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Old 10-17-2009, 02:21 PM
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Removing Your Boat Lift

How do you remove your boat lift from the water at the end of the season.

The area where mine is has about 1ft of muck on the bottom. I floated it on a jon boat as close to shore as I could and then put the wheel kit on. Now I'm trying to think of which buddy of mine has a truck winch to pull it out with........

What do others do???
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Old 10-17-2009, 02:31 PM
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Used to get 4-6 of my friends and do it the hard way. Now I pay $75 for a local outfit that has the equipment on a boat - it's done without any intervention by me other than mailing a check.

Friend of mine uses a winch. He's got a wheel kit on it that he never removes. Works fine. Attach the winch hook to 2 sections of chain - one goes to each of the two front corners. He doesn't even use a spreader bar, but if it were my lift I probably would.
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Old 10-17-2009, 02:31 PM
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I am on a pretty flat beach front. I use my 4 wheeler winch - after securing the 4 wheeler to a post on my deck in the yard I then use the winch to pull the lift up the beach. This year because the lake was so low- I did need to dislodge the lift out of the muck first and then used a couple of boards for the front pads to ride over the mud. Once I get it on the sand the pads slide pretty easily.
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Old 10-17-2009, 02:33 PM
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I just use truck inner-tubes under mine, once in place I inflate, then float it to shore and hook on a come-along tied to a tree and winch it up the last 20 feet onto shore...
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Old 10-17-2009, 02:48 PM
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Boat out or in?

A slick method is to attach a pulley to a post, and run a cable from your lift, up to the pulley and out to the boat. You then pull slowly (wheel kit on) and it comes up the shore. This is very similar to what one company sells.

I've pulled ours with tractors, leveraged it up with boards, etc. If you can get wheels onto solid ground pulling with any sort of engine cannot be beat.
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Old 10-17-2009, 05:27 PM
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Decades of living on lakes...I've done everything from winches to tractors to buddies and a couple of 6 packs. All that experience has led me to the conclusion that by far the best way to do it is to pay someone to come do it for you.

Costs me $190 to remove eleven 10-foot sections of dock and two boat lifts.

The guy and his crew that do mine just use muscle. There is a guy around here that uses a very clever forklift to do it, but he's just too expensive---about $240 just for one lift, no dock.



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Old 10-17-2009, 06:07 PM
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Old 10-17-2009, 07:53 PM
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4-6 guys for us. 4 of us in a 5 house streak get together & grab 1 or 2 neighbors. Takes less than an hour. Have thought about floating them to shore 1st, but would be more hassle than anything.

edit: forgot to add that we all have seawalls, about 2-4 feet, so it takes this many guys to lift up onto the shore. Otherwise, dragging outmay be an option.

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Old 10-17-2009, 10:18 PM
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FLOE lift.
I used concrete sidewalk blocks under the back legs so it wouldn't sink into the muck.
IIRC, wheels (4) provide 60lbs flotation each.
Wife operates winch on the quad & i guide the lift to shore.
It took the 2 of us about 15 minutes.
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FLOE lift.
I used concrete sidewalk blocks under the back legs so it wouldn't sink into the muck.
IIRC, wheels (4) provide 60lbs flotation each.
Wife operates winch on the quad & i guide the lift to shore.
It took the 2 of us about 15 minutes.
Floe lifts with their screw-jack legs and wheels work great!

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