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Old 08-23-2013, 08:42 PM
haroldbrogers haroldbrogers is offline
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Boat lift

If your boat does not touch the dock, use of whips or other methods, is there really a need for a boat lift. I pull boat out every three weeks, about to pull the trigger on a hydrolic lift, but still having a hard time convincing myself it's worth the money. Boat is a 13 x25

Thanks for any feedback.
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Old 08-23-2013, 08:52 PM
Redstorm Redstorm is offline
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It's better for the boat to be stored out of the water. Not only dock rash but to keep the gear out and growth off the boat. If you leave it in for long periods you can get blisters in the gel as well.

If it were me I would get aloft for sure!

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Old 08-23-2013, 09:34 PM
supreme112279 supreme112279 is offline
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don't leave your mc in the water more than a day or so. long term it will be way better off
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Old 08-23-2013, 10:24 PM
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Barefooter92 Barefooter92 is offline
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My thought was it is a small price vs. the investment of a MC to make sure it is 100% protected when I am not there.
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Old 08-24-2013, 12:01 AM
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Buy a used lift today and sell it in 10 years for the same price. This is how it works. So the cost is 0 by the time it's all done.
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Old 08-24-2013, 12:56 AM
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Osmotic blistering of the gel coat isn't covered by any warranty.
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Old 08-24-2013, 03:26 AM
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How'd you convince yourself to buy a 100k+ boat? Small price to not trash your boat imo

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Old 09-02-2013, 11:06 PM
catamount catamount is offline
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I'm not sure where you are in the Northeast. We just had a massive storm roll through tonight that would've kept me up at night wondering how my boat fared (if it was on a mooring). I like knowing it is several feet out of the water when this fall weather starts to blow through.
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:25 AM
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Evan Jones Evan Jones is offline
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My '97 sat in the water (clean lake) for 9 summers before I got a lift. Luckily no blistering, but the upholstery took a beating. Always getting caught in the rain, covering it still damp, etc.

Now with a lift and a canopy I feel like I have stopped the age-ing process. I can have it dry in a matter of seconds if it starts to rain, it never bangs up against the dock in a storm, and the waterline wipes off with ease.

Go for it....
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Old 09-03-2013, 01:33 PM
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Buy a lift! You will be mad at yourself for not purchasing one sooner!
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