help choosing the correct products, or tips and tricks
for assembly and installation, use the links below to help
answer any questions you may have.
If you have a question that is not answered below, please email it to moc.tceridtsiohtaob@ofni.
THE CORRECT HOIST
order to choose the correct lift for your boat, you will need
to find the dry weight and beam of your boat. It is very
important that these measurements are correct. The steps
below will help determine the correct beam (width) and weight
capacity needed for your watercraft.
1. Find the dry weight of your watercraft (correct
weight is very important).
2. Find the fuel capacity in gallons and multiply
it by 8.
3. Estimate a weight for any gear you carry
in your watercraft.
4. Add these three numbers together to get
the maximum weight of your watercraft.
5. Now measure your boat at its widest
point to get the Beam (width) of your
With an accurate maximum weight and beam of your boat, choosing a lift
will be much easier. You Do Not want the maximum weight of your boat to
exceed the maximum weight capacity of your hoist. You also want to choose
a hoist that is wide enough to get in and out with ease.
Next you will need to find the water depth where the lift will be installed.
Most of our lifts work best somewhere between 2.5' and 5' of water depending
on the draft of your boat. There is about a 10' distance between the front
and rear legs on most lifts. So it is a good idea to measure the water
depth where both ends of the lift will be sitting to insure that you will
not need extra long legs. Deep water kits are available for water depths
up to 10' deep.
You will then need to decide which type of hoist you would like. We carry
manual vertical hoists, which are the ones with the large wheel that you
turn to raise the lift. We can add an A/C or D/C direct drive power unit
to one of our manual lifts replacing the wheel and allowing you to operate
your lift by turning a key or pushing a button. Or you can choose a fully
hydraulic unit, vertical or cantilever.
purchasing a canopy, you will want to find the entire length
of your boat. Most manuals do not include swim platform or outboard
motor. As long as your entire boat fits under the canopy, it
works very much like a boat cover keeping leaves, rain and bird
poop out of your boat. Most of the canopies we carry come standard
with a 21" to 24" skirt or drop, the closer the rub
rail of your boat to the bottom of the canopy the better.
THE SIDE GUIDES