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    Fellow captains! II could use your advice!

    We've moved to a new dock (pictured below), and I'd like to add a boat lift for our x24; I'd welcome recommendations on what to buy.

    We typically add 500lbs of lead, so I'm thinking an 8Klbs lift is appropriate.

    I called the local marine construction folks who want $29K, which strikes me as way too much. I'm mechanically inclined and happy to install it to save money.

  • #2
    Looks like a front mount boat lift. Several options available. $29k is excessive unless there is something special. I was quoted $10k for a 7k lb capacity lift back in 2017.

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    • #3
      Check out HydroHoist. If you do have to go with a front mount, at least with HH, their weight capacity is a lot lower than the side mount. Front mount it's 6,500. With side mount they offer between to 5,000 - 32,000 lbs.


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      • #4
        We have about 24 boat floater lifts at our boat club: they’ve been great so far. I believe now they run about 15k

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        • #5
          Originally posted by TarheelMC View Post
          Looks like a front mount boat lift. Several options available. $29k is excessive unless there is something special. I was quoted $10k for a 7k lb capacity lift back in 2017.
          Boat lift pricing has changed a bit since 2017. For an X24 you will definitely want a 8000 plus lift. If your looking for lift and canopy you will be all day in that 20-30k range. Price of aluminum is sky high these days. Some say it's due to demand that the auto industry is creating by using more of it in the cars.

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          • #6
            No doubt pricing has changed, but 3x since 2017? I also believe the lift you are referencing and the one the OP needs are different. I'm assuming the lifts you are referencing (based on your UpNorth profile name) are lifts that roll in and out of the water on a seasonal basis. I've had a front mount lift and there is not a way to attach a canopy. The only way I see $29k is if they quoted the OP a Harborhoist.

            Hydrohoist is the Yeti/Blackstone/Traeger of boat lifts. Solid, well constructed, but there are other less expensive options that are equally as good. FloatAir has up to a 10k LB front mount lift and I would be willing to bet it is no where near $29k installed.

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            • #7
              My front lift is steel but it's all been blasted/painted with good coatings and so far, from 2013 not one part has broken down or paint flaked off/no rust anywhere. I paid $4582 in 2013 for a 4600# lift. Not sure where you're located but call Lakeland Industries in Mountain Home AR, ask for Brian if he's still there; these guys are at my marina almost every Tuesday putting in new or repairing lifts. They have a model for 9000#, here are some pics below of models. 870-4TWOFIVE-8860

              1993 25th Anniversary Limited ProStar 190, #17

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              • #8
                Update: I found a local dealer who agreed to install a Hewitt 7500lb lift for $15K with a trunk for storage on the dock and a railing on the side of the lift so we can walk around the boat. Seems like a decent deal but we'll see how it works once installed.

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                • #9
                  That sounds like a good deal for that much lifting capacity. And Hewitt has been around forever. I think you did pretty good.

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                  • #10
                    You can easily be in the mid 20's for top quality lift, especially with options including hydraulics. A quality lift can easily be maintained for a very long service life, unfortunately many people (around here in WI at least) just neglect them. Our '02 shore station has been upgraded with Power, one winch tube replacement, and one new canopy in over 20 years of service.

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                    • #11
                      If you have a dealer near you I’d go with a Hewitt hydrologic lift. They are fast and can handle any weight.

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                      • #12
                        I just had an 8klb Ryco installed for $20k. That Hewitt seems like a good deal.

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for the feedback all, I'll report back once it's installed.

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                          • #14
                            Last week I was quoted $15k for an 8800 lb side mount hydro hoist...

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