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nickw0804
04-29-2017, 04:32 PM
Looking to get a new (to me at least) lift for our x14V. Being in Michigan I thought about Lakeside Lift and have the option of wood/carpet or aluminum/vinyl. The gal there said they use the wood/carpet since that's what's on trailers. But then I've heard others say wood and carpet hold water.

Really would like a manual crank vertical lift ~4.5k#, just don't want to spend a fortune.

Curious what you all have on your boat lifts and if you have heard any horror stories of some of the lift brands out there. I feel like all lifts should be "capable"...then you pay extra for dealer upcharge, namebrand, superfluous features, etc. Probably an oversimplification.

Also, anyone in Oakland County that knows of people that install lifts...I would appreciate any recommendations.

04 Star Rider
04-29-2017, 04:37 PM
Superior dock and hoist has installed mine before. They have a barge with a crane in the front to do it. I'm in clarkston btw

nickw0804
04-29-2017, 04:46 PM
Do you know how much they usually run? Probably swamped around this time of year.

04 Star Rider
04-29-2017, 05:04 PM
It was 150 out and 150 in. You can probably search around and get a better price, but it's who my neighbor was using. Last year I rolled the dice and left my dock and lift in. No damage

nickw0804
04-29-2017, 07:36 PM
That seems reasonable. Did you have it on shore or stored off-site? Ours needs to be launched a d floated 1/4 mile along shore to our channel. I imagine that will be a bit more.

04 Star Rider
04-29-2017, 07:57 PM
It was on shore right in front of my place. It may not be more. He can set it on the front of his rig and drive on

Jhilly8982
04-29-2017, 08:33 PM
Try Action Watersports. I am shopping a new lift and they offer free delivery and installation with purchase. 4K lb 120" beam shore station with poly bunks, standard legs and guide rails is around $5200 including tax

Ben
04-30-2017, 12:08 AM
Wood and carpet have been used a long time...
You can find used ones on Craigslist. I would think used 4000 lb w canopy should be in the $2000-3000 range. A bit more w motor and nice newer canopy cover.
You can find someone to float and install it for you or do it yourself.

I'll pm you a guy I know.

h_2_o
04-30-2017, 12:31 AM
I was suggested to use a fire hose (no joke) So last year my bunks needed replaced and i called up a friend at the fire dept and they got me a hose they were getting rid of. Anyway it has less friction than carpet but more than the poly ones I've used it is a nice in between. As far as it holding up since i have only had it one year i can not really give a good answer but if how much of a pain it was to put on is any indicator of how it will last, it will hold up well. So far i really really like it, the main downside is it looks just about as redneck as you can possibly get.

atihanyi
04-30-2017, 09:40 AM
As a person who has lived on a lake for a very long time I would suggest one thing . Get an electric hoist . I hated cranking the boat up and down and would find excuses not to use it . With the electric I will drop it down for a single slalom pass

nickw0804
04-30-2017, 10:22 AM
Try Action Watersports. I am shopping a new lift and they offer free delivery and installation with purchase. 4K lb 120" beam shore station with poly bunks, standard legs and guide rails is around $5200 including tax

We actually bought our x14 and service the 86 at Action up in Hudsonville. We were there yesterday and were quoting the Harbor Master for about 10K without motor. A little salty for me right now. Plus I think we can get a 108" beam lift for our 96" beam boat (but I may be a little aggressive with that.)

I'll have to go to the Action in Fenton and see what they can do for me...thanks for the heads up. Do you know how much a canopy would be with that lift?

I've found a few in the area used for around 3K but most without canopies. Those seem to run around 2-3K.

- Star (4K) with motor for $2700 no canopy
- Shorestation (4K) with canopy, motor, etc for $3900 but it's 15 years old.

04 Star Rider
04-30-2017, 10:45 AM
If you are looking for something really nice,my friend upgraded his lift and is selling his old one. Hydraulic with canopy. Full up and down in seconds. https://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/bpo/6089962001.html

Jhilly8982
04-30-2017, 02:01 PM
We actually bought our x14 and service the 86 at Action up in Hudsonville. We were there yesterday and were quoting the Harbor Master for about 10K without motor. A little salty for me right now. Plus I think we can get a 108" beam lift for our 96" beam boat (but I may be a little aggressive with that.)

I'll have to go to the Action in Fenton and see what they can do for me...thanks for the heads up. Do you know how much a canopy would be with that lift?

I've found a few in the area used for around 3K but most without canopies. Those seem to run around 2-3K.

- Star (4K) with motor for $2700 no canopy
- Shorestation (4K) with canopy, motor, etc for $3900 but it's 15 years old.

They quoted me $2466 for canopy frame, vinyl and posts.

Adding electric motor was $1300 more.

The difference in beam width is only about $100, get the bigger, side glides take up 6" each, that puts a 108 lift at 96"...

nickw0804
04-30-2017, 07:31 PM
Getting up in the 8k range. I suppose that's just the cost of doing business. Buying a used lift seems risky to me...especially with an expensive piece of equipment on it.

I might go visit these guys at Lakeside Lift. Appears to be a good deal but I'd like to see some of their construction. Or if anyone here knows/has heard anything about them.

Getting back to the bunk style: wood vs aluminum. Are the aluminum that much of an improvement over the wood ones? If I'm getting a new lift with the ability to choose, should I go ahead with the aluminum?

JR8778
04-30-2017, 11:56 PM
I have a Lakeside lift for about 5 years now. The neighbor bought one as well 3 years ago. Great service. Answer all my questions right away. No problems with the lift at all.

nickw0804
05-01-2017, 12:31 AM
Do you have wood bunks or the vinyl ones? I've got a quote from them for the wood bunks and will be calling them tomorrow to see what the cost is for the vinyl. Just curious if it's worth it.

ryan_kc13
05-01-2017, 09:57 AM
Check out lakeside lifts. Cheapest I could find and still amazing quality, on par or better then the big guys.

Maristar210
05-01-2017, 01:30 PM
I bought a craftlander in 2006 from Olson Dock and lift in Belding Mi. It was less than $2000 out the door. 120" wide and 4500# cap.

mikewoods
05-01-2017, 11:11 PM
I did a ton of research and Captains choice in St. Johns, Mi is where it's at. Schneiderfab.com

JR8778
05-01-2017, 11:51 PM
I have used the wood bucks. Seem to be holding up.

River Monsters
05-02-2017, 07:37 AM
I went with Shore-Mate in Rockford MI.

I'd really recommend going larger than you need. 120" width and 8000 lbs. Someday you might want another boat and changing your lift will make that more difficult. That was my experience anyway.

XC500mod
05-02-2017, 07:51 AM
Shore mate has an excellent lift and great customer service. I got the 6,000 lb lift and wish I would gotten the 8,000lb lift. Shore mate lifts are built to last, that's why I would go bigger than what you need right now.

Wheelin98TJ
05-02-2017, 11:22 AM
Your X14 weighs what, about 4k lbs empty?

I'd want a 5k lift at minimum, ideally a 6k lift.

I have a 4,500 lb Lakeshore lift and its not enough for my '05 XStar.