The Access "C" Crane was developed to fill the need for an inexpensive transferring aid for the marine environment, not only for transferring disabled sailors, but also for lifting ballasted centreboards in and out of boats. The crane is also suited to many other lifting applications including small dinghies, outboard motors, anchors etc.
The C Crane consists of a davit which fits in a socket either sunk below foot level, or elevated above in a bolt-on stand. Either can be fitted to existing pontoons, docks, and jetties and are fitted standard on all Access Dinghy modular pontoon systems.
The davit is fitted with a reel type brake winch and tested to a Safe Working Load of 120 kg. A winch based system like the C Crane has the advantage (depending on the length of rope fitted), of up to 3 metres of lift which allows it to work effectively on fixed shorelines and jetties, and in moderate tide range areas.
For transferring people, regulations require a fall arrester to be fitted between the davit and the spreader bar/person as a secondary braking device in case of a failure in the main system. Fall arresters have varying length belts and it is important to ensure the one fitted has adequate belt to suit the height of the lift. This height is constant when the crane is fitted to a floating pontoon but will vary with fixed cranes in tidal areas.
The Access C Crane is available in two models, the CCFM which is flush mount and the CCSM which is stand mounted. Five Stand Mount C Cranes were supplied and fitted to the standard Bellingham Marina System at Sydney Shore-Based Olympic Centre during the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games.
C Crane tested & passed SWL 120 kg - ISO/DIS 10535
Slings tested & passed SWL 120 - AS 3581-1988, Appendix E