Originally Posted by dmksails
What I would like to do is position the dinghy right side up on the deck
, rig it with a harness, then lift it up, swing it over the side, then lower. What I'm stuck on is how to rig this. I do have one unused halyard available.
Install three lift points on the dinghy. SS eye bolts through the transom one at each end plus another at the bow. Use separate pieces of braided line (or have webbing made up), attach a carabiner to each end of each piece of line/webbing. One end of each line goes to the through bolts. The other ends all attach to a single
large SS ring. Adjust each line until the center of gravity of the dinghy is directly under the SS ring which will most likely be aft of amidships. You have now formed a triangular lifting "harness". Attach your halyard to the large central ring and lift away. It will still be necessary to push the dinghy over the lifelines
and away from the boat once it's in the air but it will be much easier to manage than the boat hanging length wise much higher off the deck. Also the dink will settle into the water horizontally so no flooding. If doing this solo, you might consider putting a fender
board over 3 or more fenders draped over the side to keep the dink from banging into the boat. Happy rigging!