Re: What do you use to lift a dinghy with davits?
As others have said, we use Garhauer sets for ours. And YES, leading them correctly will make a HUGE difference on how much friction there is. It does look weird with the blocks at right angles, but it works! Nicholson58, you might try changing yours.
We have a scoop stern. So, we had our davits built so that they can articulate out. Works very well too!
San Antonio/Port Aransas, TX