The easy, effortless, maintenance free way to load & launch your dinghy!

The ProDav™ Swivel Davit System™ is the newest, most innovative way to load and launch your dinghy!  With over 30 years of boating experience, we have used many different davit systems; all of which were too cumbersome and expensive.  We set out to design something simple and easy, of excellent quality, and at an affordable and reasonable price.  ProDav™ Swivel Davit System™ is the answer!

The ProDav Swivel Davit System loaded. Throw on your stainless steel ratchet straps and your gunwale tie-down and you're ready to go!

The ProDav Swivel Davit System loaded. Throw on your stainless steel ratchet straps and your gunwale tie-down and you’re ready to go!

 

Once your dinghy is launched, tip your ProDav Swivel Davit System for swim platform functionality!

Once your dinghy is launched, tip your ProDav Swivel Davit System for swim platform functionality!

DON’T BE APRIL FOOLED

The word fool has many definitions…as a noun- one who lacks judgment or acts unwisely; as a verb-to be deceived, tricked or duped.  With such a variety of marine products out there it can be easy for a boater to be fooled by companies promoting certain claims and then failing to deliver.  A product might look good and appear genuine but turns out to be “fool’s gold”  or an inferior knock off of another companies’ original design. So, whether you’re looking to purchase fenders, lines, electronics, lights, or a dinghy davit system, do your research; investigate the product; talk to other boaters and find the best fit for your boat and budget.  Don’t be “April Fooled” by the ethically challenged companies who lack the honesty and integrity to follow through on their claims.   Our ProDav Swivel Davit System will never let you down.  It has been on the market for over three years and tested on the Great Lakes and the oceans worldwide and continues to exceed all expectations. We take pride not only in our davit system but in our customer service and the honesty and integrity behind it.

Don't be fooled by knock-offs and false claims. The ProDav Swivel Davit System is the davit system for you!

Don’t be fooled by knock-offs and false claims. The ProDav Swivel Davit System is the davit system for you!

March prep

March signifies different things to different people… in like a lion, out like a lamb…Beware the Ides of March (unfortunately for Julius Caesar he did not heed this warning)…St. Patrick’s Day with leprechauns, shamrocks, green beer…the vernal equinox or the first day of spring bringing equal hours of day and night.  But to most boaters, especially in our neck of the woods, it’s the light at the end of the tunnel.  Boating season is right around the corner.  It doesn’t matter if the ground is still covered in snow or that the frozen lakes and harbors are thick with ice.  We know that it’s coming and will be here soon.  It’s time to start preparing for your launch date. What can be done now so you’re not waiting until the last minute?

Start with your dinghy.  Give it a good cleaning and check for holes, tears, or any damage that needs to be repaired. Make sure your rib or inflatable has up to date registration numbers.  Tune up your motor so it runs smoothly when you need it. Double check your life vests, oars, safety equipment keeping them all in good working condition.  Don’t forget your davits. Did you order your ProDav Swivel Davit System yet?

Be ready…boating season will be here before you know it and you want to make the most of every day.

Prep for boating season and upgrade your davit system with a ProDav Swivel Davit System!

Prep for boating season and upgrade your davit system with a ProDav Swivel Davit System!

Anticipation

There’s nothing more relaxing than being on the water on a beautiful summer day.  The sunshine, blue skies, warm temperatures, and calm water call to our inner self to pack up the cooler, load the boat and cast off for a favorite spot.  Every boater has a special place to moor out and hang a hook or raft off with boating friends.  Maybe it’s a cove around the bend, an inlet across the lake or a secluded natural harbor.  Wherever it is, get out and enjoy the water today.

Whoa!  Wait just a minute!  We’re still in the throes of a frigid, icy winter here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and boating season is still a couple of months away.  Ahhhh…Anticipationcan’t wait!

There is nothing better than launching your dinghy from your ProDav Swivel Davit System and enjoying the sunshine!

There is nothing better than launching your dinghy from your ProDav Swivel Davit System and enjoying the sunshine!

