Davit Reality

Discussion in 'Dinghies' started by sarbog, Nov 8, 2017.

  1. sarbog

    sarbog Member

    124
    Aug 22, 2008
    Raleigh NC, beach house at Emerald Isle NC
    '05 340 Sundancer
    Garmin 7610xsv
    1951 Penn Yan 9' Aerodinghy
    Twin 8.1 Horizons v-drives
    I have decided on Hurley Davits. My inclination is the H2O (pull up onto the Davits/platform myself). Dingy and outboard is about 190 lbs. videos make it look easy, but is it really!? I am fairly fit and capable, but not getting younger. For those that have the H2O Davits, or similar, how easy/manageable are they to load a dink onto?
    I could go to the H3O but significantly more cost.
    Thoughts/advice.
     
  2. searay495

    searay495 Member

    331
    May 26, 2008
    Long Island Sound
    2006 380 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 V drives
    8.1 Horizons
    I find that you really need two people to do it. Not that hard with two. But in pulling it up by the rope that is secured by pads around the dinghy, I have torn a couple off of the dinghy, so now have a winter project of gluing them back on.
     
  3. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Member PLATINUM Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    693
    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    It can be done alone but is soooo much easier with 2 people. I’ll typically ask the wife for a hand and with her it’s no big deal at all
     
  4. Rocket

    Rocket Member

    493
    Jan 14, 2008
    Long Island NY
    2007 48 Sundancer
    Previous: 2004 420DA, 2007 320DA, 2006 240DA
    Cummins QSC 540 8.3
    H20 System works well. How high is your platform off the water? I currently used the H20 with a 200 lb Dinghy and it cannot be done safely by 1 person. I purchased and installed their electric Winch. It makes it much easier and can be done with one person.
     
  5. saopm

    saopm Member

    679
    Oct 6, 2010
    North Fork - Long Island, NY
    2007 340 Sundancer
    Mercury 8.1s Inboards
    I went with the H30. Yes...expensive, but I can get my 8’-6” with 10HP 2-stroke up by myself without the winch. I do it with one hand on the dink and the other on the transom door handle. The 340 platform sits high off the water so it takes considerable effor. I might break down and try the winch next season. If you have a smaller engine you shouldn’t need to use the winch. Overall, I’m very happy with it. I still have room to cross to the starboard rear cleat, and access the transom locker for water and EL hook ups.
     
  6. sarbog

    sarbog Member

    124
    Aug 22, 2008
    Raleigh NC, beach house at Emerald Isle NC
    '05 340 Sundancer
    Garmin 7610xsv
    1951 Penn Yan 9' Aerodinghy
    Twin 8.1 Horizons v-drives
    I have an '05 340, so,yes, the platform is pretty high above the waterline. The dinghy is 9'6" with a 9.8
    4 strk. Truly can not imagine a time I would be single handling the boat so I would always have a second person to help. But your responses brought up something I hadn't thought about. With the H2O, how much, if any, clearance is there to access the transom locker, electric hook up, as well as room to move when backing into the slip and tying up? Any room at all to move between the dinghy and the transom? With the H3O it seems there is at least some room/access between the transom and dinghy.
     

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