Originally Posted by b_rodwell
[*]Are there mods I could complete that might reduce the likelyhood of damage? I am thinking of spectra stays to increase the load the davits
could take plus a dinghy
cover to shed most of a wave breaking over the dinghy
.[/LIST]I would love to hear your critical thoughts.
Have been thinking about this Brian. Even though I'm happy with the davit strength and clearance on the L400, there is a degree of flexibility in the davits
. I'm also fairly sure that this is as per design intention.
I have an easy suggestion to take some strain off the davits. This is done simply by cleating off the dinghy haul up lines onto the two inboard stern cleats
rather than using the jammers on top of the davits. So, don't use the jammers and secure the lines to the cleats
instead. When the dinghy haul up lines are taught and the deck
cleats are carrying some of the weight of the dinghy the davits seem more rigid.
We have ratchet straps under the dinghy as a backup as well, but most of the load is carried by the haul up lines.
By the way, don't be tempted to shorten these ropes. The full length is needed if lowering a dinghy to the ground when the boat is on the hard