Picture your perfect boat ride. You are gliding through the crystalline waters as they mirror the clear blue skies above. The sea breeze is in your hair and the sun rays are kissing your face. The lull of the waves sooth you down. Until you spot your rescue boat floating away into the vastness of the sea.
Now you are a bunch of nerves with a gazillion worst case scenarios zooming through your mind as your life boat floats further and further away from you.
How could you have prevented this?
The sea is treacherous, unpredictable and limitless. This is why having a rescue boat at hand is not a luxury but a necessity and towing it along is rather foolish. As it can drift off by untangling from its harness or get damaged by some unseen danger lurking in the sea.
A boat davit is the best alternate to towing.
What is a boat davit?
It is a safety net that keeps your lifeboat from harm.
This crane like device helps you to lower, load or support the rescue boat.
Main parts include:
Falls: a rope or wire which helps in lowering or elevating the life boat.
Gripe: The gripes make sure that the rescue boat is tightly holding the boat in place during storage.
Frapping lines: Helps launch the boat into the water from the embankment level.
Tricing pendants: They pull the rescue boat on the embankment deck to attach the frapping lines.
How is the rescue boat released?
There are three mechanisms used to release the rescue boat:
- On-load allows the boat to be released from any area of the davit. Emergency activations must be supervised to prevent accidents.
- Offload: This mechanism needs a manual operator who removes the boat off the hook (gripe) holding the boat.
- Free Fall: Most commonly used this type requires the user to pull a lever that creates pressure to push the boat off the ramp.
Can one davit fit all rescue boats?
Over the years the size and shape of lifeboats have changed drastically. To suit the size of the boat and your main boat the davits also faced modifications. Many companies like the Euro Offshore BV designs custom made davits to fit your requirements.
The free fall davit is the most popular variety. As the name suggests it doesn’t need any falls to help it slide off the vessel.
Word to the Wise:
Having a boat davit holding in your rescue boat is not the end of your safety needs. Do not let its ownership lure you into false sense of security. You need to frequently check that the davit is in prime condition and does not require any fixing.
Here is a checklist to keep in handy:
- The boat davit is made up of metal which is why the parts are likely to get rusty if underused. Make sure that all the parts work well (specially the winch and its brakes) before you set off on your next big sea adventure.
- To prevent the boat davit from getting rusty try load and unload the life boat once in awhile. Not only will this keep the davit in working condition it will also act rehearsal for when you really need to unload the life boat.
- Don’t forget about the main thing hanging on your davit. Your rescue boat! It too should be tested and regularly used so that you are aware of how to maneuver in the sea.
Now that you know the basics of a boat davit and its importance what is stopping you from owning one?
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