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Old 01-05-2019, 05:57 AM
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Question Boat lift manufacturer & installer recommendations - N PB County?

Hi guys,
Looking at a house that would require an additional lift. I’ll probably go with an (oversized) 20-24k lb. Home has a dock and nice elevator lift for smaller boats, but need a new lift for a larger boat. We’ll almost certainly need additional pilings.

1). Any comments/thoughts on the pros and cons of the different types of lifts?
2). Recommendations for specific brands of lifts?
3). Recommendations on dock builders/installers?
4). Any recent experiences with similar projects (specifically near Jupiter Inlet)?

Thanks for any help you might be able to provide.
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Old 01-05-2019, 06:09 AM
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Just a note on type, I was initially disappointed that I'd have to shell out the cash for an elevator lift instead of a 4 post when I redid my dock 6 years ago - but after putting my boat on a 4 post for a couple of weeks I realized how much more I prefer the stability of the elevator, especially when working on/washing the boat.

The boat stays rock solid on the lift at wind speeds up to 20-30 mph, and for "small" hurricanes I strap the boat to the cradle and theoretically it would ride up and down on the elevator beams in extreme tides. (although obviously there is a point at which the wind and waves would win)

I didn't realize how unnerving it was having the boat sway around up in the air as on a 4 post, and the entry/exit clearance and positioning of the lift on the dock is practically the opposite of what I'd need with a 4 poster. There's also no contortions to get on the boat, moving the boat out of the cradle to load it up, ducking under the lfit beam etc. The disadvantage is that the boat moves away from the dock as you lower it, and you lose some dock room as the boat moves up and closer. I haven't found either of those to be a real issue but it is a change. I can't honestly speak to how an elevator compares to some of the "low profile" 4 post designs, I'm still not sure about the physics with those.

I did an all-concrete dock and recessed the elevator beams into it which IMO was the best design for accessibility and appearance.

I have two elevators from different manufacturers and they couldn't be more different - one welded, one bolted together, different beam angles, different wheel setups, they both do fine. I wouldn't be as concerned with specific manufacturer as long as they know what they're doing, most should give you specs on their lifts at various weight ratings to compare. If one guy is specing a 12" beam and someone else a 14" beam, I'd be leaning towards the 14" if designs are similar.

More important IMO is someone who will do a good job on the install and has a good relationship with the city to get the permits through.

Oh, and as usual, go 2 sizes larger. It is entirely likely I'll find myself selling my 14k lift to go 18-20 someday.

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Old 01-07-2019, 02:22 AM
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Thanks very much for the useful info! I hadn’t really thought about the stability of the the lift. Getting on and off with the cross member in the way is a consideration, so for that reason alone I was considering an elevator lift but it sounds like there are other advantages.
Thanks again.
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I've owned an elevator style down in the keys and a 6-pole style 20k currently both from Deco boat lifts. I like the 6-pole for 3 reasons, 1) all lift components are lifted completely out of water 2) the elevators have zincs that need to be replaced over time 3) the increased cost alone in an elevator is significant. I found lifting the boat on my 6-pole was easier because they had 4 plastic guide posts compared to the 2 on my elevator, which made lining the boat onto the bunks way easier. If I were to buy a 3rd lift (maybe in the future) I would seriously consider the low-profile beamless lift. It's a cool lift with 4-motors so you can adjust the pitch and there are no top beams spanning across the pilings.

Deco makes the best built lift IMO. Main two reasons I picked Deco had to do with the materials they used to manufacture their lifts and Mike their factory rep (very friendly and took the time to answer all my questions and walked me through the different options). Now, the installer is more important than the lift manufacturer, any Joe Shmo can install a boat lift but picking an installer/dock builder that has good credibility and tenure in the business is much more valuable. Unfortunately, I don't know of any installer recommendations in NPB or Jupiter, I would call Deco and see who they recommend for installers.
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Old 01-07-2019, 06:52 AM
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Can't help with installer recc's but I did just have a 20k Hurricane UHS 4 post lift installed and its awesome. Fast and quiet. Extra deep grooves for the cable. This is my third Hurricane lift and they've all been great. I also have a hurricane elevator lift for my smaller boat and prefer the 4 post lift. No worries about corrosion, no worries about marine growth in the tracks. I only went with the elevator due to space limitations.
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Old 01-07-2019, 06:54 AM
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For dock/pilings I use and used MARINE CONSTRUCTION, INC.

