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barefoot
03-11-2007, 04:31 PM
My brother-in-law lives on a river that has a mucky bottom. In total, there is about 1 ˝ of muck before you hit a silty/gravely bottom. He’s getting a boat and is looking for a solution for a boat lift. I’m concerned that with a conventional lift, it would suction to the bottom of the muck and be impossible to get out. Additionally, if they open the dam and the water level goes down, there needs to be some way to move the lift to adjust for water level fluctuations.

Can anyone offer solutions?

KnoxX2
03-11-2007, 04:42 PM
Look at a floating lift. A friend of mine has one at his lake house and he loves it.

bigmac
03-11-2007, 04:49 PM
My brother-in-law lives on a river that has a mucky bottom. In total, there is about 1 ˝ of muck before you hit a silty/gravely bottom. He’s getting a boat and is looking for a solution for a boat lift. I’m concerned that with a conventional lift, it would suction to the bottom of the muck and be impossible to get out. Additionally, if they open the dam and the water level goes down, there needs to be some way to move the lift to adjust for water level fluctuations.

Can anyone offer solutions?

http://www.sunstreamcorp.com/ssc/floatliftPX/FLmodel.gif


http://www.sunstreamcorp.com/ssc/floatlift.html

Also

http://www.boatlift.com/products.aspx?PT=1&INTL=0

http://www.shoremaster.com/lifts/floating/main.html

erkoehler
03-11-2007, 04:59 PM
What kind of boat is he looking at? :D

barefoot
03-11-2007, 05:28 PM
Bigmac, I think that's it! Ever use one?

bigmac
03-11-2007, 05:31 PM
Bigmac, I think that's it! Ever use one?No, but those Sunstream lifts have a great reputation for being very high quality. They're spendy, though -- somewhere around $10,000 - $12,000 depending on canopy etc. The ShoreMasters are cheaper, but I don't know how good they are.

whitedog
03-11-2007, 05:37 PM
Also see. check out the shallow water models.

http://www.boatlift.com/

Bruce
03-11-2007, 05:46 PM
Does he have power to the lift area? Is there any reason why he can't drive pilings? This would open a number of options .

ctkiteboarding
03-11-2007, 06:43 PM
jetdock.com

André
03-11-2007, 06:46 PM
jetdock.com
That's a boat without fins...

ctkiteboarding
03-11-2007, 06:55 PM
barefoot 200 = no fins
powerstar 200 = fins

André
03-11-2007, 06:59 PM
barefoot 200 = no fins
powerstar 200 = fins
So how the fins fits between the blocks?
Neighbor has one but his boat his a i/o...

JohnnyB
03-11-2007, 07:04 PM
Permanent pilings and an overhead hoist system like the kits in Overtons might work best....

slalomskifreak
03-11-2007, 07:18 PM
Here is the jetdock for inboards

barefoot
03-11-2007, 07:25 PM
...They're spendy, though -- somewhere around $10,000 - $12,000 depending on canopy etc...

**Cough**

I've always liked expensive things

**Cough, Cough**

barefoot
03-11-2007, 07:31 PM
...Is there any reason why he can't drive pilings?


There would be an option to drive pilings. But would pilings would be too permanent, especially when they open the dam to let water out?

slalomskifreak
03-11-2007, 07:41 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Hydro-Hoist-Boat-Lift_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ26446QQitemZ330094 657401QQrdZ1

These work great when you need to move you lift due to water level flux. This is a good price and a good brand.

slalomskifreak
03-11-2007, 07:45 PM
Here is a another. Jetdock style.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/CanDOCKs-New-JetSLIDE-Boat-Lift-for-Boats-to-20-ft_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ26446QQitemZ28009086 4188QQrdZ1

bigmac
03-11-2007, 07:55 PM
**Cough**

I've always liked expensive things

**Cough, Cough**

I'm not sure there's a cheap-but-portable solution to dry-mooring a ski boat on a river with a mucky bottom and fluctuating water levels. There are deals to be had - someone here on TT got a used Sunstream for $7500 (search Sunstream here on TT). No idea what a Hydrohoist would cost, nor a Shoremaster. Overton's lists a new Jet Dock for a pair of PWCs at $3500.

No clue what pilings would cost but Overtons has a lot of different hoist systems for piling-based lifts in the $1500-$3000 range. Something to think about if the river doesn't freeze and permanent pilings are permissable on that particular river in that particular state.

erkoehler
03-11-2007, 07:59 PM
I'd be interested in seeing how the bottom of an inboard would look after a year on the jet dock???? Is there anything on the blocks to protect the gel coat?

Leroy
03-11-2007, 08:42 PM
At the boat show this year the guy was showing me a system of smaller pipe in the mud and then the dock has larger pipe that slides up and down on it. You can then use a cheaper, but still excellent lift. Very nice dock was 10k and lift was 5k.

ctkiteboarding
03-11-2007, 09:03 PM
gotta year on mine with no big issues as of yet ,

the beach has done more harm if anything,

with the tide swing and low water, the jet dock was the only option other then bottom paint :(

erkoehler
03-11-2007, 09:14 PM
gotta year on mine with no big issues as of yet ,

the beach has done more harm if anything,

with the tide swing and low water, the jet dock was the only option other then bottom paint :(


Does it leave any scratches, or is it similar to putting the boat on the trailer?

ctkiteboarding
03-11-2007, 09:24 PM
no more then my trailer, its all how you load it, i can see why it would look like it did ,,

they have different set ups for different hulls, the cubes support a bunk system and some bunks have rope around them,,

for me its perfect, i had to bottom paint my barefoot 200, turned out to be a big mistake when i tried to sell it

Datdude
03-11-2007, 09:26 PM
We have a couple Hydrohoists in stock that may work for him.

We are also a dealer for Sunstream products.

PM at you

ecelis
03-12-2007, 11:07 AM
The problem with the jet-dock is that you need something solid to atach it to, like a sea-wall or existing dock. You have to drive the boat onto the dock and if it is not attached to somehing it will move...