Originally Posted by Captain Bill
If the motor is straight ahead the lifting lines do run, but if I turn the motor about 15 degrees they clear. My stern lift line is a single
down line terminating on a shackle and two 18" cables on the shackle running to clips. This puts the shackle a couple of inches above the motor , but the cables will rub the front of the motor if I don't turn it. Remember to tighten the friction lock to keep the motor in position. I also have to fold up the tiller. If I'm reading your description correctly have had glue on D rings glued to the tubes to use for the bow davit lift points rather than using the eye nut on the bow that is the standard lift point. Is that correct? My davits are definitely much closer together than the lift points, but the weight of the motor makes the stern lift line hang almost perfectly vertical while the bow lift line is highly angled. It does not seem to help much with the motion. I have a line to the stern outboard lifting eye and another one to the bow lifting eye which I cross and an tie to cleats
mounted on my davits. The stern being tied to the bow davit and the bow line being tied to the stern davit. This takes out 90% of the side to side motion. I further tie a stern line to my outboard stern cleat on the boat and the painter to the one on the opposite side. Since I have a cat this pretty well takes care of all the side to side motion.
I should have been a bit clearer in my description: the Avon is *not* a RIB
, it has a wood floor (and wood transom). So the transom has 2 u-bolts for lift points, and the bow has glued rings as there's nothing there otherwise. So it all comes down to a question of weight, and how much glued surface area is needed to support it.
Aft I have pretty much the same situation and lifting hardware as you, although with deck
mounted davits I hoist the dinghy
all the way up so that the fall is two-blocked and the tube is touching the davits. I then run the aft fall around the hull and back to its cleat to keep the dinghy
from rolling (on its roll axis), and lash one of the handles to the stern rail. It mostly doesn't move, but I like the ratchet strap idea. However with the new Achilles that's all history
. I'll find out tomorrow what I need to do to hoist and secure. I'm thinking of a wire bridle
clipped to the transom eye bolts and the forward eye nut, with rings (2 aft, 1 forward) to attach the falls. We'll see, assuming TS/Hurricane Arthur doesn't get in the way.