Originally Posted by mserafi1
They are called Weaver Snap Davits
. weaverindustries.com They look like a solution to me. Sorry didn't have link, but follow up is better than never!
For a small boat that might be sailed offshore
, they would be a poor choice, in my opinion... In any kind of real seaway, just a matter of time before the transom 'dips' sufficiently for the gunwale of a hard dink to begin to drag, and the possibility of being torn free... On a 30-footer, such a setup would be a flat water
At some point, the OP is simply gonna have to accept the fact he's sailing a small boat, and that there's no avoiding all the problematic issues surrounding the choice of a tender
... Especially, a rigid dink...
On a 30-footer, in my view an inflatable
is still the best all around solution... If you really want to stay with a rigid boat, and yet minimize the hassle, towing it as much as possible would seem the best solution... Before the advent of inflatable
tenders, many tend to forget how commonplace it was for cruising sailors to do so, typically with the use of a small drogue
. As other posters have mentioned, davits
on a 30-footer seem to me an absurd degree of overkill, and even with the smallest of prams or nesting dinks stowed aboard on a 30 foot boat, you will still have a large box that will likely increase the risk of moving about safely on deck
, and will likely impede visibility forward from the cockpit
to a significant degree.
The refusal to accept the tradeoffs that come from the choice to cruise
in a small boat often lead to consequences that are neither practical, or pretty, to say the least...