Definitions for davitˈdæv ɪt, ˈdeɪ vɪt
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dav•itˈdæv ɪt, ˈdeɪ vɪt(n.)
any of various cranelike devices used on a ship for supporting, raising, and lowering boats, anchors, etc.
Category: Nautical, Navy
Origin of davit:
1325–75; ME daviot < AF, appar. dim. of Davi David
a crane-like device (usually one of a pair) for suspending or lowering equipment (as a lifeboat)
A spar formerly used on board of ships, as a crane to hoist the flukes of the anchor to the top of the bow, without injuring the sides of the ship.
a crane, often working in pairs and usually made of steel, used to lower things over an edge of a long drop off, such as lowering a maintenance trapeze down a building or launching a lifeboat over the side of a ship.
a spar formerly used on board of ships, as a crane to hoist the flukes of the anchor to the top of the bow, without injuring the sides of the ship; -- called also the fish davit
curved arms of timber or iron, projecting over a ship's side of stern, having tackle to raise or lower a boat, swing it in on deck, rig it out for lowering, etc.; -- called also boat davits
A davit is a structure, usually made of steel, which is used to lower things over an edge of a long drop-off, such as scaffolding down a building exterior or launching a lifeboat over the side of a ship. The development of the davit from its original "goose neck form" to the current devices advanced greatly when A.P. Schat patented a number of systems in 1926 that allowed the lifeboat to glide over obstructions on a ship's hull, known as the "Schat Skate". This was followed by a self-braking winch system that allowed the lifeboat to be lowered evenly and then the modern davit was invented. Davits have always been designed to fit into deck spaces that the naval architects deemed necessary and a variety of designs emerged: ⁕GRA - Gravity roller track davit – usually above promenade decks. ⁕SPG - Single pivot gravity davit – for many different deck spaces. ⁕FFD - Free fall davit – For free fall lifeboats on stern ⁕QD - Quadrantal davit – Old mechanical style, often hand cranked into outboard position The standard became so common that shipyard specifications call for Schat type davits from whatever source. Davits can also refer to single mechanical arms with a winch for lowering life rafts and raising spare parts onto a vessel.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
A small crane on a vessel that is used to raise and lower small boats, such as lifeboats, side loadable warping tugs, or causeway sections.
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