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Old 12-08-2010, 23:45   #1
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Arrow Electric Winch for Dinghy Davits

I am looking at dinghies for a Lagoon 440 or 450 catamaran. I have settled on the Apex Inflatables A-13 center-console dinghy tender with a 50 horsepower Honda motor. This whole package will weight around 700 lbs, which begs the question: do they make electric winches for dinghy davits? I would like electric winches for convenience ease of use. I have done several internet searches, but can't find any good information.

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Old 13-08-2010, 00:00   #2
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I plan to electrify mine...but you will probably not like my choice...Im going to build two very small water shielding enclosures below deck in my lazaret for two cheapo 12 volt ATV winches and strip off the cable..re spool with Dyna Dux....mount remote water proof toggle switches right on the davit for independent control of either winch....never know when you might want to tilt the dingy to drain it or other odd lifting applications...

House bank is in aft state room ...so will be an easy wire run for me.
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Old 13-08-2010, 05:30   #3
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Better check that the davits on those boats are designed for that weight.

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Warn Industries has a nice selection, there is a 16 year old one on our davit , still works but need to replace it due to corrosion. No cover to protect it from the elements so I think it did quite well. warn.com
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Warn Industries has a nice selection, there is a 16 year old one on our davit , still works but need to replace it due to corrosion. No cover to protect it from the elements so I think it did quite well. warn.com
Mark : Can you post a link to the one you have...Thanks!
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Careful, you be maxing out the davits there. And you don't want to be to close to the limit when you hit the big stuff.

The $500 solution is a Milwaukee Electric right angle 28v drill with a driver and cover. I have one on back order. Cant find one in the store. You can get the bit driver from a guy who advertises in Lats & Atts.
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Careful, you be maxing out the davits there.
Yeah, that's what I figured. I will have to somehow reinforce them, or buy higher-capacity davits.

One of the reasons I want to get an electric winch is because of some the advice on this forum. The advice I am referring to was to haul up your dinghy every night, to help prevent theft. With such a heavy dinghy, it will be a lot easier to do this with a button, rather than biceps.
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I built a crane using standard 12v winches available anywhere for pickup truck bumpers.
They come in a variety of sizes and prices, about $250 to $850.
Run it off a dedicated 8D battery, works great.
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