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Old 01-17-2019, 05:22 PM
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Thanks for the responses. I think this year I will just get a nice cover and trailer it back and forth. We don't have the best launch area, but it doesn't get much action so no big deal to pull it in and out (about 2 miles from our cabin).

Sounds like eventually a lift might be nice, so I will keep an eye out for some used ones.
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Old 01-18-2019, 07:31 AM
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Boat is only in the water if I am there. Launch Friday night , pull it out Sunday night and wipe down and covered on trailer. No worries all week .
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Old 01-18-2019, 07:36 AM
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Get a Used lift. You only need a 3000lb lift which should be able to be found for food deal since most guys are wanting higher capacity or wider as they get bigger boats.
Keep your eyes and craigslist and the shoreline and spread the word.
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Old 01-18-2019, 07:39 AM
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Get a Used lift. You only need a 3000lb lift which should be able to be found for food deal since most guys are wanting higher capacity or wider as they get bigger boats.
Keep your eyes and craigslist and the shoreline and spread the word.
Yup, I'll definitely keep an eye out this spring once the weather warms up.
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Old 01-18-2019, 07:40 AM
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Get a Used lift. You only need a 3000lb lift which should be able to be found for food deal since most guys are wanting higher capacity or wider as they get bigger boats.
Keep your eyes and craigslist and the shoreline and spread the word.
You think a 3000lb lift is okay? I was thinking maybe more 3500lb. I think weight of the boat is around 2500lbs.
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Old 01-18-2019, 08:09 AM
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Donít leave it in the water. The cheapest like others mentioned is to trailer it. The best option long term is lift.
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Old 01-18-2019, 08:55 AM
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You think a 3000lb lift is okay? I was thinking maybe more 3500lb. I think weight of the boat is around 2500lbs.


Sure. I started with a 2600 lb lift and went to 3000 lb. same boat as you. I think it is 2550 lbs. plus some gas.

You are not (or donít have to) going to lift the boat and 4 people. Pull up to hoist, crank lift until it catches the boat. Unload everything, then crank up the rest of the way.

3500 or 4000 would certainly be better, future plan, more overkill, but if you are cost conscious, Iíd have no issue w 3000 lb unit.
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Old 01-18-2019, 09:01 AM
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I echo what’s already been stated – never store in the water more than a day or two.

As far as a lift, I would not advise a 3000# lift for your boat. I use an aluminum boat cradle, with a 4500# capacity (1 HP motor). If you get something with 3000# capacity, it won’t necessarily be an issue of it holding the boat but more that it won’t have the motor with cojones enough to lift it. I bought mine used 3 years ago for $1100, but it had never been used or installed. Since purchasing, I am on the original motor and cables. I replaced the switch for about $70.

http://www.boatcradles.com/hsk4500.htm

As far as depth, you could do two things:

1. Rent a trash pump and suck the dirt / silt out of your boat house to another location down shore or
2. Back the boat into the slip, tie the boat off from the ski pylon to each side of the dock and put the boat in gear at about 1800-2000 rpm to blow it out, it works great

That being said, I have read about lakes on this forum where people have gotten into trouble for modifying the lake bottom/shoreline, so be aware of the local laws

BTW - Where is the pic of your boat?
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Old 01-18-2019, 10:05 AM
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I had a 2400lbs Vibo lift i bought for $1100 with canopy when i owned my stars/stripes. then i bought a 205, so i needed a 3400lbs lift... well my buddy had a 3400lbs vibo... we did some measurements, the only difference between the two was the cable/pullies. So i just upgraded those and away i went. It's been working great.

Used lifts are pretty reasonable if you are in an area with alot of lakes.
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Old 01-18-2019, 10:29 AM
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Back the boat into the slip, tie the boat off from the ski pylon to each side of the dock and put the boat in gear at about 1800-2000 rpm to blow it out, it works great
This way is the most fun
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