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hendryjl 08-08-2010 8:40 PM

Lift alternatives
So, I've read a ton of boards including searching this board and the archives and I'm still not seeing a lot of alternatives...

I have a 2000 MC Prostar 205V I've owned since she was new. It's in fantastic shape and I'm trying to keep it that way, which requires a lift since I keep it at my dock.

My dock attributes:
- U shaped dock with top deck
- Floating dock, adjusts in an out from shore to match with fluctuating water levels
- Slip is 10' wide
- Fresh water lake
- In a no-wake cove so no major wave issues
- 12 feet of water under the dock at full pool*
* In severe drought times, I can move the dock to another location (deeper water), but it's a huge effort. I want to get a lift that operates in minimal depth so I can wait out the move as long as possible (avoid moving at all).

Cable Lifts - Out
It's a corp lake and they don't allow cable lifts on it, so those are out.

Free-Standing Lifts - Out
I have to have something that floats and moves with the dock when needed.

Air Bag Lifts - Out
I've been using an air-dock (www.air-dock.com) air-bag lift for the last 10 years. It's been working ok, and for the price, it's been a really good solution, and requires the least water depth of anything I've seen, but it's been a maintenance burden. I have a bunch of patch repairs on it. I'm looking for something easier and simpler.

Hydraulic Lifts - ???
I saw the Sunstream Hydraulic and love it, but it's not going to happen in a 10' wide slip (they need 12'). Are there other hydraulic solutions that can fit my dimensions/criteria?

Floating tank (air/water) lifts - ???
The best solution in this catagory seems to be the HydroHoist UL-2, which is their shallow water lift. It's right at the maximum amount of required water depth that I'm comfortable with. Their pricing and the inability to self-install (they won't allow it) doesn't sit that well with me.

Anyone got any other suggestions? Just give me a quick pointer and I'll go research them.

Thanks in advance,

TheSarge 08-08-2010 11:02 PM

By a used hydro-hoist and be done with it. Install it yourself.

bmartin 08-09-2010 9:56 AM

They do make hydraulic lifts less than 10' wide, but I do not think your water level stays constant enough for a hydraulic lift and it would be an enormous effort to move if you ever had to chase water with your dock. There are several hydrohoist type lifts out there and you can troll the ususal sources and boat dock companies for a used one.

ktrent 08-09-2010 10:08 AM

hydro hoist or a shoremaster type lift is your only option. they are not hard to instal if you have any common mechanical knowlege at all. just keep your eyes and ears peeled for a used one to save some $$$. i found a shoremaster for $3000.00 and it was only 1 year old. we did the install in a day and i live on a lake that fluxuates 30+ feet and we have no issuses at all. also i am on main channel with nice rollers all day on weekends with no issuse with that either. you just have to bite the bullet and do it. i would however make sure if you get a used one to make sure you can obtain parts. you never know when you could need something.

good luck.

bzubke1 08-09-2010 10:18 AM

Where do you live? i'm in north texas and found a guy who sells used shoremaster type lifts. We got ours installed for $3000 with a one year warranty. And he has been really good about coming out to fix any issues we've had. If youre in the area and interested let me know and i'll get u his information.

dbdb 08-09-2010 10:36 AM

If you don't mind me asking, what are they asking for the UL2?

acurtis_ttu 08-09-2010 12:00 PM

try tigerboatdocks.com call and see what they reccomend. they also sell used lifts.

tre 08-09-2010 1:46 PM

A Hydraulic Lift such as a Sunstream is a free standing lift that you said was out. Our neighbors have one and it is great. We have a shorestation which is fine but not as nice as a Sunstream but again both are free standing (but can be moved out with 3 or 4 strong guys).

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