View Full Version : Boat lift???

04-27-2007, 02:13 PM
I'm always checking out ebay hoping to one day come across a boat lift for a great deal. Then I realize I dont know the first thing about what to buy. I have an 85 S&S and I dont even know how much it weighs. I'm not in the market to spend a ton of money, hence the reason I'm checking ebay for a good deal. So, what do I need for weight capacity and any other suggestions would help too. Thanks in advance.

Dan K
04-27-2007, 02:40 PM
I bought mine from somebody on craig's list. He was selling boat and lift and I convinced him to part with the lift separately. It is a 4000# lift so it has plenty of capacity for my 81 S&S. Like you I waited a few years for a deal.

ProTour X9
04-27-2007, 04:40 PM
OH geez I just sold mine (hydro 4000lbs). Where are you in Michigan?

04-27-2007, 04:44 PM
OH geez I just sold mine (hydro 4000lbs). Where are you in Michigan?
I'm in the Flint area, but the lift would be going to Gladwin. geez is right, anywhere in Michigan is probably worth the drive.

04-27-2007, 05:34 PM
I would suggest a minimum of a 3000lb capacity. Overloading a boat lift is never a good thing

04-27-2007, 10:40 PM
I bought a Shore Station 2600 lb lift a couple of years ago for $1000. Didn't have a canopy but other than that it was in good shape.

04-27-2007, 11:03 PM
I used a 4000 pound lift for my PS 190 (2900 lbs.). It's a Doozie cradle lift from Overton's. At $1500 it's a bit pricy but it seems to be a fine lift system. No regrets.

04-30-2007, 01:16 PM
I just bought a new 6600lb. hydro hoist for $6,300. I needed a larger one to support our new boat. I have a used 3500lb I will sell for $1,500. It has 16' fiberglass tanks and the hardware. The pump needs replaced. You can call me @ 803-448-5000.

04-30-2007, 02:20 PM
I have a 2000 Maristar 230. It weighs 3300 lbs. Am I safe in purchasing a 4000 lbs. boat lift?

04-30-2007, 02:27 PM
I have a 2000 Maristar 230. It weighs 3300 lbs. Am I safe in purchasing a 4000 lbs. boat lift?
I think you need more than 4000lbs...65 gal fuel tank + gear will probably get you pretty darn close to 4000. If it were me, I would look for at least 4500lb capacity. I'm looking in the classifieds for my boat, just scared about "what ifs" when you get close to the capacity. Just my 2 cents.

04-30-2007, 03:10 PM
if you're looking at a used boat lift, don't forget, you can upgrade the lift capacity by going to a different size pulley to drive the fan belt. Then install the right size cable and cable pulleys to handle the load.

Used lifts are hard to find, so if you find a deal take it and then upgrade components.

04-30-2007, 03:10 PM
I just did all the research on this and here is what I decided for an X30 / same as the maristar 230. I went with he 6600lb hydrohoist. Reasons are: I do not want to unload the gear from the boat and the additional fuel capacity. I was told to anticipate the average gear to be around 400-600lbs. (They don't know my family!!!!) Put a full fuel tank on top of this and you are @ capacity. The folks I've spoken to say DO NOT exceed capacity. I also live in a quite cove with little boat traffic. I also hear to go up in weight class rating if traffic is moderate to heavy. The final reason is... I fear the kids may foget to unload the ballast tanks and @ 6,600lbs. I should still be okay. Only about $500-700 diffence in the 4,400lb vs the 6,600lb. I was quoted $5,700 for the 4,400lb includding install and tax.