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sportroyalwulf posted 12-30-2005 11:24 AM ET (US)   Profile for sportroyalwulf   Send Email to sportroyalwulf  
I am in the market for an on the water boat lift for my 2003 150 sport. Does anyone have any preferences, experiences etc. that could be helpful in choosing a lift?


Rich M posted 12-30-2005 12:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rich M  Send Email to Rich M     
Shorestation makes a very good product. A covered lift is the way to go if you can afford it.
TomG posted 12-30-2005 05:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
Shorestations are o.k., but are prone to problems later in life because of the internal routing of the lifting cables. A couple of my neighbors had large repair bills on relatively new hoists because the cables needed replacing. Because of the design, it is not an easy procedure and the repair cost reflects that.

After much research, I purchased a Hewitt hoist for my former Ventura 16. It uses a cantilever design (less moving parts and greater mechanical advantage) with external cable routing. And it is all aluminum...unlike the Shorestation.

Check out Hewitt hoists at:

where2 posted 12-30-2005 09:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
I'm partial to my own family design, personally.

It will also handle my 15' BW Rage (Jet Boat), in place of the 15' Sport shown in the photos. In the last 5 years, my maintenance cost has been one gallon of primer, and one gallon of porch/deck paint (three weeks ago). Time involved in painting: one weekend (a half day each day). Under the boat are three 12" Stoltz rollers on stainless steel shafts. The rear floats can be flooded with water to sink the stern for launch and retrieval.

Additional information regarding your waterfront location would be helpful: Are you on protected water? Open water? Fresh or Salt water? Do you have an existing pile dock? Floating dock? Do you have access to power at your lift location? Do you currently have bottom paint on your Whaler? Is the bottom composition at your site mainly sand, rock, mucky silts? Do you have a bulkhead or natural shore? And lastly, do you have a budget to work within?

My lift is on protected, tidal salt water with an existing floating dock, 110v power available. The shore is natural with a sandy bottom, I had no bottom paint, and my budget was less than $3000. In 5 years use, I have experienced no structural deterioration other than requiring a coat of deck paint at year #5.

Rich M posted 12-30-2005 11:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rich M  Send Email to Rich M     
Tom is correct about the difficulty repairing the cables on a Shorestation. It is usually caused by the operator excessivley spinning the wheel while lowering and letting the lift bottom out causing the cables to go slack. Careful lowering has resulted in my trouble free use of more than one Shorestation for decades. Of course, as they say "your mileage may vary".

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