been having similar questions about getting my dink on the foredeck and I'm enjoying this thread. I don't want to switch back to an inflatable, the hard dink rows much better and sails nicely.
 

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A bridle rigged to lift the boat level, and a spinn pole or whisker pole as a boom should make it easier to lift clear without damage.. still need to drop on deck and flip it over, though...

btw slipping several feet of 2" split foam pipe insulation over the dinghy gunwales as a fender works a treat too...
 
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I use the main halyard to bring our Walker bay 8' dinghy. I use the boat pole to hold it off the life lines untill its high enough to bring it on. a wench and cleat on the mast helps haul and lock it when I need to move it in place.
 

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I've been having similar questions about getting my dink on the foredeck and I'm enjoying this thread. I don't want to switch back to an inflatable, the hard dink rows much better and sails nicely.
As I mentioned earlier, a 2:1 spin halyard works wonders for me, makes the whole operation pretty simple singlehanded...

Another alternative for use with a regular halyard, is a handy-billy tackle arrangement of sufficient length that can be snapped onto the halyard... A very good thing to have aboard any boat, in any event...



Lift the tender vertically from the bow eye until the transom is about at deck level. Walk it forward, lift the transom up over the lifelines, set it down on deck, then lower the bow... Easy as pie...

If you're concerned about protecting the hull, a fender skirt hung in the appropriate spot should do fine... Fender skirts matching the height of your freeboard amidships, 5-6' in length (or more, depending upon the size of your boat), backed with a soft material, will also help protect your topsides whenever the tender is brought alongside...

I'm always surprised that fender skirts are not more widely used... FAR more effective, and practical, than those fleece fender covers so many seem to favor nowadays...

 

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Thanks Jon. The fender skirt is a good idea and I have plenty of Sunbrella waiting for simple projects like that. The block and tackle approach is what I had already assumed I would do, I just haven't had a chance to try it yet. Knowing that you lift it bow first to flip it is helpful.
 

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Geeze Louise...$5000

Our Garhaeur Davits were only $1200 a few years ago $1400 now. The 11/4 inch are very stout and made well. My wife and I installed them in 4 hours

You can also get a lifting davit or radar pole with detachable lift . All for under $2500 total
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Thanks for the links... But remember I need to get strong enough ones to life the dink out whilst the outboard is attached to the dink and then go cross an ocean.

Need to get the solar panels up on top too. It all adds up to heavy kit.

Mark
 

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I've got a Boston Whaler 11 foot tender, that probably weights 300 pounds that I put on my foredeck for long passages offshore. The way I do it is to simply hoist it up with a jib halyard. As long as I have one other person to hold it off of the hull, and to kind of guide it as I let it down, it is easy as it can be to do. Putting it back in the water is the same. I've never tried to do it anywhere but in calm water while anchored or tied up and I don't think I would want to try it anywhere else.

By myself, it takes lots of fenders to keep from scratching anything. :D
 

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Thanks for the links... But remember I need to get strong enough ones to life the dink out whilst the outboard is attached to the dink and then go cross an ocean.

Need to get the solar panels up on top too. It all adds up to heavy kit.

Mark
Mark,

Do you have a particular manufacturer and product in mind?

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The cost of Garhauer dinghy davit's isn't only the $1400 up front, it is the extra $100 per month in moorage because it would push my boat into the next size up of slip.

I've been having similar questions about getting my dink on the foredeck and I'm enjoying this thread. I don't want to switch back to an inflatable, the hard dink rows much better and sails nicely.
I understand. So it must have ruled boats out that had davits when you bought yours too.:)

My reply, if you had read more thoroughly, was directed at Markseaolife. He mentioned he really wanted davits and price was the issue, and in case he said he would rather have davits but they were going to cost him an extra $5000. In your case they do not really apply. :)
It's all a pain in the neck and I want davits! At $5k I think I can afford them in 2056.Markseaof life
We have found that after we placed davits on our boat that we use our dinghy many many more times than when we carried it on deck as it takes 5 quick minutes to drop it. We still cary the dinghy on deck and the engine on the rail when sailing up the coast or in projected rough weather/ passage.

We attach our spinnaker halyard to the two triangles formed by the web straps attached to the lifting points inside the dingy and on the transom. The same reinforced points used to hold the dinghy in the davits. Its a simple crank over the life lines and swing onto the deck. f we had a RIB or solid dingy I would use some small fenders on the side against the hull.

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Thanks for the links... But remember I need to get strong enough ones to life the dink out whilst the outboard is attached to the dink and then go cross an ocean.

Need to get the solar panels up on top too. It all adds up to heavy kit.

Mark
Mark,

These are fairly robust and not like the Kato or Kingston ones.

These are oversized and is why I suggested the 1/14 inch tubes. Next time you can go to a boat show check out their booth. Garhauer makes some industrial strength equipment.

They can be installed as stern attachments or though deck on the hull. They come with large backing plates.

I wouldn't suggest that you cross the ocean with the dinghy on the davits in any case as it could get pooped to easily.

Our davits hold our 10 ft Walker Bay ( 72 lbs) and 4 hp Tahatsu ( 70 lbs) easily and are rated at 500 lbs. The top space between them lends itself to attaching at least two large solor panels ( our friends IP 35 has them)

Just check them out as an alternative.

Dave
 

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I have a gap in my inermediate lifeline I open with pelican hooks. I simply pull the bow thru it, and pull her her up on deck then turn her around and tie her down . Takes seconds. Same for launching
 
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