Whats the best davit system?

Discussion in 'Dinghies' started by Doc O Rock, Jun 4, 2017.

  1. Doc O Rock

    Doc O Rock Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    259
    Mar 23, 2016
    Lake St Clair, Belle Maer Harbor
    1999 380 Sundancer
    twin 7.4 Merc
  2. SmilingMonkey

    SmilingMonkey Member SILVER Sponsor

    221
    Oct 12, 2015
    Narragansett Bay
    2016 Sundancer 350
    8.2L, Bravo 3x, DTS, Axius
    take a look at the Hurley H3O. Only takes four bolts and you can hold up to a 600 lb dink/pwc

    I just installed one a few weeks ago. Absolutely love it.
     
  3. be_prepared

    be_prepared Member GOLD Sponsor

    227
    Oct 12, 2015
    Mattapoisett, MA
    2002 Sea Ray Sundancer 340DA
    Twin Mercruiser Horizon 8.1 inboards
    There are many options out there, so people seem to develop a preference depending on their usage and obviously the style of boat. For a swim platform tilt style, I think the Nautley and Hurley systems, along with some custom made knock offs of a similar style seem to work well. They allow you to keep the engine on the boat, and travel with the dink level on the platform.
    Here's what it looks like on the back of my 340DA with a 9' 6" Highfields aluminum RIB and the Nautley system.

    Cheers - Ron
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  4. Doc O Rock

    Doc O Rock Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    259
    Mar 23, 2016
    Lake St Clair, Belle Maer Harbor
    1999 380 Sundancer
    twin 7.4 Merc
    Ron,
    What engine do you use with your Highfields?
    Looks like what I'm looking for.
    Jim
     
  5. Phasma

    Phasma Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    195
    Sep 17, 2016
    West Michigan
    2003 360 Sundancer
    Mercruiser 8.1s Horizon
    I have the trick davits and do NOT like them. After watching the videos on their web site I was trying to understand how that little girl could pull that dinghy up so easily. My wife and I tried every way we could think of without success. I called the manufacturer and expressed my frustration over my lack of success. I spoke with the owner. I was asked where I bought them. I told him they were on the boat when I bought it. He told me I was not a customer of his and that he would not help me. I would stay as far away from these guys as I could if I were you.

    I did end up buying a small block and tackle and was able to overcome their poor design
     
  6. swaterhouse

    swaterhouse Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    353
    Jan 7, 2015
    Mattapoisett, MA
    2007 Sundancer 44
    Cummins QSC 8.3
    I love my Hurley H30 and Todd Hurley is an incredible resource!

    I have 9.9 on my 9'6" AL Highfield - LOVE IT!
     
  7. Wet Dogggg

    Wet Dogggg Member

    390
    Jul 17, 2013
    Rockford, Michigan
    2000 410 Express - SOLD
    Boatless
    3126 CATs
    I'm am selling these custom made ones. Fraction of the cost and worked better if you ask me. Only used one summer.

     
  8. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    I have a SeaWise davit system that I can't use with my current boat/dinghy. It's for sale at a cheapo price. If you are interested, PM me.
     
  9. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 8212, 741 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    Dale custom made mine. They cost several hundred less than the mass-produced units I looked at.
     
  10. be_prepared

    be_prepared Member GOLD Sponsor

    227
    Oct 12, 2015
    Mattapoisett, MA
    2002 Sea Ray Sundancer 340DA
    Twin Mercruiser Horizon 8.1 inboards
    Jim, it's a 4 stroke 6hp Merc. That was the biggest they make with the self contained fuel tank a couple years ago. You can connect a separate tank, but it runs for a while on the built in one and I just run from shore to the mooring. I keep a little 1 Gal gas can in the bow locker of the dink.

    The 6hp will get an adult and child on plane, but sometimes not two adults and gear. I don't really use the dinghy much except a short run to and from a mooring, so speed's not really an issue. If you think you'll go very far with it with 2 or 3 adults, you might want a 9.9hp or something like that. I know some folks do a lot more exploring with their dinghy than we tend to do. Heck, we probably go farther with our kayaks than the dinghy usually.
     
  11. sea paws

    sea paws Member

    94
    Oct 7, 2012
    long island NY
    2003 340/ 2010 mercury dinghy 270 w/Suzuki 6
    8.1 v drives
    I have the trick davit system and love it. The customer service was great. I curently have a Mercury 8.6 ft air deck with a susuki 6hp on my swim platform
     
  12. Doc O Rock

    Doc O Rock Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    259
    Mar 23, 2016
    Lake St Clair, Belle Maer Harbor
    1999 380 Sundancer
    twin 7.4 Merc
    Thanks but I want a slide up system. I think I'm going with a Nautley roller system, a light weight aluminium RIB and a 6 horse Merc.
     
  13. Molson

    Molson Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Aug 5, 2011
    Midland, ON
    1997 330 DA
    Twin 7.4 carb V-Drives
    Check out Dinghy Caddy. We love it.

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    You can see it in the down position here, it becomes a large boarding ladder:
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  14. MasterFab

    MasterFab Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Aug 17, 2010
    Wallkill, NY
    2002 340 Sundancer, Rescued, Restored, Modernized, and now Sold
    8.1L Horizons, ZF 63 V Drives
    And I have 4 more systems on the shelf and ready to go.......

    Let me know if you'd like to know more.

    Dale
     
  15. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 8212, 741 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    I think I undersold "custom". At Dale's request I sent templates of the underside of the dinghy and measurements of the dinghy and platform. What I got in return were davits that perfectly cradle the dinghy and position it exactly where I wanted it on the platform. This was at a cost about 20-25% less than the off-the-shelf options.
     
  16. Lake Superior

    Lake Superior New Member

    4
    Mar 16, 2011
    Lake Superior
    1996 330 sundancer
    2 5.7 litre inboards
    I question the (actual) source of this comment. I put NOTHING past one of my competitors. No one has ever been told that if they didn't purchase the system from me that I wouldn't help them. In fact, I've warrantied parts that are five years old for people that purchased a Trick Davit System already on a boat. I may have asked if the davits were purchased for that particular boat. But the people were still assisted. Jim Trethewey Trick Davit Systems
     

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