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Old 06-22-2020, 07:36 AM   #1
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Default Boat Lift question: hydraulic or cables

We are fairly exposed at our island location, and thinking it is time for a boat lift. Have looked at both the Sunstream hyraulic system and Floe cable lift type system. Would love to hear thoughts from those who own both on pros/cons. Boat is 26', 5500# dry weight, and water at the dock slopes from ~45"-60" deep. Thanks!
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repair costs would be a determining factor for me. I would love the ease of hydraulics but what are the costs to replace a seal or repair and ease of moving lift vs the cable one. Also does it have a cable back up.

with all that said I would still want to go with hydraulics, i believe the system is just beefier and sturdier
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the Sunstream sunlifts are extremely durable. We owned a pair of mini lifts (2000# pwc/small boat size) for years and NEVER had one problem with them.

Cable lifts can be a pain. Floe does make decent stuff though.

For a boat that size I would go Sunstream. Reach out to Glenn at Watermark.
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I have a cable lift on a canal in FL.

The water is really calm there so it is easy to use.

I got it re-cabled and had both motors replaced a while back for $1,200.

If I was looking for a lift for here my main concern would be how fast can it lift the boat.

As waves and wakes lift and drop the boat I would be cringing.

The sooner it's up above the action the better.
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