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Old 10-06-2013, 10:30 AM
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Buying a lift

I am looking at buying a Hydro Hoist lift for my 89 Tristar. My only concern is looking at lift it seems the clearance from the back metal bar that runs from the float to the other float is very small clearance!! My question is when fully out of the water will the prop and rudder and shaft have enough room...It must be close. I dont want to lift it for the first time and mess my stuff! Any thoughts!!??
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Old 10-06-2013, 10:59 AM
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You may need to increase the bunk clearance. Sometimes this is just adjusting the brackets, sometimes new brackets.

Make sure the lift can go deeper both in overall water depth and swing arm limit.
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Old 10-06-2013, 11:10 AM
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bunk clearance meaning increase the height the boat is lifted from the back metal bars...the brackets can be adjusted then???
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Old 10-07-2013, 12:15 PM
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The brackets can be mounted two different ways which will either increase or decrease clearance. I have my brackets mounted in the tall position, but the prop still doesn't clear the metal cross bar. There may be a taller bracket but I haven't checked into it. The way the boat sits on the bunks I would be too far forward on the lift if the prop was in front of the cross bar.
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Old 10-08-2013, 02:44 PM
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So are you saying yours works with the lift you have ....just have to not go forward so much on the lift so the prop is behind the metal cross bar??? This lift is up to the tallest position as well!
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So are you saying yours works with the lift you have ....just have to not go forward so much on the lift so the prop is behind the metal cross bar??? This lift is up to the tallest position as well!
Yes, with the bunks roughly even with the stern of the boat the prop sits about 8 inches behind the cross bar.
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Old 10-08-2013, 04:31 PM
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We have a Hydrohoist - We use it for all our boats ( 01 XS, 05 X9, 07 X2) without any trouble. We have the tall brackets. I am going down the weekend of the 19th if you want me to take some photos of the brackets.
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Old 10-09-2013, 12:06 PM
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We have a Hydrohoist - We use it for all our boats ( 01 XS, 05 X9, 07 X2) without any trouble. We have the tall brackets. I am going down the weekend of the 19th if you want me to take some photos of the brackets.
sure..I think i have the non-tall brackets
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Old 10-09-2013, 06:05 PM
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I am looking at buying a Hydro Hoist lift for my 89 Tristar. My only concern is looking at lift it seems the clearance from the back metal bar that runs from the float to the other float is very small clearance!! My question is when fully out of the water will the prop and rudder and shaft have enough room...It must be close. I dont want to lift it for the first time and mess my stuff! Any thoughts!!??
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sure..I think i have the non-tall brackets
I am a little confused? Did you buy the lift? just considering? or have an existing and looking at changing?

Assuming you have the boat on a trailer now; Lift bunks will likely be positioned similar to the trailer bunks. Measure how much clearance is needed for prop and fins if equipped.
Sounds like you already measured the clearance of the potential lift bunks as it sets now?

If there is not enough clearance for fins, I would definitely look at longer legs or a different lift. Longer replacement legs cost $$ so it may be more cost effective to buy a different lift than modify this one. With the two measurements and preferably while at the potential lift, I would give HydroHoist or an EXPERIENCED dealer/installer a call to see what options you have. They can do about anything with height as long as you have sufficient water depth.

Being a DD your center of gravity will likely be further forward than a V drive so you might not have to pull on as far but the prop may be further under the boat?
Limiting lines are a good idea and really only come into play when raising, assuming your lift extends well below the prop when fully down. Ideally, I would shoot for 100% clearance, compromise is fine but $$ saved will be lost the first prop you ding due to improper lift.

You will always be perfect but there is always that helpful friend/family or the one time you let someone else put the boat up without you being there that bad things can happen.
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:54 PM
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^^^ what he said. I pull up and the boat is balanced on the lift. I also usually lower the lift far below the boat so that as I pull back in, if I happen to go too far, nothing happens.

There is about 5" of clearance from the prop shaft above that bar that goes across and about a foot between the back of the prop and the back bar.
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