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Old 12-06-2018, 09:51   #1
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Leopard 39 Davits

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I recently purchased a RIB, and have mounted it to my davit shackles with 21" straps, the longest that Defender sells. The problem is, when the dinghy is launched by the davit arms (like an hour hand rotating down from 12 to 9 o'clock), the davit is situated too far out to easily board, and the davit straps are too short to allow the dinghy to be pulled to the stern of the mother ship. Anyone else encountered this? I want the dinghy to ride high on the davits to avoid boarding seas from astern, but it doesn't seem to allow for easy boarding. I'm thinking of rigging single blocks on the davits and a choker line.
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Old 23-06-2018, 12:50   #2
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Re: Leopard 39 Davits

Hello Daniel,
We use a 6 to 1 set of blocks run to a jam cleat that are redirected to a power winch with sufficient line to allow for attaching the dingy in big seas while at anchor. Not sure if this will work for your setup, but the ability to attach after the swell has risen after a day on shore has been invaluable on more than one occasion.
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Thank you for your reply, Perfect Ride. My solution was to place two single blocks on the davit transverse and to rig a "choker" line through them that connects the fore and aft dinghy strap rings. After launching the tender, the choker line is let out to allow the tender to be moved to an ideal boarding position at one of the sugar scoops. To hoist the tender as high on the davits as possible (to minimize boarding seas from astern), the choker line is taken in before hoisting to position the strap "O" rings right up to the single blocks. This even allows the dinghy to be hoisted with a slight "bow high" tilt to allow for drainage through the stern drain plug. The bitter end of the choker is tied off to a vertical member of the davit.
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Sounds like you have it all dialed in, Daniel. Fair winds.
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