Davit cranes are typically made of lightweight material and to provide a more portable and easy to install lifting device. Most davits only require six inches of reinforced concrete or other suitable material. Ideal for long-distance lifts since the wire rope is captured on a winch drum.
A telescoping boom and an adjustable boom angle increase the flexibility of a davit crane.
Operation of a davit crane with a winch is easier than the typical chain hoist on a jib crane. This is because the winch is located on the back of the crane versus at the load. The boom can be rotated on the davit crane with a handle safely away from the load.
Davits are common for lifting over a roof edge, in/out of a pit, or any other application where long lift lengths are required and/or there is limited space for a lifting device.