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Old 05-01-2013, 03:11 PM
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Moving and Launching Boat Lifts

Hi Guys-I am out of town and dreaming up crazy ideas about my lake and boat prep when I get home in a couple of weeks.

I have a 5k lb lift with a 25' canopy that I need to move from one end of my shoreline to the other. I have wheels on all 4 corners and the legs can be adjusted with a drill and Allen key. What I am wondering is, has anyone used their swim raft to move there boat lift around. I was thinking of place one end on the raft and it would be easier to move. Maybe this is a crazy jet lagged idea but you never know. I am open to other ideas on how to move these things by myself.
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Eric

Forgot to mention my swim raft is an Otter Island

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Old 05-01-2013, 03:22 PM
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Done it before. Just make sure the feet are locked in and you go REALLY slow.
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:43 PM
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When they come and put ours in they use foam pads and float it. I've also used an aluminum fishing boat to move a friends the same way.
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Old 05-01-2013, 04:15 PM
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We use an old tube that used to be towed behind a boat under one end.
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:01 PM
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I have used two tractor tire tubes to move mine. Works great. My compressor doesn't take long to fill each tube - to where I need it to float. Whole operation takes about 30 minutes.
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:20 PM
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I like the tube idea. I want to learn more.

Do you just put a tube on 2 corners to raise one end and then use the other 2 corners wheels? Essntially raising one end? Kind of like a 2 wheeled wheel barrel?
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:04 PM
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Look online for salvage tubes. They may be bigger but they work great.
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:12 PM
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We use 4 big tractor trailer tubes...moves our 4k lb lift around without any issues.

I have seen the foam cubes used as well.
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:44 PM
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I strap small plastic barrels to my lift to float it out to end of dock, works great!
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:52 PM
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Cool ideas. I hope I can just use my swim raft
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