We have a L450 and just recent completed some passaging in rough weather
. Without a doubt, the motor (ours is a BF20) must come off and be stored on deck (we have a fitted motor mount). We have left the dingy in the davits, lashed down with 2" cargo straps and secured laterally to prevent all movement, but still in moderate seas the dingy hull
will get hit with water
. This is not a satisfactory situation, especially in heavier seas, and in the future we will be storing the dingy on the front deck. This is easy enough to accomplish by lifting it with the gennacker/spinnaker halyard
(w/o motor of course) and carefully managing it to the deck and then laying it down on a few flat fenders with a good tie down.
During this rough weather passage the Lagoon
supplied webbing bridle
parted and fortunately it was still supported by the cargo straps but for those hectic itchy hours we could have lost
the dingy. I have since replaced the bridles with a s/s chain. In fact I have upgraded all the rigging
for the davits including the blocks, shackles, etc.
I am also in the midst of designing and having built a davit arm for lifting the 50kg BF20 and, yes, it's quite heavy and awkward to take off/on with 2 persons. This davit arm will be a temporary installation
, one that I can remove when not in use; I don't want to look at an ugly davit arm when enjoying my back deck view during the sundowners.
I would still keep the the dingy w/motor in the davits for local transiting when I'm clear the weather is fine, but passaging, it's off.