My intent, this season, is to launch my Bravo off my club hoist. I am know I cannot
attach a bridle anywhere topside, and must instead sling the entire hull. Here is what I
propose to do:
Using at least half-inch nylon rope testing at 1,100 lbs, I intend to bowline loop the hulls
with four lines just forward and aft of the cockpit, and draw the standing parts of the
lines aft and forward, respectively, to a gravitational center above the cockpit deck,
where I will join them to a suitably strong steel ring or snap hook. I will then take the
joined lines to the hoist hook, and make whatever permanent adjustments are necessary
to ensure that the rig centers on the hull so that it remains level with mast stepped as it is
lifted. Once the adjustments are made, the tension on the lines as the boat is lifted will
draw the lines against the fore and aft cross sections of the cockpit so they cannot slip out
to the narrower sections of the hulls.
I imagine this will work without damaging the boat. Do you agree? Have you any
suggestions or warnings?