Hide-a-Davit Hangs the Dinghy Off the Swim Platform

Hide-a-Davit from LaConner Maritime in the "up" position

Hide-a-Davit from LaConner Maritime in the "up" position

There are lots of options for hanging the dink off the swim platform; some better than others and among all a wide range of cost variation.  The Hide-a-Davit demonstrated in this LaConner Maritime video is one example of a fairly sophisticated system, involving hydraulic rams to raise and lower capture arms.

Hide-a-Davit from LaConner Maritime in the "down" position

Hide-a-Davit from LaConner Maritime in the "down" position

This particular system features stainless steel in the actuator elements and powder-coated aluminum in the support arms. The hydraulic lines are under the platform but go through the hull above the waterline, which is a nice thing. There are also braces installed under the platform.

If you’ve got a platform like this on your cruiser and you’re interested, check in with LaConner and get a specific price quote for your boat. I don’t think this is beyond the capability of an experienced DIYer, but anytime you’re talking about installing and plumbing hydraulic systems and running lines through the hull, there’s a lot to do right.

If you have experience with this system, or another, let us know in the comments and we’ll take a look at those, too.

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Tom Tripp is the owner of OceanLines LLC, the publisher of OceanLines and founder of Marine Science Today. He is an award-winning marine journalist, science writer and long-time public communications specialist. His PR career and much of his writing stems from the fact that he loves to explain stuff. It all began when he and his brother Mark threw all of Mom’s tomatoes at the back wall of the house. . .