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position with standoff brackets or ties. St.
Croix Marine Products and Sea Wise Marine
are manufacturers of similar systems, and an
optional hydraulic operation is even offered.
Most dinghy installations require the
removal of the outboard engine from the dinghy, although these companies have optional
equipment that can be added to allow the
outboard to remain on the dinghy and swivel
as the dinghy swings up. Using a smaller and
lighter outboard might make sense for this
system if you intend to remove the engine
each time the dinghy is secured.
Snap davits are popular with owners of
smaller boats that have a swim platform, or
on boats with large cockpits, such as the pic-
nic-style powerboat or express cruiser, where
it’s about the only way to carry a dinghy.
These are generally good do-it-yourself install
projects and relatively inexpensive.
As popular as these swing-up systems are,
I find it frustrating to overtake a boat when its
dinghy is carried vertically on the swim platform, covering the boat’s name and hailing
port and making that VHF call for a portside
pass challenging. Some boat owners paint
the boat’s name on the bottom of the dinghy
for this reason. Rear visibility from some
helms can be an issue when the dinghy is
vertical on the swim platform, and, of course,
using the swim platform is harder when a
dinghy is stored on it. If you choose one of
these systems, make sure the dinghy will not
obscure your stern light when stowed.
PULL-UP, SLIDE-UP DAVITS
These davit systems offer a low-tech approach
to handling the dinghy. The pull- or slide-up
davits have two hinged cradle arms mounted
onto the swim platform. When you want to
get the dinghy aboard, the hinged arms tilt
out to the water from the swim platform,
and you pull the dinghy sideways onto the
cradle arms. As the center of weight comes
aboard, the hinged arms come back to rest
on the swim platform and the dinghy is then
secured with straps on the swim platform.
The outboard doesn’t have to be removed.
These davits can be used on most swim plat-
forms wider than 18 inches and work best
if the top of the swim platform is relatively
close to the water. If the platform is too high,
it can be difficult to manually pull a dinghy
aboard. An electric winch can be used to
accomplish this on some vessels.
I recently spoke with Steve Wallace, manager
of Zimmerman Marine at Southport Marina
Pull- or slide-up davits work best on
boats with wider swim platforms, and
allow you to leave the outboard in place.
Hydraulic lifting arms and platforms
are convenient but expensive.