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Old 05-09-2019, 09:37 AM
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I am in Jupiter area and need a new lift. Don't yet have the boat, but will be 30-34CC. Have gotten bids on Neptune high speed direct drive 16K, Hi Tide high speed 16K and Tide Tamer high speed 16 and 24K lifts. I am confident the Neptune and Hi Tide's are good lifts (confirm?). The Tide Tamer is significantly less money (all apples to apples with remote and limit switch). I can even get the Tide Tamer 24k for less. So the question is whether this is a case of you get what you pay for or is Tide Tamer a solid lift? Appreciate the feedback especially form those who have the lift.
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I just had a 13k pound installed. Happy w it so far. Direct drive stainless motors, aluminum bunks
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Old 05-09-2019, 10:51 AM
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Can I ask what made you go with the Tide Tamer? I assume you evaluated others?
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Old 05-09-2019, 11:46 AM
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I got 2 quotes. The other guote was a hi tide lift it was $1000 more. I researched both and did not find anything bad. Main reason for tide tamer was contractor install time. Hi tide contractor was 12 months to start, tide tamer was 3 months.
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Old 05-09-2019, 07:32 PM
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I have had a boat lift us for about 5 years now and from what I understand it is very similar if not almost identical to Tide Tamer. It has withstood a couple of hurricanes without any major issues. With help from my neighbors, we were able to install the poles and lift. A pork butt and cold beer goes a long way. As mentioned above, check out the install time and also go with who you feel more comfortable dealing with. Good luck with your choice.
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I had two Tide Tamer "Swinger" lifts that were nicely manufactured, however I'm not the biggest fan of their 4-pole lifts. I also don't personally care for Neptune or Hi-Tide either, even though I owned a Hi-Tide single pole lift that was great. What I don't like about some of these lifts is two-fold (unless something has changed):

1. I'm not a fan of the orientation and mounting of the sheaves (pulley's).
2. I don't like the fact that the bunks are the only supporting structure between the primary cradle beams (see picture above).

If you look at a Davit Master lift, for example, they employ spanner beams between the primary cradle beams, in addition to the bunks, for additional structural integrity. Also, the sheaves (pulley's) are parallel with the drive pipes, not perpendicular, though there are very likely two sides to that argument. I'm sure the other lifts are fine, and my neighbor just had a Tide Tamer "knock-off" installed that seems to be OK, but I prefer a bit stouter build.
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Originally Posted by bluedot64 View Post
I am in Jupiter area and need a new lift. Don't yet have the boat, but will be 30-34CC. Have gotten bids on Neptune high speed direct drive 16K, Hi Tide high speed 16K and Tide Tamer high speed 16 and 24K lifts. I am confident the Neptune and Hi Tide's are good lifts (confirm?). The Tide Tamer is significantly less money (all apples to apples with remote and limit switch). I can even get the Tide Tamer 24k for less. So the question is whether this is a case of you get what you pay for or is Tide Tamer a solid lift? Appreciate the feedback especially form those who have the lift.
Iíve had a TT lift since 1994. In that entire time iíve replaced one motor, last year. They are known for great customer service. Nothing but good things to say about them.
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Originally Posted by P G T Beauregard View Post

Iíve had a TT lift since 1994. In that entire time iíve replaced one motor, last year. They are known for great customer service. Nothing but good things to say about them.
Just curious, I was installing lifts in that area back then. Do you remember who installed your lift? And I think your off by a couple years, first tide tamer lift was a pwc lift installed in New Bern 12/08/95
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Originally Posted by Poohpaw View Post
Just curious, I was installing lifts in that area back then. Do you remember who installed your lift? And I think your off by a couple years, first tide tamer lift was a pwc lift installed in New Bern 12/08/95
I donít. And you are right it was Ď96
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Originally Posted by P G T Beauregard View Post
I donít. And you are right it was Ď96
I had a marine constrution business in Carteret county back then and help design, build and market the first Tide Tamers.
Thouht maybe I was the one that sold you the lift.
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I had a Tide Tamer 10k 4 post lift installed in March 2018. It has been a continuos series of problems and their customer service has been very poor.
First I had a motor go out in June 2019. Local guy came and replaced for $750. When I called them to file a warranty claim they tried to tell me motor was only covered for 1 year. I showed them on their website warranty was 2 years. They offered me $150 or a new motor (parts only no labor). Then earlier this year the limit switch stopped working. Again I filed a claim. They wanted the defective part which I sent to them. (Local guy that repaired it pulled defective switch and left casing because of removal difficulty.) Cost to repair $250. Nothing back from them after 2 calls. Now today lift will only go up or down when pushing and holding down the remote switch or the switch on the control box. I guess I can look forward to another repair bill next week.
My recommendation would be to use any lift except for Tide Tamer.
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My boathouse builder is about done, and all the sudden wants me to go with Tide Tamer. not alot out there.

any more comments? I'll be using a custom aluminum cradle that has just been completed.

Central Florida.
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Old 10-20-2020, 04:15 PM
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Those motors look identical to the ones on my Golden Lift.
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Tide Tamer.is excellent - had mine for 12 years - works great
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Tide tamer and Neptune are the best in the business. I chose Neptune since the guide posts are attached better and I feel like itís a better lift matched with amazing support. Check them out. If not, make sure your tide tamer guide posts are tight. That little L-bolt gets loose and they move around easily. They are a good lift and Iv got 3 different buddies that have them. You shouldnít be let down with either brand
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My marina has rows of Tide Tamers, haven't heard anything bad. Previous occupant of mine is a friend, no complaints.
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