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Houseboat Dinghy Davits?

by Mike

Looks like a great davit system for houseboats.

Looks like a great davit system for houseboats.

I would like to transport our dinghy behind our houseboat, and on the attached photo, I saw this particular method of putting a dinghy on the back of the house boat that looked very good. Does anybody know where they might have bought them?

I guess the dinghy would be stable for cruising and docking, yet be easy enough to lower into the water. I preferably don't want to take the outboard on/off since the motor weighs @ 80lbs and it's not easy.

I have seen those davits that look like two inverted "L" arms protruding off the back of the stern, but on our houseboat the stern has been extended and I don't think we could easily mount them without a major installation.

We love our dinghy, but it's always a hassle towing it.

Any suggestions are welcomed.

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Well Mike, welcome to the forums, and glad that you showed us that interesting looking dinghy davit. I don't actually know where it comes from, but it looks like it would be easy to make (duplicate) if someone is handy with some tools.

Lastly, hopefully some of our readers and visitors will share and post comments about their related houseboat experiences and tips.

Feel free to use the "Click here to post comments." link found near the bottom of this page.

Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats

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Dinghy davit
by: Anonymous

I have a friend on his houseboat, he has like two bars like a fork lift and he pulls it up and secures it to his hand rails, that's all I know about it.

Houseboat Davit - bigger dinghy davits
by: Russell

Okay, davits for an inflatable are cute. But what about those of us who have real sized dinghies? Our dink is 16 feet and with the 25HP with twin fuel tanks, two seats, built in ice chest, baitwell, storage, batteries, bimini, ground tackle, electronics and fishing/dive gear, etc. ???

Getting a smaller dink is not the answer. Yesterday I located a single davit that will lift the nearly 1,000 pounds out of the water to the top deck. The problem is that it will not pivot.

Therefore I have to design a way to mount and control it so I can lift the dink to the top deck and secure it in a cradle. Ain't houseboat living a trip?

Dinghy Sling for Houseboats
by: Harbormen

Your houseboat transom is the perfect spot to use a Dinghy Sling Davit system. No permanent attachments and it will connect to the railing. Takes minutes to install and start using.

Dinghy Davits for Houseboats
by: IAN - from

Bringing your inflatable dinghy with your houseboat has always been a bit of a problem. There have been many innovations with davit systems to make life easier.

I have used many varieties of dinghy davits and you can see the different styles.

You want to make the process as simple as possible, since you want to have the dinghy with you when you want to go for a quick spin, or go to get supplies, or simply to go fishing for a few hours.

Hope this all helps, and if any of our readers have picture or tips, let us all know.

IAN - from

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