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Old 08-13-2020, 06:00 PM
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We are purchasing a used boat lift and need to relocate it from one dock to another about a mile away on Lake Keowee. It is an aluminum lift with air tanks and motor with valves. My question is will this float if we fill the tanks with air so that we can tow it with our boat to our dock? We got a quote to move the lift but the price seems excessive for the distance and type of lift.
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Old 08-13-2020, 06:04 PM
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If you Google "towing hydro hoist" you will find lots of info and even some videos.
Old 08-13-2020, 07:49 PM
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Originally Posted by 6104696 View Post
If you Google "towing hydro hoist" you will find lots of info and even some videos.

Thanks for the suggestion. we have watched many videos but a hydro hoist and a float air are different in that the float air has air tanks and I am thinking it may not require the additional floats or drums under it to keep it afloat. I have been unable to find any videos of anyone towing a lift that has air tanks so thought maybe someone here had some experience.
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My buddy has been moving his to a slip for summer and to shore for winter (about 1/2 mile) for years. Inflate it, close all valves , choose calm conditions. Never an issue
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Originally Posted by Pelagic295 View Post
My buddy has been moving his to a slip for summer and to shore for winter (about 1/2 mile) for years. Inflate it, close all valves , choose calm conditions. Never an issue
thank you! It’s what we thought but wanted to hear it from someone who had done it
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I used to have a Floatair lift. I moved it to my slip. I can tell you DO NOT fill with air and just tow! You need to fill it with air and wrap some kinda rubber over the holes in the bottom of the tanks. If you don't as the tanks bounce around due to waves being towed air will escape and tanks with slowly fill up. Eventually you will fill the tanks with water and it will sink. I didn't do what I am telling you to do and almost lost my lift due to what I am explaining. After I got mine where it was going and installed I called Floatair and they said usually their dealers have plastic plugs for the holes. Good luck

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