swim platform davits

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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Posted by Tom in Construction & Technical, Cruising Under Power, Cruising Under Sail, Gear & Apparel, Powerboats, Sailboats