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bfinley 09-01-2011 01:16 PM

Looking for a lift for my 2006 X2 - Questions
Just a few questions. First, how much weight capacity do I need? I believe the boat weights 3500 lbs.

Second, how do I get the boat lift canopy to work with my tower.? I'd prefer to not have to lower the tower every time. Is that possible?

Does anyone have any brands to types of lifts I should stay away from?

There's a 5000 lb pontoon lift down the road that's pretty reasonable. Will I be able to convert it for use with my X2?

squigs 09-01-2011 02:38 PM

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Talk to Dwight at Marine Dock & Lift in Center City MN. He'll set you up with the ShoreMaster drop canopy on top of either a Pier Pleasure or ShoreMaster lift. I had his shop fabricate a custom rear door for us that that unzips and hinges up for full coverage all the way around the boat. Most of the standard tower friendly canopies have open rear ends or rely on snaps (when the snaps fail in wind they can beat up on your gel cost).

These are the only pics I have now (and unfortunately both from the same angle), but it works great. It's a 5000 lb lift. I have a 2009 X-14 with standard tower. There were a few times during the summer after a hard rain that the water level came up and it was a little snug getting in and out, but all in all works very well!

bfinley 09-02-2011 03:35 PM

Anyone else have some thoughts on lifts?

bturner2 09-02-2011 04:34 PM

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I have a 5000 lb ShoreStation that I like. Nothing like the unlimited funds ShoreMaster shown above (I am truly jealous). The nice part about mine was that I paid a guy that had a pontoon on it $1K for it and it was only 2 years old. The only thing I had to do to it to change it over to inboard use was remove a couple of the bunks and adjust the others for my boat. Width is the other consideration you'll want to look at, mine is 110".

I don't have a canopy at this time but I am considering it. They make extensions so the tower will fit under them with the boat lifted but if you want true protection that ShoreMaster is about as good as it gets (don't forget to bring you're wallet when you order it). I've also heard a ton of good things about them from others that have them.

Not the top end solution but it works for us..........

robin 09-02-2011 06:40 PM

I have a shore station, 4000# capacity for my prostar. I have a canopy, however i do not have a tower, so could not comment on it being tower friendly. I have not have a single problem with mine since buying new in 2000. When purchasing mine, i was originally looking at the 3000# model, as this was less expensive. I was given the tip to get as large of a capacity as you could afford, as it would be heavier duty, so it could handle a lighter boat easier, and last longer. it would also raise your resale value, as it could work for a wider range of buyers

bigmac 09-03-2011 01:50 PM

Lots of different boat lifts made here in Minnesota so we have many, many different brands sold around here. The most disappointing ones on our lake have been Hewitt and Shoremaster. Best ones have been Pier Pleasure, Shore Station, and Floe. I've never cared for Shore Station because of the shallow canopy and the ring-guide concept (tend to bind).

For a boat with a tower, I would consider canopy skirt. They're probably about $2000, very well made, and work great. They can be put on any lift.

This is my buddy's X-10 on his Pier Pleasure lift before and after (don't ask me why he chose yellow). He's had it several years now and it has been durable and still looks great:

bfinley 09-11-2011 11:13 PM

How wide the lift need to be?? 108" or 120"??

bfinley 09-12-2011 08:23 AM

Will a 2006 X2 fit on a 106" lift?

bturner2 09-12-2011 09:18 AM

Barely. I have the 120 with the guide bunks on the side to help center the boat when I bring it in. You can see them in the picture I posted which was before I adjusted them to fit the boat.

KYshooter 10-08-2011 10:52 PM

At our lake we can only have front mount lifts. I have a hydrohoist 6600 (6600 # lift). Based off the weight of my X-30 it's a little overkill, but I wanted to make sure it easily handled the boat as out dock sees some rough water and it does. Very happy with the quality of the lift.

Instead of a canopy I had a cover made that covers the whole boat including the tower and swim platform. Works awesome because I have plenty of space to hang stuff to dry under the cover and gives some air space to help with condensation.

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