Davit Reality

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

  1. sarbog

    sarbog Member

    135
    Aug 22, 2008
    Emerald Isle NC
    '05 340 Sundancer
    Garmin 7610xsv
    1951 Penn Yan 9' Aerodinghy/2018 AB 9vl w/ 15 hp Evinrude 2-strk
    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 SILVER Sponsor

    417
    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 Well-Known Member

    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    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 GOLD Sponsor

    556
    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

    729
    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

    135
    Aug 22, 2008
    Emerald Isle NC
    '05 340 Sundancer
    Garmin 7610xsv
    1951 Penn Yan 9' Aerodinghy/2018 AB 9vl w/ 15 hp Evinrude 2-strk
    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.
     
  7. SmilingMonkey

    SmilingMonkey Member

    222
    Oct 12, 2015
    Narragansett Bay
    2016 Sundancer 350
    8.2L, Bravo 3x, DTS, Axius
    we did the h30 with a 10' dingy and 5 hp motor. works fine and we love the davit.
     
  8. swaterhouse

    swaterhouse Active Member

    385
    Jan 7, 2015
    Mattapoisett, MA
    2007 Sundancer 44
    Cummins QSC 8.3
    If your platform is more than a few inches off the water get the H30. I started with the H20 and replaced it with the H30 - SOOO much easier.

    With the H20 I had a 75lb air floor dinghy and a 6HP four stroke and could barely do it alone. I now have a RIB with 9.9 HP 4S, could barely get it on the H20 with two people.

    Hurley now makes an offset mount for the H30. I suggest you take pictures and good measurements of the platform and email Hurley. Todd Hurley is a great guy - he will give you honest opinions about what is needed and what will work.
     
  9. saopm

    saopm Member

    729
    Oct 6, 2010
    North Fork - Long Island, NY
    2007 340 Sundancer
    Mercury 8.1s Inboards
    Not the best picture, but should give a reference of the 340 platform height.

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  10. rmlsll

    rmlsll Member

    147
    Oct 11, 2009
    Saugatuck MI / Cape Coral FL
    340 Sundancer 2004 /
    240 Sundeck 2007 /
    10' Zodiac
    Twin 8.1 merc,. V-Drive /
    5.0 merc., bravo 3
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    I made my own davit with a worm winch that I run with a battery drill (a worm drive winch will not unspool by its self )
     
  11. swaterhouse

    swaterhouse Active Member

    385
    Jan 7, 2015
    Mattapoisett, MA
    2007 Sundancer 44
    Cummins QSC 8.3
    Based on that it looks to be the same height as mine, I would highly suggest the H30.
     
  12. M Prod

    M Prod Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    550
    Oct 6, 2017
    North Vancouver, BC
    2005 Sundancer 340
    Aquapro Dinghy w/ Honda 8hp
    Kohler 5KW Genny
    Raymarine Electronics
    8.1 Horizons /V Drives
    Have you considered Seawise hydraulic davits? I've got one on my 340 ...raises, lowers, and keeps engine vertical automatically ...all at the touch of a button.

    http://seawisemarine.com

    Here's a photo of mine ...it's also not very intrusive as davit systems go.

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  13. Phasma

    Phasma Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    199
    Sep 17, 2016
    West Michigan
    2003 360 Sundancer
    Mercruiser 8.1s Horizon
    I bought the Hurley h3 last year and freakin love it! 10’ Hard bottom dink with 9.9 hp merc. Even the 110 pound Admiral can load it by herself. I added the extensions so that I can walk between the transom and the dink. I went with the hand crank version. In hind site I might have gone with the electric. It’s not mandatory but would have made it even easier yet.
     
  14. thosmann1

    thosmann1 Member

    89
    Jan 19, 2009
    Key west Florida
    500 Searay Sundancer
    Cummins QSM11's
    7B774FA3-E95E-409F-85E8-ACE043070EAF.jpeg I installed a pair of Naughtly Davits with rollers, even with the rollers it was tough lifting the RIB onto the swim platform. Every time I would get the stern up I would try to help my wife lift her end of the dinghy. As I helped her the stern always went back into the water. The total weight with a 6 hp Yamaha is 140lbs.

    After a few try’s and needing assistance from other boaters I decided to install a winch in the lazarette, now I can pull the Dinghy out of the water by myself. I thru bolted it to the floor of the lazarette and installed a roller high enough to get the correct angle. I also changed the steel cable to polypropylene rope and made a harness to lift it. The winch also has a tethered remote. Everything was less than $200.

    Bow Tie
     
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2018

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