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  1. #1
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    Default Boat lift opinions

    We are considering a boat lift to care for our bundle of joy while we are away from the cottage. Boathouses are no longer allowed on our lake so that's not an option.

    The sexiest one is the Viking boat lift which you can leave in the water over winter. Love to have the forum's opinion too.

    Give me your thought and experience please.
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    have a shore station lift for my 05 outback it is the 4000 lb size . I pull in and out in spring and fall but I notice other people leaving theirs in thru out the winter with out any harm. Living in Saskatchewan so lake freezes over but like I said other leave theirs in all year round .I totally enjoy not having to worry about the boat when not at the cabin as well as having it on the lift during day and not having all waves from days boating pounding it to crap.

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    I would imagine your choices are going to be limited based on the lake you are on.

    My parents have always had one that has hard tanks that fill and empty air in order to lift the boat out of the water. Has bunks like a trailer would. Father-in-law has a pulley system style one that lifts the boat from above by use of pulleys.

    I like the hard tanks more. But that lake doesn't drain to empty in the winters. Would not be ideal for a lake that drains.
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    With all due respect - how do these guys list themselves as Americas #1 lift? I have been boating in Minnesota for 40 years and never seen them? Interesting concept.
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    I have a lift with hard tanks and bunks like a trailer. Mine is a Boat Floater. They are all pretty good. The Hydro Hoist is expensive and has Poly tanks. They are top of the line for a poly tank lift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BensonWdby View Post
    With all due respect - how do these guys list themselves as Americas #1 lift? I have been boating in Minnesota for 40 years and never seen them? Interesting concept.
    Hydro hoist is very popular in this part of the country. I believe the company was started here on Grand Lake in Oklahoma.

    We have 2 small ones for PWC's, 1 for bass boat and 1 for the "runabout". All of these are round fiberglass tanks. We also use the hydroport for PWC quick access on busy holiday weekends.

    As for them being the #1 boat, IDK its the only lift I've owned so I don't know any different.
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    Default Viking Marine Boat Lifts

    I have had a Viking Marine boat lift for 5 seasons. This year, the ice toppled my lift (the lift is free standing and I have a rocky bottom. I never trusted it to hold my boat over the winter) They claimed they would come fix it, but never did. They offer absolutely NO customer service. for the past 3 years they have been telling me and the other 2 lift owners on my lake they would come and install larger sprockets and maintain the lift, but they NEVER show up. There is nobody out there that works on their lifts, just Bo.

    If you dont want to just throw money down the drain, I would suggest a more substantial and reputable boat lift manufacturer

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    Shorestaion is very solid in the north, my friend has one. as well as RGC which my dad has is out of buffalo NY. i have a great lakes hoist out of michigan area.

    all three are stationary vertical lifts. i would never leave my hoist in the water on the winter if ice could get to ice. either move it or crumple it like a paper clip... my .02



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    Nice setup JM. I agree any one who leaves an aluminum lift in the ice is asking ,pleading for trouble.
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