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Old 29-04-2021, 15:15   #1
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Dinghy chafe on davits

I'm looking for advice on what to place between a davit and the tube of my Hypalon RIB to limit chafe during bouncy coastal passages.

When stowed the dinghy's tube rests against one davit. I can use various diagonal lines to limit but not completely eliminate the dinghy's motion against the davit. So I'm wondering what others have used to prevent tube damage/wear in such situations? A fender wouldn't balance well in the gap and would be too thick. I'm thinking of some kind of fabric or neoprene maybe???

FYI, here is a photo of the boat's very stout davits with the RIB.

Thanks for any advice.
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Re: Dinghy chafe on davits

First you should use ratchet straps to tie the dink down. Diagonally and straight in. I always use four ratchet straps. At sea there should be no movement whatsoever. As for chafing, use a pool noodle or those foam pipe insulation thingmys.
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Re: Dinghy chafe on davits

we glued a doubling piece of hyaplon over the spot where ours rubbed. lasted until we sold the dink...

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Re: Dinghy chafe on davits

Thanks, those are helpful suggestions.

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