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Old 09-22-2017, 09:21 AM   #1
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Does anyone have any recommendations for a service that can pull my boat lift and put it on shore? I don't have a walk out beach, so I would need some type of crane/excavator. Thanks
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Old 09-22-2017, 10:05 AM   #2
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Old 09-22-2017, 10:38 AM   #3
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Second that, these guys are great to work with.


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Old 09-22-2017, 01:23 PM   #4
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Any thoughts of a come-a-long over a tree, etc. Use straps on frame and attach to come-a-long and lift. If tree is back a bit the frame would swing in to shore. Just need to be careful to control frame.

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Old 09-24-2017, 09:18 AM   #5
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The rocky embankment in front of my little cottage is about six feet high, and I have been using the same five boards for like 20-years now; three 2"x10"x10', and two 2"x4"x10' that get screwed together to build a ramp that lines up with the four legs of my ten foot wide boat lift. The lift as well as the five piece dock sections all get hauled up the rocky embankment to the level lawn, where it stays till ice-out.

I have no clue how much Center Harbor Dock and Pier would charge to be doing this? I have been in there to buy dock repair items, or aluminum dock pipe and know it's not a bargain basement type of a business. It ain't no thrift store.

Pulling the lift up and out is powered by a Maasdam pow'r pull, about $45, sold at Lakeport Hdwe in Laconia, a quality come-along ratchet device, attached to a convenient tree. Not all power pulls or come-alongs are all that easy to use so it helps to get a good one.

Moving it into the water in April is done with an eight foot 2"x3", used as a lever, to move it down the ramp...... to pry, lift, and move forward......about 4" at a time.........plus moving it down slope helps a lot.

As the saying goes .....slow & steady wins this race.

Boat lift supposedly weighs about 450-lbs.
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Old 09-28-2017, 09:43 AM   #6
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I have a similar problem with a high rock wall shoreline. I do have a sturdy permanent dock so I used a little Yankee ingenuity to get my lift out of the lake for the winter. I cantelevered two 4x4s off of the dock and pushed the lift as close to the dock as possible. With the lift in the nearly up position, I chained the upper boat lift rails to the 4x4s. Pressing the down button on the lift control pulls the lift bottom up and out of the water. To insure that the lift bottom wouldn't bleed down over the winter, I wrapped some straps around the bottom and top rails. Takes about an hour to get it done. It has worked for 4 winters so far.
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Old 09-28-2017, 12:48 PM   #7
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Nice! I've given it a lot of thought about whether there is a solution similar to yours. Unfortunately, my shore line does not give me any options other than removing it with a barge.
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Old 09-28-2017, 04:13 PM   #8
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Nice! I've given it a lot of thought about whether there is a solution similar to yours. Unfortunately, my shore line does not give me any options other than removing it with a barge.
Please post some pictures of what you have and I would be surprised if someone doesn't have a good idea. There are some pretty experienced and knowledgeable people on this site.
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Jersey guy, I am very impressed!
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