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samgreazy
02-19-2011, 07:46 PM
I have been looking at lifts latley for my slip. I am looking to get a 4000lbs. for my X-1, just wondering if any of you all have a 4000lbs for the same boat.

RaeRay
02-20-2011, 08:47 AM
I have a 10,000 lb. If I forget to drain my sacks on my X-45, the lift gets her out of the water, however wont lift her as far as if she was empty. After letting my motor cool then it will lift it the additional height. I would go with a larger lift capacity if it's in the budget.

Also my current lift is underslunge and is a little over a year old.

André
02-20-2011, 08:53 AM
4000 # should do the job IF you empty your ballast every time.
Boat lift can handle about 10% more then their ratings.(Was told by my boat lift manufacturer).
How much an X1 weight exactly ?

bturner2
02-20-2011, 09:11 AM
I upgraded from a 3600 lb shorestation to the 5000 lb model. Also went to the wider version (120" vrs 108"). If you ever plan to upgrade to a X2 or above plan on a wider and greater load carrying model.

Keep in mind that a good lift will last 20 years or more if you take care of it. If you're in for the long haul of boating buy with possible upgrades in the type of boat you may purchase later. The 108" 3600 lb lift I started with was fine for the 200VRS, marginal for my 03 X2 and was not suitable for my current 07 X2. Other than capacity there was absolutely no reason I would have needed to upgrade had I purchased the larger lift originally.

Based on my experience buy quality and with extra capacity.

2RLAKE
02-20-2011, 09:11 AM
i have a 4500 lb HydroHoist for my X14 ... works great ... 4000 should be more than fine

Willytown
02-20-2011, 09:56 AM
4500 lbs hanging lift for my xstar. put in by a dock builder when we built the dock ( i had a x1 at the time). I called to possibly upgrade and he said to go to a 6k lift only increases the motor size. The steel and cable are the same so I kept the motor becuase it lifts it just fine.

j4rowell
02-20-2011, 02:24 PM
4500 lbs hanging lift for my xstar. put in by a dock builder when we built the dock ( i had a x1 at the time). I called to possibly upgrade and he said to go to a 6k lift only increases the motor size. The steel and cable are the same so I kept the motor becuase it lifts it just fine.

That's been my experience too with most lifts. Generally, the cable size and steel quality is the same, but if you're running a crank lift the gear reduction ratio is just a little different.

I have a 4k pound manual for my 09 x2

hcoog17
02-20-2011, 05:45 PM
I am on Center Hill Lake at Four Seasons. I had a 4000 pound older style hydro hoist. It would not lift my 2006 x-30. I had a center tube added to the lift. Now she floats just fine. I always drain the ballasts before I raise it up.

tprattii
06-22-2011, 01:54 PM
Where did you get the extra tube for the lift? How much was it?

76S&S
06-22-2011, 05:05 PM
4000 lb cable lift here, 2002 x-star. No issues.

atthelake
06-22-2011, 05:35 PM
2009 Xstar on a 2011 7500# Floe VSD.

Iskidaily
06-25-2011, 10:16 PM
Went to a 6000 lb two motor lift with the x-star love it. The challenge with an underpowered lift is that when the whole neighborhood is running their AC, it will drag and stop

davidstan
06-26-2011, 08:20 AM
I have a 4000# hydrohoist for my x2 and works fine but anything above 22 ft would be a problem.

bigmac
06-26-2011, 08:58 AM
Went to a 6000 lb two motor lift with the x-star love it. The challenge with an underpowered lift is that when the whole neighborhood is running their AC, it will drag and stop

In an inadequate power grid, maybe. If it's an area prone to brown-outs. Otherwise, inadequate amperage to the lift motor is more likely due to a too-small supply line from the home's breaker box down to the motor. Especially around here where lake setbacks are 70 feet or more. It wouldn't be unusual for someone to have a 125 ft run down to the lake. I actually measured the amperage draw on my lift motor to make sure I didn't have to replace the 12-2/G UF with something more robust. Nothing will kill a lift motor more quickly than inadequate amperage.

As to lifts, I use a 4000# Pier Pleasure for my 230 VRS. It's worked fine, but I consider it right on the edge -- I think a 5000# lift would be safer, but with Pier Pleasure the only difference between the 5000# and the 4000# is the cable. Easy enough to change and uprate if necessary.

JohnnyB
06-26-2011, 10:49 AM
lifts will vary. I had an older 3600# 108in wide shoremaster which was pretty marginal for my PS197. I upgraded to a 4500# craftlander. A lot of the difference between the weight ratings is not only frame but the gear ratio on the lift. I am too far away from power, so mine is a hand crank. There was no way my wife or daughters were going to crank up the 197 on teh 3600# lift. My wife can raise the boat on the 4500#. It is also a much stouter lift. As others also said going to 120" wide may be worth looking at. However, its a bit wide for my 197 for getting in and out from the dock.

squishd
06-26-2011, 11:26 AM
X-Star on a Shoremaster 5000# vert. lift with 220 power. No problem. I have 3 Shoremaster lifts all different.
The 5000# vert lift, a solar powered cantilever and a 4000# hydraulic lift. All 3 are really good the hydraulic lift is by far
the quickest.

SS LS1
06-26-2011, 12:10 PM
Great thread, along with lift capacity please list boat model, the width of your lift and if you are happy with the lift width for your boat like JohnnyB did as it will help a lot of us. Thanks! :D

JohnnyB
06-27-2011, 01:38 PM
Great thread, along with lift capacity please list boat model, the width of your lift and if you are happy with the lift width for your boat like JohnnyB did as it will help a lot of us. Thanks! :D

BTW, mine is a vertical lift. I'm going to put a small wooden platform on my lift to make up the width difference and the gaping hole between the dock and boat. I think a 108" or 114" would've been a better choice for me.

SS LS1
06-28-2011, 08:41 AM
Thanks for your input, I was thinking 114" max width would be plenty as my single garage door is 10' or 120" wide and I back the trailer through that with almost 1' to spare on each side.

Rather than using a board could you just offset your lift bunks moving the boat closer to your dock to ease boarding? :)

atthelake
06-28-2011, 05:15 PM
I have been looking at lifts latley for my slip. I am looking to get a 4000lbs. for my X-1, just wondering if any of you all have a 4000lbs for the same boat.

Isn't the X1 3200# dry? You're really not leaving alot of room here. If you ever plan on getting another Xseries they only start going up in weight and then you're done. I personally would rather just buy something once and have it done for the future "development" than always worry is today the day I am too heavy? Maybe I am a glass is half empty kinda guy.

Just food for thought...

HMF007
06-28-2011, 05:30 PM
'07 xstar dry weight 4,250lbs. on a 6600lb. Hydrohoist. You never want to push a lifts limits.