Hi Ray & Sandy, this is Steve just north in Mount Vernon.
We had our arch/davits built so the dinghy
could be lifted with the windvane (aries) still in place, but with the paddle removed. We also store the dinghy
on the foredeck when offshore, but when at anchor
or daysails, the davits are great.
In our setup, the davits are built so the dinghy sits high, over the windvane, and we have two connecting points on each davit for the lifiting blocks. But, after a bit, we found it to be a hassle in using the davits and lifting the dinghy away from the vane (not a big issue, but I didn't like it when we weren't using the vane); so we removed the vane when we entered the Sea of Cortez
, and used the autopilot
if needed. For us, to remove the windvane is to pull 4 quick pins, and it's off and in the lazarette. You may want to look at your mounting options.
As far as lifting the dinghy with a spinaker (or other) halyard
, it's not that big of a deal. We never used the spinaker pole option. Just got a lifting sling, hooked up the halyard
, and cranked away. At night in a secure anchorage (meaning having to get underway at night is unlikely) just hoist the dinghy to the stanchion/lifeline level and chain/lock the dinghy to the stanchion or other secure place. Even bringing it on deck
isn't that difficult, even though we would have to remove the outboard
When poking around with short daysails, having the davits has been great. We would always hoist the dinghy out every evening.