Ok, I thought I'd throw this out to the community for opinions. I'm planning out davits
for future cruising. The boat is 39' (11.9 m)long, the beam is 13' 2"(4 m), and the beam at the stern on deck
is 8-1/2' (2.6 m). The deck
is 3-1/2' (1.1 m) off of the water
, and the rail is 2' (.6 m) above the deck.
While I would love to have a hard dinghy
, I've yet to find one that I think is light enough, small enough, and still able to plane. So I'm likely stuck with a RIB
, and I'm thinking I can probably safely carry a 10' (3 m). But I've never owned a boat with davits
, and I'm not sure how 9" of overhang on each side of the stern would behave.
I also have an issue with putting a dinghy on the foredeck, since I've got a stay up there that is in the way. I don't know what you call it, it's not a stay for a cutter
sail, it hits the deck about 5 or 6 feet in front of the mast
and goes half way up. But it makes the space between it and the windlass
too small to lay a 10' Rib
. So whatever I get will probably live on davits full time or have to lay across the aft cabin
top. Not planning on circumnavigation
, just coastal cruising with short hops into the blue like crossing to the Bahamas
and between the islands.
So what do you think, can I carry a 12', or only an 8', or would 10' work?
Also, with the beam 8-1/2 feet at the stern, how far apart should I be putting the davits, 6 feet?