CABIN FEVER OR THE “CAN’T WAIT FOR BOATING SEASON BLUES”

January is leaving us just as it began; cold, cold, cold.  The lakes are frozen and dotted with fish shacks.  The snow is falling (AGAIN); the temperatures have dipped well below zero (AGAIN); the wind is howling and snowdrifts are building (AGAIN).  It seems like such a LONGGGGGG way to boating season and the dreaded cabin fever or “can’t wait for boating season blues” has set in.  Nothing you do seems to help diminish this awful “disease”.

If the winter blues have got you down, take steps to prepare for the upcoming boating season! Just make sure a ProDav Swivel Davit System is on the list.

If the winter blues have got you down, take steps to prepare for the upcoming boating season! Just make sure a ProDav Swivel Davit System is on the list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If cabin fever or the “can’t wait for boating season blues” has taken hold of you, try a few of these tips:

  1. Check out a boat show.  They are in full swing this time of year.
  2. Thumb through your boating magazines or pick up a couple of new ones.
  3. Dig out the photos you took last summer on the dinghy or boat and enjoy the   memories.
  4. Make a list of gear and equipment your vessel needs AND don’t forget a ProDav Swivel Davit System.
  5. Jot down harbors you’d like to visit this summer.
  6. Plan a boating excursion with fellow boaters and get it on the calendar now.

These are certainly not a cure all for the “can’t wait for boating season blues” but they just might help ease the symptoms a bit.

“A ROUND TO IT”

Don't put off your end of season updates. Now is the time to purchase your ProDav Swivel Davit System! PLUS the black ProDav is on sale!

Don’t put off your end of season updates. Now is the time to purchase your ProDav Swivel Davit System! PLUS the black ProDav is on sale!

Boating season is over for another year.  As you look back over the summer, what had you hoped to change or update on your boat but never got “A Round To It”? Was it your dinghy davit system? As you watched other boaters effortlessly load and launch their dinghies with the ProDav Swivel Davit System, you thought you’d check it out because your davit system just wasn’t cutting it anymore. But…. never got “A Round To It”. Now you’re thinking of putting it off until spring and then you’ll get “A Round To It”.  Why wait?  It’s the perfect time to order the ProDav Swivel Davit System and you’ll be set for next year.

Fall Boating

With your ProDav Swivel Davit System and dinghy, you can take advantage of seeing fall colors in their splendor!

With your ProDav Swivel Davit System and dinghy, you can take advantage of seeing fall colors in their splendor!

Many boaters think that Labor Day signals the last days of summer and the end of the boating season.  They get their boats ready for winter, load their gear and store their dinghies until spring.  These boaters are missing out on some of the best boating days of the year; Fall Boating!  So what’s so great about boating in the fall?  Sure, there’s a definite crispness to the air as the sun rises later and sets earlier but the beauty of autumn is phenomenal. The leaves are changing color, geese are flying south, and the night sky is exceptionally bright with stars you can almost touch.  Fall festivals are in full swing and it’s usually easier and less expensive to get a dock at the marinas that were too full over the summer.  Don’t wait; get out there and enjoy these final days of boating even if you just launch your dinghy and take a leisurely ride around your own harbor.

OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW

We are very excited here at ProDav headquarters!  Our small harbor in Gladstone, Michigan on beautiful Little Bay de Noc has brand new floating docks!  The old ones had been around for 30 years and seen better days.  They were unsightly and had become a safety issue.  The new docking system makes for easier on and off access to the vessels and provides additional transient slips.  The replacement docks are much more functional, user friendly and look nice too.  Out with the old and in with the new is good advice to follow when the old just isn’t cutting it anymore.  This goes not only for docks but davit systems, too!  Is your “old” davit system not working so well anymore?  Has it become more of a chore to use your dinghy?  Then out with your old system and in with a new ProDav Swivel Davit System, the easy and effortless way to load and launch your dinghy.

Out with the old harbor and in with the new in Gladstone, MI. Time to get a ProDav Swivel Davit System!

