Hi there, I am new to the forum but wanted to share our recent davit project
with you all. We added a custom stainless steel
arch to our Hunter
41 DS. It was welded directly to the original traveler arch.
1)1340 Watts of Solar
. (four 335 watt pannels) Provides some serious shade.
2) Large storage
area under solar
(5 ft x 5ft x 18") We call it the "garage."
3) Great place to hang a hammock or 2
4) Designed to hold up our 8' x10' Solstice Sports Floating dock
. The davits
support the dock
to keep it out of the water
. It easily supports 2 people sitting on the end. This literally adds 80 square feet to our boat! It's also way easier and safer to enter and exit the boat
from the dingy this way.
5) Fits our 12' 6" highfield CL360 WITH the 25 yamaha perfectly. - we spent 4 months in the Bahamas
last season and the Davits
handled great. (very little flex or movement with the 300+ lbs crossing the gulf stream
6) Added an awesome Shower
in the center. We used the original controls, and plumbed up through the stainless. Honestly I was so stoked on how this came out. I built several prototypes with varying size holes. The welder nailed it.
1) More weight in the transom (estimate 600lbs with dingy hoisted) our bow raises about 3-4 inches.
2) Docking- we have a big butt! Also often pay for a 50 foot slip rather than 42.
3) Increased Rocking at Sea. We added a lot of weight up high and increased our center of gravity. This boat
already has a high center of gravity being a deck salon
, with a shoal keel
All in all the way we use the boat it has made our life in the Bahamas
so much better. We do a lot of water
sports, Foiling, Kiting, spearfishing, and having the dock off the back is a great place to set up gear
, filet fish
, and really just enjoy the water. We are costal cruisers and when doing major passages we always look for the best weather
windows, and we generally stay a month or two in one location and then move. The decrease in sailing performance isn't something that affects us too much, but the increase in space and livability is huge!
I designed the entire systems in a CAD software
and worked closely with a Dan Morgan
Metals in Jacksonville
. He did an outstanding job. This system is Beefy! with 2" stainless tube and over 100 welds. He nailed it.
Cheers from SV SwellSeeker!