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Put it on a halyard and wind it up.

That is what I do.

Same here - I use the gearing of the 2 speed genoa sheet winch rather than the gearing of a set of blocks which saves on all the extra rope and equipment and is much less of an effort than sheeting in the genoa.
 

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Put it on a halyard and wind it up.

That is what I do.

And another +1. Isn't that what most people do?

With the pole out and the halyard through a block which can be pulled to the end of the pole to lift the dinghy straight up then released to let it swing back over the deck.
 

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And another +1. Isn't that what most people do?

With the pole out and the halyard through a block which can be pulled to the end of the pole to lift the dinghy straight up then released to let it swing back over the deck.

I used a pole as a derrick for a couple of years then found the extra few minutes spent rigging and unrigging it wasn't worth the effort compared to pushing the halyard then the dinghy away from the hull as it came up then letting the dinghy swing into the centre of the foredeck once it was above the rails.
 

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I used a pole as a derrick for a couple of years then found the extra few minutes spent rigging and unrigging it wasn't worth the effort compared to pushing the halyard then the dinghy away from the hull as it came up then letting the dinghy swing into the centre of the foredeck once it was above the rails.

Trying to figure out how to work the halyard winch on the mast and push the dinghy... you must have long arms! :)
 

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Trying to figure out how to work the halyard winch on the mast and push the dinghy... you must have long arms! :)

Ah no, a 2 person job. Wife winching dinghy up at the cockpit and me pushing the dinghy. I did once mention that I could do a simple block to the electric windlass and do it all from the foredeck but she said she needs the adrenaline and exercise after a day at anchor with me.
 

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If I am on my own I use the rope drum on the windlass. With the electronic remote control in one hand and the halyard in the other. I use a very large Avon fender on the hull that slides up the hull with our 12’ hard dinghy. Effortless. Lifting about 100kg with engine and fuel tank.
 

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I used a pole as a derrick for a couple of years then found the extra few minutes spent rigging and unrigging it wasn't worth the effort compared to pushing the halyard then the dinghy away from the hull as it came up then letting the dinghy swing into the centre of the foredeck once it was above the rails.

Only takes 6 seconds!!! Thought it was more but just timed it ;) ;)

Anyway, halyard through a block on the pole works well should anyone want to steal the idea, handy to mount the outboard as well.

2:15 for pole action.
 
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