The incompatibility of inflatable
dinghies and davits versus the RIB (fiberglass or aluminum
floors) occurs when the inflatable
floor or tubes start to loose air. Then the dinghy's middle sags down to form a "V" with the bow and stern hanging from the davits.
- - A new all-inflatable will last a season without risk of loosing air but shortly thereafter tubes, valves, etc. start to leak.
- - So to hang a pure inflatable from davits I would suggest a long metal tube from which the stern, and bow are hung and also a strap that goes around the mid-section of the dinghy to support that part.
- - As an alternative any form of "sling" that goes completely under the outside of the floor and then outside the tubes in the midsection that can be somehow attached to the davits can be designed.
- - Another alternative is the system where two "tube holders" are attached to a swim platform and the hoisted up to a side-ways vertical position.
- - I found it easier to use the Universal Dinghy Lift
and hoist my pure inflatable up on to the foredeck - upside down - for underway storage
- - Then I went out and purchased an aluminum
RIB from AB. That solved
the whole problem and greatly increased the utility and comfort of the dinghy experience.