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Old 01-31-2006, 08:54 AM
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Default Rule of thumb/boat lift ?

How do you determine what size you need as far a lifting capacity. i.e. 10,000lb boat w/o fuel & equip. your should be looking at 14 to 16000lb lifts ?

Lots of 12000lb lifts at the LOTO but I think they are too small. Manf. says my boat weighs 9700 and thats dry, me thinks 12k lift cuts it close. Correct thinking........
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Old 01-31-2006, 02:30 PM
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go with 16k that way it will lift it with gas and people in it....
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Default Re: Rule of thumb/boat lift ?

i have a center mount 14k lift for my 9k fountain and its great,
i have a center mount 4500 lb for 3k lb ski boat,
i was told the sidemounts are rated 1000 lbs less than what they can hold,.
i had a sidemount and i think they suck,,
raise the front then the back and keep it level by adjusting the valves from side to side.
i have hydrohoist brand and i have also heard other manufacturers are diff.
i would go bigger than you need as if youy get a bigger boat lift can stay and it seems more stabil.
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I got a 12,000# HydroHoist for my 31-foot Cig Bullet. Do you think it's large enough?

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I got a 12,000# hydro hoist for my 31-foot Cig Bullet. Do you think it's large enough?

what brand lift?...
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Old 02-01-2006, 05:02 PM
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I got a 12,000# hydro hoist for my 31-foot Cig Bullet. Do you think it's large enough?
full of fuel, coolers and people, it might not make it...
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Old 02-01-2006, 05:06 PM
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Clay, I have a 9000#, 4 pontoon Hydrohoist (old) that I use with my Bullet. I am sure it is a little small, but it has worked for years.

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Both lifts i have are 16,000 lbs. This is what the manufacturer's reccommended for a 12,000 lb boat. Only a few more bucks.
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Old 02-01-2006, 05:26 PM
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Default Re: Rule of thumb/boat lift ?

I had a 16,000 lb lift support a few different boats, 38 Top Gun, 41 Apache, 42 Fountain and 47 Fountain. Look at the weakest point on the lift as that is what will cause all of the problems (the gear box load rating, cable strength and ask what the material deflection is under a full load). Typically lift manufacturers build in a minimum 25% weight safety factor i.e. 16,000lb. rated lift should hold 20,000lb. without any structural damage or failure.
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I would over do-it then under do-it
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