Michelle and I were unhappy with the factory FP davits
due to low clearance from the water
to the raised dinghy
and inability to really secure it well. I've learned so much from the Forum entries so I thought I'd share our solution with anyone interested.
I sketched out a new system for our local stainless shop to build that I thought wold work well. JADE is an Orana
#79 and we have a small 9'-6" dinghy
with a 9.9 Honda
(and did not want to remove it for cruising). We wanted to use the molded foundation of the transom to hold the new davits
and end up with the boat about 4' higher - also wanted to incorporate a tilting rack for two framed solar panels
, along with relocating the stern light. We haven't yet installed the solar
system (next project) but here are a few pics of the old and new davits. Atlantic Spars and Rigging
(Annapolis/Eastport) turned out a great set of davits for us. We had also had Atlantic install additional handrails for us on the salon
top a couple of years ago - Charlie from Atlantic is a wizard!