Definitions for "DAVITS"
Keywords:  lifeboat, cranes, hoist, boat, dinghy
Wooden or metal devices with sheaves or blocks attached on the ends, projected over a vessels sides or stern, and used to hoist up a dinghy or small boat
A pair of cranes used for hoisting and lowering a ship's boats. The word came into use in the early 17th century and at that time was spelled "davids," possibly a reference to their unknown Inventor.
A pair of metal posts with tackle attached for suspending and lowering a lifeboat.