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epnault 05-01-2013 03:11 PM

Moving and Launching Boat Lifts
Hi Guys-I am out of town and dreaming up crazy ideas about my lake and boat prep when I get home in a couple of weeks.

I have a 5k lb lift with a 25' canopy that I need to move from one end of my shoreline to the other. I have wheels on all 4 corners and the legs can be adjusted with a drill and Allen key. What I am wondering is, has anyone used their swim raft to move there boat lift around. I was thinking of place one end on the raft and it would be easier to move. Maybe this is a crazy jet lagged idea but you never know. I am open to other ideas on how to move these things by myself.

Forgot to mention my swim raft is an Otter Island

Burdhntr 05-01-2013 03:22 PM

Done it before. Just make sure the feet are locked in and you go REALLY slow.

skps190 05-01-2013 03:43 PM

When they come and put ours in they use foam pads and float it. I've also used an aluminum fishing boat to move a friends the same way.

Snipe 05-01-2013 04:15 PM

We use an old tube that used to be towed behind a boat under one end.

yippikaiyay 05-01-2013 05:01 PM

I have used two tractor tire tubes to move mine. Works great. My compressor doesn't take long to fill each tube - to where I need it to float. Whole operation takes about 30 minutes.

epnault 05-01-2013 05:20 PM

I like the tube idea. I want to learn more.

Do you just put a tube on 2 corners to raise one end and then use the other 2 corners wheels? Essntially raising one end? Kind of like a 2 wheeled wheel barrel?

BARE5 05-01-2013 06:04 PM

Look online for salvage tubes. They may be bigger but they work great.

Rockman 05-01-2013 06:12 PM

We use 4 big tractor trailer tubes...moves our 4k lb lift around without any issues.

I have seen the foam cubes used as well.

peason 05-01-2013 10:44 PM

I strap small plastic barrels to my lift to float it out to end of dock, works great!

epnault 05-01-2013 10:52 PM

Cool ideas. I hope I can just use my swim raft

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