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Old 11-12-2013, 01:13 PM
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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?
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:37 AM
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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.
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Old 11-13-2013, 10:16 AM
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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.
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Old 11-13-2013, 03:17 PM
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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.
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Old 11-13-2013, 03:55 PM
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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.
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Old 11-13-2013, 04:46 PM
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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...
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:44 PM
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Boat is a prostar 205. The lake is 35mi SW of Milwaukee.

Which lake are you on? Tishigan? Beulah?
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:49 PM
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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.
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:33 PM
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whatever you buy consider (seriously) a power winch . cranking the boat up and down becomes a pain in the *** after a while
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:50 PM
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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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