We have the Garhauer and had an issue with them the weekend we were scheduled to leave for full time cruising.... Nothing a three week delay couldn't fix, but a frustrating start. We were doing a shake down sail and our 1" davits bent in half at the 90 degree corner. Garhauer replaced then under warranty and they were great to deal with. We upgraded to the 1 1/4" and have been happy with these and should have gone larger to start.
Garhauer builds them to order so you can pick the height and reach of the davits. Not sure if the others do this, but it's a nice extra. Also, they have a 6:1 purchase
on their block and tackle.... Nice with our 10hp and RIB
. The price
if of course much better than the competition.
Make sure your pushpit is up to having the davits mount to them. Watching the stern rails flex every time a wave goes under the boat is a stressful thing to see. We haven't fixed our rail flex yet, but will have that done when we find a stainless fabricator in the islands. I'm thinking a combing strap like Kato offers to reduce flex will be the direction we go. We now just use the davits to hoist the dinghy
at night to prevent theft.
Honestly, I wouldn't get davits again regardless of the manufacturer. Unless you are doing only coastal sailing, they really aren't needed. Tow the dinghy
when jumping between coastal ports
, and put it on deck
when going offshore
. The only place we really liked them was when we motored down the ICW
1) It's easy to hoist the dinghy at night with just the spinnaker halyard
2) rear visibility is compromised on most boats with the dinghy hanging. We now have to duck down to see what's coming up behind us.
3) the stern doesn't need any more weight on most boats.
4) the thousand can be spent in better places for most people.
5). Dinghy needs to be on deck
or rolled for any offshore
6). No worries about stern rail flex
7) extra charge at docks for the added length, but I haven't ran into this while cruising so far.
8). They never add to the looks of sailboats.... Only take away.
1) no reduction in speed from towing
2). Great place to mount solar
That's my two cents