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09-13-2012, 07:55 AM
I have a 1994 PS 205,

The ownerís manual says it has a dry weight of #2550. Iím looking for a shore station boat lift; will #3000 lift work for my mastercraft?

What lift is working for you?


09-13-2012, 04:26 PM
Ask yourself these ?'s.
How much do I weigh?
How much do my regular passengers weigh?
How fuel does it hold (6.1 lbs/gal)?
How much do all my watersports toys weigh?
How much do all my supplies weigh when I go out for a day? (refreshments, snacks etc etc)
Will I ever be running extra weight (ballast)?
Will it ever get caught w/o the tarp on during a huge rainstorm?
Am I ever going to get a heavier boat?

I'm pretty sure all this will add up to over 3000 lbs. Personally I would be looking at minimum 4000#. For future resale, 5000#.

I have an 09 Xstar, dry weight of 4250# and I am running a 7500# Floe. The smallest I would have went was 6K. Think overkill, not about saving a little bit of money is my philosophy when it comes to holding up "my precious".

09-13-2012, 09:21 PM
I've been using a Hewitt 3000lb lift for my approximate 2500lb dry weight boat since 1998 with ZERO problems. I personally think your boat will safely rest on a 3000lb lift. By the way, I don't lift the boat with myself or passengers in it. I do agree that if you have any intentions of buying a bigger/heavier boat in the future, you should hold out for a larger capacity lift.

09-13-2012, 10:45 PM
Same boat. I used to have an OLD 2600 lb hoist for a few years. Broke a cable, but it was old. I now have 3000 lb shorestation. Upgraded for $50 and it had electric winch. Been using a few years. Replaced a cable that was frayed and snapped. If you are buying used, check the cables for wear

I don't lift w more than one person in the boat, if that. I ski so my tank is never full. I unload stuff before cranking all the way up. Works great. I would have rather had 3600 or 4000 lb but this was a good deal. I have no plans to replace.

Go for it.

88 PS190
09-13-2012, 11:30 PM
I think there is an OK safety factor in them, I also have a 3K hoist and a 4K hoist. The 3K hoist really does fit the boat better, I tried the boat on the 4K hoist but it actually lacked adjustability to the small size of the ski boat.

Just watch and make sure your kids/family/friends don't suddenly decide the boat is the "happening" place to watch fireworks from.

09-14-2012, 07:31 AM
I have the '97 PS 205 and a 3,000# shore station. No issues. Do your homework on the shorestation. All units are the same from 2,500 up to 4,000 only the wench is geared differntly for the increased weight and ease of labor lifting. Actually the 3,000# wench will lift easier than the 3,600# wench. Once you upgrade to the lift motor, and you will, the labor to lift will not mater anymore. Its up to you but I have been more than happy with my 30108 for three years now.

09-14-2012, 07:45 AM
Great advice, as usual!:)

I like the #3000 lifts, I just donít like being at the upper end of the weight limit of the boat lift. Reading the response so far, this might not be an issue, reading real experiences is EVERYTHING!!:D

I was thinking Shore Station as a brand because of the heavy duty construction.

Thanks Frank

09-14-2012, 08:25 AM
My '83 sits on a 3k ShoreStation. No problems thus far. I upgraded to stainless steal cables. The only issue I have is that it takes a little work to crank it up.

I've always believed they are 'rated' for xx amount of weight. Doesn't mean that's the maximum amount the can lift. I'm sure they are manufactured for 20%, 40%, or more weight to be held on them.