The swim platform in the picture is about the height of my aft deck. I would probably have to lift
one tube up and get it started on the "rack". But after some measuring I figure that the dink won't fit between my stern rails, so this system is out of the question.
The carbon fiber davit sure looks nice. But, the cost of the winch
alone probably puts it out of my budget
I agree that davits or an arch on the aft end of a Prout are not a good idea (although I have seen several). There is not much bouyancy at the aft end of the hulls. That is why I was looking at ways to bring the weight more inboard. I figured for island hopping this would be fine, and I could stow a RIB on the coachroof or foredeck during passages. Now I am leaning towards using one of the high pressure floor models. 80 pounds for a 10' model sounds better on my back than a 150 pound RIB. The mercury
quicksilver hypalon versions look like good. I am concerned with the durability however.
I would then probably use something like the weaver snap davits on the stern for short hops. Then deflate it and lash it down on the aft deck for passages.
At the moment I am using a nice Tinker with a folding wood floor. It is a little heavy, but works well and inflates quickly on the aft deck. I also have the sailing kit and the liferaft
conversion kit. This is all great stuff, but with four people on the boat I just don't have room to stow the extras (mast, two sails
, tiller, sea anchor
, CO2 bottles, life raft roof).