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The main purpose of having any strut all is about rigidity.  With no strut, the davits are free to swing about, possibly out of control in a sea way.  This is also the feature that permits the davits to be folded and to be adjusted if a new dinghy is being hoisted.  The operator of the davit system would notice problems hoisting the dinghy in control even at anchor.  The heavier the dinghy, the greater the need for a strut system equal to the greater demands.

LS1 locking strut kits:  Used as a pair to connect the davit to the yacht's rail. This is adequate for only the lightest of dinghies.  If the dinghy with no motor is to be hoisted this provides a budget system that will do that job.   Some stern rails, particularly yachts with stern perch seats cannot provide an effective "angle of attack".  

LS1 / CS1 strut package: By adding a single connecting strut across the outer ends of the davits, an excellent "angle of attack" is created, and the connecting strut acts in the same way that the stern rail, but with one important difference. The single connecting strut is adjusted to "preload" the davit system (please see manual under strut adjustment).   This then assists in the important goal of rendering the dinghy "rock solid motionless"  which is what this is really all about   This is a good choice for dinghy / motor weight under perhaps 150lbs. 

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San Francisco’s unique “Boat” tram from Blackpool, England, will run every Sunday through October 13. Photo Courtesy of Market Street Railway. 

MUNI Acquires Third ‘Boat Tram’

By Railfan & Railroad Staff

San Francisco Municipal Railway recently acquired a third “Boat Tram” that once operated in Blackpool, England. The streetcar joins two others already on the MUNI roster, one of which is running every Sunday until October 13, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of its construction. 

Blackpool is a seaside resort town and in the 1930s, it acquired 12 open-top, canoe-shaped trams to run on sunny days. Today, eight of the original 12 still exist. Three are in California, including Nos. 226, 228 and 233. Car 226 was the first to ever operate in San Francisco in 1983, when MUNI leased it from the Western Railway Museum in Solano, Calif., for the city’s first Trolley Festival. While the car was very popular in San Francisco, the museum was not interested in selling it, so after the lease it returned home. MUNI then went looking for one of its own and acquired 228 directly from Blackpool in 1984. In 2013, another was acquired by Market Street Railway — the non-profit that supports historic transit in the city — and given the MUNI. 

The “boats” are often run on special occasions or during the summer and have proven popular with locals and tourists alike. MUNI decided if it could get another one, it would. But all of the remaining trams are spoken for and no one was interested in parting with theirs — until recently. Last year, the Western Railway Museum decided it would just focus on California trolleys and the English boat was now up for grabs. Market Street Railway and MUNI jumped at the opportunity and in May it was relocated to San Francisco. The tram will need some work before it can run.

Meanwhile, Blackpool 233, which is celebrating its 90th year, returned to service in mid-July. The car will run every Sunday until fall. For more information and to see where the boat tram is running visit streetcar.org. 

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