We need a system to perform 4 tasks –  with no effort required.


ELEVATED (AT ANCHOR OR IN PORT):   Dinghy Derrick elevates the dinghy, sliding up a pair of tracks to the top position where it is locked for safety.  It frees the stern so the crew can step down below the dinghy.  This enables docking stern-on to a quay, and receiving visitors or bathing when at anchor.  At sea it aids a fast person overboard recovery.

CARRIAGE (NORMAL SAILING):  Dinghy Derrick carries the dinghy at the bottom of the sliding tracks, in the wind shadow of the yacht.  This position can be adjusted higher or lower to suit conditions, such as heeling during tacking where there is a benefit to having the dinghy a little higher.

LAUNCHED:    The dinghy is not dropped vertically downwards, but lowered at an angle into the water, to an adjustable distance away,  to allow use of a drop down platform, or clear a raked stern.

EMERGENCY:   IMPORTANTLY -with or without electrical power working, Dinghy Derrick permits an emergency launch in say 20 seconds for rescue duties or evacuation.

You can do all this using a small pendant control hanging on a neck cord, even able to be operated as you approach an anchored yacht.  There is also a switch on the deck panel to use instead.  This is all unique to DINGHY DERRICK

How to launch a dinghy from a yacht with a bathing platform

Is there an alternative to towing my dinghy?

We want to be capable of handling a full sized and equipped  RIB with an outboard already mounted,  without having to tow it.  This can easily total a 130 kg (280 Lb) load. 

Towing adds drag, and as conditions deteriorate above Force 3-4, the risk of losing it entirely, or inverting and flooding the engine,  means that it has to come aboard however difficult that becomes.

So now there is an alternative to towing or deflating and stowing;  a new invention called "Dinghy Derrick"  and in technical terms it is a Compound Double Derrick Crane, made in mirror polished Grade 316 stainless steel, and fully electrically automatic in operation. 

Dinghy Derrick can be removed in about 15 minutes for storage if not needed for a period.

Dinghy Derrick provides the solution

See the videos below- and click on the lower right box to expand to a full screen view.  Use ESC key to return to embedded view.

An introduction to Dinghy Derrick

Dinghy Derrick -  Technical issues