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Old 10-21-2020, 07:27 AM
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I wanted to see if someone has experience with 4 post lifts in tight spaces. our condo has slips that at 12' wide, i have an everglades 350lx with a 10.8' beam. is it possible and practical to put a 4 post lift in this space? would go with a Neptune high speed direct drive lift. if we remove the guide poles and use the pilings as guides would I be able to get the boat in and out of the slip? the canal is protected and the boat has a thruster and joystick so docking into tight spots is not an issue.

12' slip width using 10" pilings I would lose 10" total taking both sides into account on the inside to inside dimension, that would leave 11' 2" .

anyone have experience with this?
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this is something you need to discuss on site with the dock/lift installer!
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Can you inset the pilings into the dock?
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Here's a pic of my Back Cove 29 on a Hi Tide 12k lb lift with standard piling spacing. The BC has a 10'6" beam.
Pilings are 10" diameter and are on 12'6" centers beam-wise.
The guide poles are near the end of the cradle beams but there was a bit further it could go, although it was tight.
I cut up an old boat fender to cover the ends of the top beams and some of the piling on the entrance pilings to prevent gelcoat damage. I have tidal current so would generally only load during slack high tides.
If you can keep guide poles, they do keep the side of the boat off the top beams. Although pilings can be tough on fiberglass, they're not near as destructive as metal parts can be.
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My Southport was on the same lift as Coastboater. As he mentions, 12'6" centers for pilings. As you can see, the beams are inside of the pilings, but are equal to the 12' 6" center to accept the cable coming down from the upper beams. I would not want a lift without guide poles. They actually help you get the boat on the lift, and more importantly show you when the lift is low enough under water, (with tape marking on the PVC poles), for you to safely approach the lift cradle. Without that, you could easily hit the cross beams if the lift is not deep enough. With the Southports 10'6" beam, my guide poles were also at the end of the beams, and would not allow for a cat-walk. You are going to be tight, depending on your actual slip width, and regulations from your condo.
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I install hi tide lifts you are going to lose depending on the pile diameter about 20inches of width of the slip. Take into account that piles are not perfectly straight any dog leg in the pile could decrease the space available. 16ft slip would be idea.
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Wouldn't a lift big enough for that boat be a 6 post lift?
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side mount it on the outside of the posts, motors will not encroach in your limited space like the pic above. you'll need longer beams but that should be no problem
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Originally Posted by awalchli View Post
I wanted to see if someone has experience with 4 post lifts in tight spaces. our condo has slips that at 12' wide, i have an everglades 350lx with a 10.8' beam.

12' slip width using 10" pilings I would lose 10" total taking both sides into account on the inside to inside dimension, that would leave 11' 2”.
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1. You don’t indicate whether there is a finger pier, its width, its length, or whether fixed or floating. This will certainly affect where you can place at least one of your pilings.

2. Your math seems a bit faulty. If your slip is 12ft wide and you have 10” pilings on each side, inside your slip boundary, then you lose 20”, not the 10” in your post, so only 10’4” between the interior faces of the pilings. And that assumes they are perfectly vertical and perfectly straight. So, your boat will not fit even without guide poles.

3. You don’t indicate the length of your condo slips, or restrictions on projecting beyond the outer boundary, but 12ft wide slips probably aren’t long enough for your boat. JMHO.

We lived in a condo in Norfolk, VA from 2004-2015, and purchased a slip. They offered 12x25, 14x30 and 17x35. We were not allowed to project outside our slip - an excellent rule for both safety and ascetics - so we bought the largest slip for the boat in my signature.

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Originally Posted by awalchli View Post
I wanted to see if someone has experience with 4 post lifts in tight spaces. our condo has slips that at 12' wide, i have an everglades 350lx with a 10.8' beam. is it possible and practical to put a 4 post lift in this space? would go with a Neptune high speed direct drive lift. if we remove the guide poles and use the pilings as guides would I be able to get the boat in and out of the slip? the canal is protected and the boat has a thruster and joystick so docking into tight spots is not an issue.

12' slip width using 10" pilings I would lose 10" total taking both sides into account on the inside to inside dimension, that would leave 11' 2" .

anyone have experience with this?
Had a narrow issue back in the not missed condo days. After "musical chairs" got two slips next to each other and pulled the center piling.

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