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Looking for used lift

gcam4gcam4 Posts: 69 Baller
We moved into a waterfront community last year and now we are looking for a lift. Due to our HOA we need to get a lift that is as unobtrusive as possible, hence the need for a hydraulic cantilever. These are very uncommon in NC though. Does anyone know of any used ones available? We don't mind a decent drive to pick one up if the price is right, but obviously there are limitations to that. We've seen some posts about others getting a great deal on used lifts and we are hoping to do so as well.

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  • hiddenskierhiddenskier Posts: 11 Baller
    Hey Grant, I’m a dealer for Hewitt Lifts. If your interested in a new lift I could have one shipped to you from the factory. Don’t have any used lifts available right now.
  • gcam4gcam4 Posts: 69 Baller
    @hiddenskier we would love a new one but, from what we have seen, they are out of our price range at the moment.
  • gcam4gcam4 Posts: 69 Baller
    We are still looking for a used lift, didn't know if anyone has seen one for sale.
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 2,853 Mega Baller
    See used ones frequently in Michigan, I assume you tried craigslist. But maybe also call the local marinas, we've traded in lifts in the past due to needing a wider deeper and stronger lift.

    gcam4
  • CarlCarl Posts: 8 New Baller
    Have you found a lift yet? I May have one available
  • gcam4gcam4 Posts: 69 Baller
    @Carl no I have not yet. What do you have?
  • gcam4gcam4 Posts: 69 Baller
    Thanks @BraceMaker I see numerous ones available in Michigan. The only hard part will be logistics...
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 2,853 Mega Baller
    Ya you are far enough that its probably not worth the transit. If you don't find many used locally though you might look around in the 1-300 hundred mile circle for an area with lots of small lakes and see about marinas there.
  • skihackerskihacker Posts: 235 Baller
    I bought a used hewitt out of Michigan years back, it broke down to just the square aluminum frame pieces and fit in the bed of a full size pick up. I'm not sure how many hoist's will do that but makes transit a whole bunch easier.
    MISkier
  • CarlCarl Posts: 8 New Baller
    I have A Shore Station the one with the manual wheel . Probably needs new cables but has not been used in several years, just sitting on land.
  • gcam4gcam4 Posts: 69 Baller
    I actually don't mind the drive because I am planning on traveling some with work to Michigan and some other states as well. I can just work these plans into picking up a lift. Albeit, I'll have to drive instead of fly, but at least it's not 100% lost! Most lakes around here have boat houses with overhead lifts. It appears that some states have a lot of the non permanent lifts and that is what I am trying to find.

    Thanks @skihacker that is good to know.

    Thanks @Carl but I need to have as non-obstrusive lift as possible and I don't believe our HOA will like the wheel. I'm looking for a cantilever hydraulic lift where most components are under the water at all times.
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 4,881 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Just curious what do you mean by unobtrusive? No canopy? I have a vertical with direct power electric winch and two remotes and it's no more obtrusive than my friends cantilever but we both have similar canopies. I don't find the many lifts on most MN lakes to be much more or less obtrusive then their neighbors...not being critical I'm actually just curious. Certainly this style of lift in MN is not a pretty as the permanent doc/cradle lift/roof structures on southern tourney lakes I've seen.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 2,853 Mega Baller
    In MI ice will destroy your lift and the DNR restricts boat houses and piers pretty strictly. Hence the lift styles here are typically of a certain style.



  • gcam4gcam4 Posts: 69 Baller
    @6balls personally, I don't think there is a big difference with either a vertical or cantilever as well. Now our HOA prefers the cantilever. We will be the only boat on our dock, 15 slips, that have a lift. Even though we have prior approval for a lift, we're just trying to make sure no one is upset after we put it in. The one other consideration with a vertical is the outside width of it. We have 10' to work with. I see some are 108", but I'm not sure if that is outside or inside width. I haven't seen as detailed of a drawing on the verticals as a cantilever.

    I'm finishing up with document that will be sent to the HOA on boat lifts so they will include that in the bylaws. I'm going to include both a vertical and a hydraulic in it and hope for the best.
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 2,853 Mega Baller
    A lift brand I am partial to are harbor masters. They have a version that is neither a vertical or cantilever that has angular aluminum rails and a simple cable. They come up very easy and very fast since the cable doesn't hold the full weight of the boat less work cranking and less force on lift motors.

    Also pretty cost effective and easily shipped
  • BdeckerBdecker Posts: 254 Solid Baller
    @gcam4 - maybe I missed this but where are you located? Decent Sunstream available in NH with a canopy. You take the lift and i’ll take the canopy if you need it below waterline.
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,642 Mega Baller
    @Bdecker what are they asking for the lift? I might know someone who is interested.
    Mark Shaffer
  • BdeckerBdecker Posts: 254 Solid Baller
    $3500
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,642 Mega Baller
    I will check. While it sounds like a fair price for a lift in good shape I am not sure they want to spend that much.
    Mark Shaffer
  • BdeckerBdecker Posts: 254 Solid Baller
    @Chef23 - I’d pay something for the canopy if they want a cheaper deal. Tried to get the owner to separate it but he wants it all gone
    Sivota
  • gcam4gcam4 Posts: 69 Baller
    @Bdecker I'm in NC, I'll take a look at it on Craigslist.
  • raynrayn Posts: 362 Baller
    That's a good deal. The canopy itself new is almost that much. Where was this when I was buying mine new.
    Ray Newmark -
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,120 Mega Baller
    Lifts must be a lot cheaper there. 3500 would be a steal here.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • gcam4gcam4 Posts: 69 Baller
    Looks like I missed out on that one. Had an obligation I couldn't miss and didn't look or really pay much attention for a few days.

    Does anyone know if the cylinders on these style of lifts can be rebuilt? I was browsing yesterday and saw a lift that needs either new or rebuilt cylinders. I called the manufacturer and asked and they said they are not rebuildable. I find that hard to believe as we have a lot of hydraulic equipment where I work and we have never had an issue getting something rebuilt.
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