Monday, January 27, 2014

Dinghy Lift Revisited

Last summer Jim on Orcas Island installed a dinghy lift on Shatoosh. It still needs some modifications to make it more effective. The upright pole needs to be taller and the lifting arm needs to be longer. Since the whole pole rotates, so does the winch which tends to put the winch handle in an awkward position for letting down the dinghy onto the hardtop.

I have been thinking about solutions to these problems.
1.  Remove arm and make longer one
2.  Lengthen pole by adding a larger diameter piped sleeve over the pre-existing one. This would rotate on the original upright pole and would go down to the brace on the hardtop.
3. Remove winch and place it on the upright pole below the brace. That way it would not rotate and stay fixed.

What would you do? I would love to hear any ideas that you might have.