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    Default Crane vs Davits

    I might be getting a new boat. I was going to have davits put on, but the man has suggested a small crane instead. Apparently, he's talking about a new, small swim platform mounted carbon fibre electric crane thingy. Never seen such a beast myself. What does the team think?

    Object is to get a small (3m-ish RIB with maybe a 15hp) on and off the swim platform.



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    Default Re: Crane vs Davits

    Um, depends on the boat, and on what the crane looks like, but I'm not keen.

    Ordinary davits with winding bits are nice and lowtech so you can always retrieve the dinghy.

    Alternatively the usual option instead of davits would be a passarelle (gangplank to normal folk) which doubles as a crane - hook the dinghy under that and hoik it on to chocks on the rear platform.

    The crane won't be a big plus (in fact, a negative) to anyone looking to take the boat to the med - nor to you if you shd ever do the same - cos the crane will have to be chucked (leaving a mess?) and instead put a passarelle on.

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    Default Re: Crane vs Davits

    Sealine (I know, I know) F37, so quite a wide platform. Lots of reaching out with conventional davits. We'll never take it to the med, so that's not an issue. Seemed like a reasonable idea - electric lift off the chocks, manual swing outboard and lower away...

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    Default Re: Crane vs Davits

    pm Planty - he has a crane on his F43

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    Default Re: Crane vs Davits

    For me, I would choose the system which gives you most freedom of movement around the bathing platform particularly for boarding from an alongside pontoon. If the cockpit access door is on the starboard side and you are moored port side to, how easy will it be to get past the dinghy - davits can often get in the way
    The other consideration is which system is going to give you most street cred in Yarmouth harbour. Poncing about with a fancy electric crane is going to wow the great unwashed gawping at you from the quayside far more than windy up davits

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    Default Re: Crane vs Davits

    We've had both davits and passarelle - The passerelle is a great option on the right boat, but of course this is the expensive way to go. Davits being the cheaper option, but can give you a nasty headache if you stand up without thinking!! Also davits can overhang if you have to Med moor in a marina or adversely with a boat that has a large platform extended davits give the same problem and standard davits make it difficult to retrieve the tender. The best option is a boat with a tender garage!

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    I saw a really nice stainless steel crane on an F37, it was made by Whittall, www.whittall-marine.co.uk. They had the chocks folding into the wet locker, think it is called that, on the bathing platform. Really smart job. When the tender is not there you have a clear bathing platform.

    Have just order my crane from them, only problem I can't have the folding chocks on my F44, not enough strength/room appartenly. Instead I have to unscrew the chocks, with speed nuts, but i think it will still look good, but not quite as nice.

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    Default Re: Crane vs Davits

    Thanks for that, Jim. The boat we're looking at has the folding chocks you describe. Mind me asking what the damage is for one of their cranes (pm me if you prefer)?

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    The crane itself is about 2250+vat +fitting total bill all in will be about 3.5k and this will lift 150kg. I had a look at the fibreglass crane that you can move around but I personally was not impressed and it was more money than the whittal, i think


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    Default Re: Crane vs Davits

    thanks for that - you're right about it being cheaper - I was quoted around 4k fitted for the carbon fibre thingy. BTW - do you know anything about this GRP/carbon thing? I can find out nothing...

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