I read of your frustration. And of course see you want to know about davits
on your boat.
I am a practical person. But, a big part of my enjoyment of sailing and sailboats is based on aesthetics too. I love to see beautiful boats under sail.
And while I am an artist (and that makes me a professional aesthete
), I am first a sailor, so a beautiful boat design has a lot of "satisfaction value" to me.
Despite smaller spaces, and possibly more maintenance
, some boats (especially woodies) are in a different class and give a different level of satisfaction. I see the Ingrid that way.
I have looked at many Ingrids, because I like traditional styled boats (see my CF Profile album why), I admire the Atkin designed boats and the Ingrid is a popular and nicely drawn (designed) one.
I think it looks great because of the beautiful lines and distinctive narrow canoe stern etc. Lovely. That stern is a distinctive and attractive feature. I would avoid messing that up.
So, if I owned one, I would avoid putting anything large on the stern (with exception of a wind
I think a big (and tall) davit with big inflatable dinghy
hanging off it would look like…carp. Actually… CARP.
Instead, I would do one of the two things:
1. Buy a Porta-Bote and keep it folded down on the rail or cabin
top. When flat, it is discrete.
2. Buy a Nesting Dinghy
and put it on the cabin
Yes. I know you said you don't want to block the view forward. The dinghy I have in mind is only 20" high when nested. It is a tradeoff. When nested it may also fit on your foredeck.
Which Nesting Dinghy??
Everyone has their favorite.
After much review and consideration, the one I would pick for my own boat would be….(drumroll)…the PT Eleven Nesting Dinghy.
PT Eleven Nesting Dinghy home page
Why that dinghy?
Many reasons, all of which I won't go into here. But here are a FEW of the reasons I would pick it for my boat:
1. Nesting Ability
It is small and only weighs 95 pounds (hull alone) and when in two pieces that means only lifting about 45 pounds. That makes it very easy to take and put on a boat, etc. But, it can sail or row with more than two people in it.
2. Easy and Quick assembly,
even when it is in the water! I found it amazing that it takes just 20 seconds to join the two pieces together and be ready to row and go. WOW!
3. It sails very well,
and looks like it could outsail any other similar dinghy. I have looked at videos of other popular dinghies sailing with their optional sail kits, and the easy conclusion is that some are real pigs. A nimble sailing dinghy is something I value, for fun and practical purposes.
See the videos to draw your own conclusion. Did I mention that this looks like a FUN boat to have?
4. It has a very "classy" look
that I think would be very fitting for a traditional styled boat like the Ingrid (and others). I don't care for blunt bowed pram style dinghys.
Those words…are just words. It is best to see for oneself so view this video of short highlight clips from some of the many videos on Youtube about the PT11.
There are more reasons, but that should be enough for you (or anyone) to look at it seriously.
It does cost more than a "Walker Bay" or similar inexpensive plastic dinghy.
How does this cost compare to buying or having custom made a davit setup for your boat?
I don't know about the dollar cost comparison.
But I do know that I would not like the aesthetic "cost" of the davits
as far as how they affect the appearance of a pretty boat like an Ingrid. That would just be carp to do that to an Ingrid.
In sum, I would NOT buy dinghy davits for a Ingrid. I would instead buy a PT11 and use it instead.
And, IF you did this and later wanted to sell your Ingrid with your PT11, I think it would be an appealing feature to traditional boat enthusiasts, more than a big inflatable and big and tall davit set on the stern.
I hope you and others find this helpful.