Out with the old harbor and in with the new in Gladstone, MI. Time to get a ProDav Swivel Davit System!

Skeptic or not, perhaps this will help…

We could not help but share this testimonial we received from a customer. If you are a skeptic, or just unsure of the ProDav Swivel Davit System, please read!

“I was about the biggest skeptic when I first purchased the unit, thinking, this is too easy and too good to be true.  We have a fiberglass bottom inflatable with a 15HP four stroke motor (about 350 pounds total).  We installed the ProDav System on our swim platformtried to get the dinghy on it about 7 times.  We fought the dinghy all the way up and even lost the dinghy off the system 3 times.  We struggled to get the system working (like in the video and pictures) and only one time were we successful with two people pulling the dinghy up and around.  At that stage I knew it was not going to be a “one person task” and I was convinced it was difficult even as a ”two person task.”  committed to uninstalling the ProDav system from the swim platform, sending it back and going back to our old system.  After re-reading the directions for the 5th time and then talking with Joel he convinced me to try it again, this time knowing it will be/feel like a “really weird movement” trying to push the bow down and twist the dinghy at the same time, also make sure we have enough length extended on the crank, and also reminded me to put much weight forward as possible.   What I found is that the first 7 times our gas tank was sliding back to the engine and was causing weight equilibrium issues, so I temporarily fixtured the tank at the bow and WOW, it worked, and so much better/smoother.  We tried it a few more times with two people and it seemed to do OK.  Still a weird and awkward motion, but at least we were able to get it up on the platform with two people.  I talked to Joel and he offered to make things right and travel over to Wabasha, MN (our home port) to make sure we are comfortable with the system.  Joel showed up, confirmed we had the system set up correctly, the correct length on the crank and walked me through the “weird motion.”  Now almost a year later, I can tell you that THIS SYSTEM IS AWESOME and I WILL NEVER GO BACK TO MY OLD SYSTEM!!! I am able to launch and retrieve the dinghy by myself, and the two pins pull out and there is very little hardware left on the swim platform.  Easy to put on and take both the dinghy and the hardware.  I am very happy I purchased this system and the customer service that came along with the system is top of the line!  I don’t know too many businesses, let alone the business owners that would take the time to drive 12 hours round trip to make 100% sure a customer was happy with their product and knew how to use it... Oh yeah and did I mention it was on the 4th of July weekend that Joel drove over. I have talked to several people and I have exhibited the ease of your system to at least 20 people in the last year.  Every time I launch or retrieve my dinghy people stop to look/watch, I‘m not sure if it is because they think it is going to be an accident waiting to happen, or if they know how they struggle with their dinghy and want to see how others struggle, then they see how easy it is and they are blown away. I love to help out a company like yours, the products speaks for itself and the customer service says a lot about the company.” ~Steve from Wabasha, MN

This ProDav Swivel Davit System is mounted on a 41 Carver Cockpit Motor Yacht

This ProDav Swivel Davit System is mounted on a 41 Carver Cockpit Motor Yacht

        

 

Who really needs a dinghy anyway?

A dinghy is a type of small boat, often carried or towed for use as a ship’s boat by a larger vessel.  It might also be called a dory, tender, life boat, inflatable, pinnace or rib. As most seasoned boaters will tell you, a dinghy is a necessity.  A dinghy is not only a safety feature in case of an emergency but it expands and increases your boating fun.  Whether you’re exploring the nooks and crannies of the North Channel or zipping across the harbor to see friends, a dinghy is a must have. Loading, launching and transporting your dinghy on your boat should be easy and effortless.  This way a boater is more likely to use their dinghy and add to their boating pleasure.  The ProDav Swivel Davit System is all of that; easy and effortless to load, launch and transport your dinghy.  HAPPY DINGHYING!

It's not very often you see a boat without a dinghy, dory, tender, life boat, inflatable, pinnace or rib. We like to go on many mini adventures in our Walker Bay, and the ProDav makes it easy to do so!