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IMEKAKO posted 10-07-2007 10:02 PM ET (US)   Profile for IMEKAKO   Send Email to IMEKAKO  
I am on the Pacific and am about to get a 20 or 23' Conquest. It will be kept on the water year round at a private dock. THe only thing holding me back is that I decided that if I spend that much money I want to keep the boat out of the water. I hate the look of Hydrohoists and EZDock has rollers on them which BW recommends against. Does anyone have any recommendations/experience with other lifts which will do the job.
JohnKaloper posted 10-07-2007 11:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnKaloper  Send Email to JohnKaloper     
Sunstream makes a great floating lift. There pretty spendy but a very nice unit.
where2 posted 10-07-2007 11:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
What's your tide range? What's your depth under where you intend to park this affair?

Have you seen this yet: The Bellingham Marine floating version is incredible, but its not easily retrofittable to very many residential docks. Bellingham Marine floating docks are concrete over foam. I wasn't too impressed at how the concrete over foam held up in the hurricanes we had in 2004 & 2005. Many of the commercial floating docks were damaged by boats that broke free from their moorings, and the concrete over foam structures that were damaged could not be repaired. They seemed to be replaced instead...

My beef with Hydro-Hoist was always that they used Galvanized material above and below the water. Leaving any metal in the water seemed like a BAD thing to do if you were in it for the long haul. The other complaint was that a 20' boat was under their intended market, so they didn't seem to sell anything small enough...

My father built something similar in concept to a Hydro-Hoist using 6061-T6 aluminum, Float Tanks from Merco Marine, and Stainless Steel U-bolts to connect everything together. He has a 20' Edgewater that lives on it on a protected canal. It's been in use for 7 years now. The Edgewater has never been bottom painted. I can host up a photo if you're interested.

The lift I have under my 15 Whaler is the elegant one of the two lifts we built. Unfortunately, it's not really suited for working with a 20'-23' boat if you scaled up the design. Hence, my dad built the edgewater lift using a different design.

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