Originally Posted by jbinbi
Trying to figure out what is the best way to do this off the back of my cat.
Thanks for any help.
Probably need more information to answer your question. A lot depends on the reasons you want to put the inflatable on the davits. If you are on a ball or dock
the system you use would be different than if you are circumnavigating and keeping the inflatable on davits almost all the time. There is normally little movement of a boat at a dock
to cause problems with an inflatable on davits compared to what goes on in blue water
. In fact most folks who are even doing a short hop like from Florida
to the Bahamas
will take the outboard
off the inflatable, remove everything from inside the inflatable, and secure it to to a greater degree than if the trip is a simple day sail.
To answer some of your specific questions I would go some what oversize in selecting line and base it more on how easy it is to handle the line, with or without gloves, as opposed to how strong it needs to be to lift
the inflatable and motor
I agree with the post about running supports under the inflatable in addition to the bridle
and snap shackles above it for long term storage
or passages; but I have been using straps for this purpose instead of rope
. Not sure where I got them but here is a link to a harborfreight product
that will give you an idea of what I am talking about. I know you can get stuff like that from other sources that is probably better quality.
I also have not only used pulleys to raise the inflatable but have a pulley dedicated to raising the outboard
and a bracket to secure the outboard on.
Another thing to consider is once the outboard and everything else has been removed from the inflatable there may be a better way to secure it for long term storage
and long passages. I have two securing points shaped like a squared off U below the davits. I turn the inflatable 90 degrees from the way it floats and put the squared off Us between the inflatable tubes and bottom. Then I secure it with the straps I linked to above. Here is a pix, the Us are on the tube at the top of the seats.
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