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Old 09-19-2013, 07:41 AM
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Cantilever Boat Lift?

Need to create a hospitable home for an MC, starting with a boat lift. Looking at buying a used Pier Pleasure 5000 lb. Cantilever lift. After speaking with the seller he says a cantilever lift is not optimal for an inboard, but I discussed with another TT member epnault, and he's says he disagrees. I trust Eric, but being a novice in this area I'm looking for some TT expertise.
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:21 AM
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Personally, I think a cantilever lift is the best way to go. I had one for nearly 6 years that my 197's sat on and it was great. Pretty much everyone in my area uses a cantilever lift for their inboards.
Not sure why the guy would suggest it is not a good fit but you will love it.
Good luck and hope this helps.
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:27 AM
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Depends on the lift and construction. My friends is junk. Barely used (cycled) goes through cables every three years and makes scary noises when cycled. Wouldn't be my first choice but that would be just based on my experience.

I've owned 2 ShoreStations and have had very good luck with them.
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:29 AM
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Thanks jkski and bturner2

Does anyone out there have a Pier Pleasure Cantilever that they are currently using?
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Old 09-19-2013, 10:38 AM
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The seller claims that an inboard won't work on this lift because it could damage the strut, driveshaft, or prop because it has a cross brace. I disagree because it is all how you set up your bunks for the worst case clearance. My vertical lift frame is identical to this and has cross brace that is near the strut but I set up my bunks to match the keel bunks on my MC trailer which make it physically impossible to hit your underwater gear (strut, shaft, or prob). See pic.
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Old 09-19-2013, 10:43 AM
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The seller claims that an inboard won't work on this lift because it could damage the strut, driveshaft, or prop because it has a cross brace. I disagree because it is all how you set up your bunks for the worst case clearance. My vertical lift frame is identical to this and has cross brace that is near the strut but I set up my bunks to match the keel bunks on my MC trailer which make it physically impossible to hit your underwater gear (strut, shaft, or prob). See pic.
Thanks for the graphic. I think I'll have to take a closer look at the lift, in person.
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:10 AM
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Good idea, and I can join you. I think we can make this work for Prostar 190 or 205 without a tower. Here is what to look for and much of the result of these would help with negotiation but not necessarily be a deal breaker.

1. Cycle the lift to the top and bottom position looking at the cables, pulleys, and winch function (as burner alluded to)
2. Inspect the tarp for wear. Not just holes or tears but the shape of the attachment straps to the canopy frame.
3. Inspect the canopy and lift frame for any bent or cracked parts
4. Verify the capacity is 5000#
5. Inspect bunk wear
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:15 AM
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Good idea, and I can join you. I think we can make this work for Prostar 190 or 205 without a tower. Here is what to look for and much of the result of these would help with negotiation but not necessarily be a deal breaker.

1. Cycle the lift to the top and bottom position looking at the cables, pulleys, and winch function (as burner alluded to)
2. Inspect the tarp for wear. Not just holes or tears but the shape of the attachment straps to the canopy frame.
3. Inspect the canopy and lift frame for any bent or cracked parts
4. Verify the capacity is 5000#
5. Inspect bunk wear
I'm going to try and set something up for either tonight or early on Sunday. Either work for you?
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:18 AM
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I bought a used cantilever lift and it works great. You have to be mindful of where you are on the cradle. As long as you don't pull too far forward before lifting, you'll be fine.
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:25 AM
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FEVER-set it up to your schedule and I will see what I can do
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