OK, It's time for me to "come clean" with the story of my beefy 2.5" pipe stainless steel
#1- The expert pipefitter was the brother of a friend who crewed with us to the Bahamas
. The payment was the cost of the pipe and buying
while we gathered in his garage shop.
#2- This item will not be acceptable to some, but I'm very pleased and confident with the plan. From the distal end of each davit I have an added stay that connect to the top of my mizzen and with a tension adjusting turnbuckle. The resulting frame of my davit structure carries this "unibody" across my triatic and down my forestay. Offshore
I carry the 9L Carribe RIB
and no other weight except a tied in 100 watt solar
panel and a boarding ladder above the davits. I've been enjoying this frame for about ten years.
You may see these added stays rising between the solar
panel and the boarding ladder.