Electric Winch For Getting Dingy On Swim Platform

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  1. midexp

    midexp Active Member

    Oct 5, 2016
    Harrison Township, Michigan Lake St.Clair
    1999 40' Sundancer
    454 merc
    Has anybody had any luck mounting an electric winch to their transom to pull their hard bottom dingy onto their davits? I know some have tried, but it still seems they need a second person for help. I'd hate to spend the money to mount one and not be able to bring my dingy up by myself.
  2. Henry Boyd

    Henry Boyd Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 24, 2007
    Newburyport, on the peaceful and serene Merrimack
    ‘09 Sabre 38 Hardtop Express “Serenity”
    Volvo D6 w/IPS450 Pods
    We have the Hurley H3O system that has a built in trailer hand winch. I understand there is an option for a 12 vdc power unit. Rather than go into a big verbal description here you might look at their website. It’s kind of ungainly for us as we have a very narrow swim platform. Actually more than half the dinghy is cantilevered out over the water.
  3. superwa

    superwa Active Member

    Jul 27, 2013
    Rhode Island
    2001 Sea Ray Sundancer 380
    Mercruiser horizon 8.1S
    We Installed a davit from thedinghydavit.com and love it, especially that i has an extension and I have access to the platform while the dinghy is up. No crawling over it like before

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  4. markrsimon

    markrsimon Active Member

    Sep 1, 2018
    Cleveland, OH
    92 Sea Ray 400 Express
    454 Mercruiser
    That looks to be the easiest and space conscious apparatus I’ve seen yet. What does that arrangement cost? I only see links for requesting a quote.
  5. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    You can find reliable 12V winches on Amazon that can be mounted in your transom locker.

    I looked at the davits pictured above, very slick. The one downside I could find was the need for transom supports. That thing is beefy. I also wondered how one would properly secure the aft tube of the dinghy while underway? Depending on how high your platform is off the water that dinghy may well be dragging in the water when coming on/off plane and perhaps even in following seas?
  6. RBB

    RBB Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 18, 2019
    2004 390 MY
    2019 Sea Doo GTX 155
    2020 Walker Bay Venture 14
    Pelican Kayak
    8.1’s straight drive
    60 hp Honda
    Very nice!
  7. Riptide III

    Riptide III Active Member

    Dec 8, 2007
    Dartmouth MA
    1997 Sea Ray 400DA
    Cat 3116 TA
    1994 Sea Ray Laguna CC 250 Tohatsu
    yes myself and two friends. Cheap Harbor Freight $60 unit with wireless remote. Mounted in the rope locker to the deck. The 400 has a haus pipe to run the cable out. A cable from the bow eye of the dingy to the stern eye with a loop midship to hooks the winch cable to does the trick.
  8. SeasNT

    SeasNT Member

    Jan 30, 2016
    Lake Erie
    44 DB 2006
    QSC 500
    Our previous owner installed the Nautley XL roller davits with a square metal base mounted inside the starboard end of the aft locker. An aluminum post with a hand crank trailer type winch mounted on the top drops into the base. Once the center of gravity is determined and a snap in brindle is made it's easy for one person to retrieve a 10' RBI w/motor. We installed a Hurley davit on a 2005 390DA, but even with lighter soft bottom inflatable it was not easy for two people to drag up. That model of the 390 has a swim platform higher off the water than the Miss Michigan version in the Hurley ad.

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