About Us

The Schmidt family has been boating on the Great Lakes for over three generations. Like many other boaters, they desired a secure and easy way to transport their yacht’s tender. Unsatisfied with the available davit systems, William T. Schmidt, an engineer by trade, conceived and built the first DinghyRamp™ in 1994. The original ramp was a tilting cradle manufactured from aluminum bars, stainless steel tubing, and teak lumber. The ramp offered many benefits including the ability to pull the tender out of the water without removing the motor and featured easy removal for storage.
Interest in the product quickly grew and led to the formation of Nautley, Inc. Thanks to ongoing research and development, Nautley now offers a range of product lines including the DinghyRamp™, DinghyRamp™ HD, and the DinghyRamp™ XL as well as numerous accessories and mounting kits. Although Nautley products are shipped around the world, the company continues to be headquartered in St. Clair Shores, Michigan – appropriately known by the locals as “Boat Town.”

Each DinghyRamp™ comes with a step by step instruction manual and technicians are available to serve you. Whether you are new to the seas or a well weathered yachtsman, we are sure you will find our innovative products easy to install and quick to use so you can spend more time on the water. Contact us anytime and we will be happy to discuss our products and help you find the DinghyRamp™ that is best for you.