Go Back   Winnipesaukee Forum > Winnipesaukee Forums > Boating > Boat Repairs & Maintenance
Home Forums Gallery Blogs YouTube Channel Classifieds Calendar Register FAQDonate Members List Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-22-2020, 08:36 AM   #1
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Rattlesnake Isl. - Simsbury, CT
Posts: 270
Thanks: 89
Thanked 44 Times in 26 Posts
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!
lakershaker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2020, 08:43 AM   #2
Senior Member
AC2717's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Maynard, MA & Paugus Bay
Posts: 2,464
Thanks: 724
Thanked 336 Times in 251 Posts

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
Capt. of the "No Worries"
AC2717 is online now   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to AC2717 For This Useful Post:
lakershaker (06-23-2020)
Old 06-22-2020, 08:54 AM   #3
Senior Member
codeman671's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 3,127
Thanks: 180
Thanked 667 Times in 392 Posts

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.
codeman671 is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to codeman671 For This Useful Post:
lakershaker (06-23-2020)
Old 06-22-2020, 11:18 PM   #4
Senior Member
8gv's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 1,919
Thanks: 60
Thanked 666 Times in 433 Posts

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.
8gv is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to 8gv For This Useful Post:
lakershaker (06-23-2020)


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:31 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions Inc.

This page was generated in 0.33190 seconds