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bochnak 11-12-2013 01:13 PM

Boat lift recommendations/advice
 
Hopefully we can find a used boat lift by next spring. Our neighbor has the same boat with a 24' canopy and looks like a nice setup.

Looking for something similar to this (for reference only):
http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/boa/4090640204.html

Budget is 3k.

Any brands to consider? What specifically to look for when buying used?

Ben 11-13-2013 07:37 AM

That is a good deal there. With canopy and side posts. 22' canopy will almost work. 24 would be better. Where I'm at 22 are much more common.

I like shorestation. Other brands are good too. The popular brand seems to be a regional thing.

Check frame welds, cables, pulleys, etc.

A motor is a nice upgrade / option.

jkski 11-13-2013 10:16 AM

What size boat are you looking to put on the lift? I know of a very nice Hewitt Cantilever lift that is for sale and holds a 197 nicely. The lift does not have a canopy but I believe that given what the guy is asking for it, you could buy a canopy separate and still be within your budget.

bochnak 11-13-2013 03:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jkski (Post 991412)
What size boat are you looking to put on the lift? I know of a very nice Hewitt Cantilever lift that is for sale and holds a 197 nicely. The lift does not have a canopy but I believe that given what the guy is asking for it, you could buy a canopy separate and still be within your budget.

Boat is a prostar 205. The lake is 35mi SW of Milwaukee.

bochnak 11-13-2013 03:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ben (Post 991369)
That is a good deal there. With canopy and side posts. 22' canopy will almost work. 24 would be better. Where I'm at 22 are much more common.

I like shorestation. Other brands are good too. The popular brand seems to be a regional thing.

Check frame welds, cables, pulleys, etc.

A motor is a nice upgrade / option.

Motor would be nice for sure, not necessary and can always be added in the future.

curver900 11-13-2013 04:46 PM

I found a used VIBO that has the cut out for the drive train under it. This made me fee better knowing that if somone else puts the boat on the lift it won't take out the prop and rudder. I was able to pick it up for $1300 and he delivered it from 200 miles away. Craigslist...

barefoot 11-13-2013 07:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bochnak (Post 991482)
Boat is a prostar 205. The lake is 35mi SW of Milwaukee.


Which lake are you on? Tishigan? Beulah?

barefoot 11-13-2013 07:49 PM

I have a shorestation with 22' canopy for my S&S. I bought my lift used and upgraded to stainless cables after the first year. Replacement parts are pretty common and I know shorestations. Other brands I haven't paid much attention to.

atihanyi 11-13-2013 08:33 PM

whatever you buy consider (seriously) a power winch . cranking the boat up and down becomes a pain in the *** after a while

sethro 11-13-2013 08:50 PM

I just sold a Hewitt Cantilever with 22' canopy for 2K, so your budget will definitely get you a very nice lift. Be patient, it will show up on craigslist. My lift went to a lake north of Madison, but I can't remember the name.

Another trick of the trade is to watch for lifts that don't get put in the water this spring. That is how I found mine, and one of my dad's lifts. Approach the owner about selling as they typically want it out of the yard.


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