1224 US HIGHWAY 1 SUITE F

NORTH PALM BEACH, FLORIDA 33408

Office: 561-627-1555, Fax: 561-627-2350

that's run by Larry Shaw, who's mother was an old neighbor of mine. They have been doing it a long time and are honest. They usually us William D Slack Contractors for boat lifts who I've also used with good experience. Bill Slack, 561 747 0702
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I also got some idea. This information was helpful!
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Marine Construction is one of the few professional lift installation companies in Palm Beach County.
However, don't count on a return phone call or efficient service from Mr Slack.
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Old 01-08-2019, 10:45 AM
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Thanks guys. Great info!

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Old 01-10-2019, 02:01 PM
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I've owned an elevator style down in the keys and a 6-pole style 20k currently both from Deco boat lifts. I like the 6-pole for 3 reasons, 1) all lift components are lifted completely out of water 2) the elevators have zincs that need to be replaced over time 3) the increased cost alone in an elevator is significant. I found lifting the boat on my 6-pole was easier because they had 4 plastic guide posts compared to the 2 on my elevator, which made lining the boat onto the bunks way easier. If I were to buy a 3rd lift (maybe in the future) I would seriously consider the low-profile beamless lift. It's a cool lift with 4-motors so you can adjust the pitch and there are no top beams spanning across the pilings.

Deco makes the best built lift IMO. Main two reasons I picked Deco had to do with the materials they used to manufacture their lifts and Mike their factory rep (very friendly and took the time to answer all my questions and walked me through the different options). Now, the installer is more important than the lift manufacturer, any Joe Shmo can install a boat lift but picking an installer/dock builder that has good credibility and tenure in the business is much more valuable. Unfortunately, I don't know of any installer recommendations in NPB or Jupiter, I would call Deco and see who they recommend for installers.
Ive had my 6-pole Deco 20,000-lb lift for 3.5 years. It's awesome. Great people at Deco. Well built lift. No Chinese worm gears.
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Originally Posted by Lazy Bones View Post
I also have a hurricane elevator lift for my smaller boat and prefer the 4 post lift. No worries about corrosion, no worries about marine growth in the tracks. I only went with the elevator due to space limitations.
Those are interesting points, maybe the growth is a bigger issue depending on your water. I'm in a saltwater canal but reasonably speaking the water is a bit more on the brackish side back by me. My lift is 6 years old and no major corrosion on the aluminum beams, and any growth gets pummeled into dust by the rollers on the way down.

The beams do have zincs attached, which I am probably due to replace for the 2nd time. But I haven't found the elevator to show any major issues. I don't know the actual lifespan of the aluminum beams vs piles but based on what I see around my canal I would guess they are in the same ballpark.
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Old 01-16-2019, 10:23 AM
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Generally speaking most ppl with Lifts say theirs is great, So by asking owners you likely will receive a cudos for most manufacturers. I can say I like my Hi-tide and my buddy will say the same about his Neptune.

Install and early decisions by you may be the most important. Things to think about.
Boarding platform. Do not underestimate Bigger and closer to boats value
Positioning on dock
4 pole or elevator. Much about Post #4 are correct and I agree with, But I still opted for 2 pole elevator because of a narrow Canal.
Permits, dredge, electrical, remote, limit stops
Speed of lit (not big deal to me, as I usually am around moving gear around on boat.
Security for boat/ motors. Easy for crook to drop lower unit or entire motor onto skiff
Size/rating of lift.
Ground disconnect, very important if you get elevator. Killing the breaker alone will not save Zincs. You must also disco the Ground/nutral leads.
Spacing of the lift arms. While I upsized my lift for Hurricane and larger boat possibilities , I also increased the spacing from by 2' to make it more stable if I get a longer boat some day.

Highfier
BTW many neighbors lost their boats due to lift failure during IRMA. My boat was dirty, but 100% ok on the lift.
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