Originally Posted by Tom and Maje
I saw a post like this, but it was in the Lagoon forum. Naturally, the davits were different.
We have a 2004 L40, and have not been able to figure out how to keep the dinghy from swinging and chafing. We've pulled it up snug and added ratchet straps all to no avail.
Does anyone have an idea that works?
Not sure if the davit system on your Leopard
is similar to that on my Admiral catamaran
so this may not be particularly helpful. On countless long sails
up and down the Windward and Leeward islands
, also the San Blas islands and back and forth to FL on a couple of occasions, the dinghy was always stored and secured tight to the davit rails. Once elevated out of the water
and secured agains the davit frame, I'd tie a line from the bow of the dingy to one of the Admiral's stern cleats
and a line from the dingy stern to an aft cleat on the other hull. I had installed pads around the davit so there would be no rubbing of the dinghy hypalon on the metal davit frame. In heavy winds or confused wave action, which could result in some moderate lateral dinghy movement side to side pressed agains the davit frame, I would reinforce the dinghy tube pressure against the davit railing by wrapping and ratcheting a line around the middle of the dinghy and back to the vertical length of the davit frame. Worked well for me in over 7 years of cruising the Caribbean