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Thread: Boat lift or davit?

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    Boat lift or davit?

    Curious if anyone has any experience installing a lift or davit on a boat? be it aluminum or fibreglass in the 18 to 20 foot range. Strong enough to pick a powerchair up off a dock.

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    Most people install the lift on the dock.

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    Just realized I posted in the wrong forumn.. wanted to post in Rec,sports and travel. Could it be moved pretty please

    Want the boat more mobile, dock mount wont work

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    Keep in mind that weight transfers in boats cause instability. A pontoon boat might handle a 350# chair if lift is positioned correctly, probably in bow/front. Also, lift extended amplifies chair weight that boat must handle. Somewhere you can find the formula to calculate.
    Old paddle boats had long ramps on front for passenger/cartridge off load. With boat tied off, this might be safer.
    Any way you do it will be dangerous. Be careful. Paper is cheap. Draw your thoughts first.

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    It's going to be a challenge mounting any lift on the deck of a boat. Typically, they're set on concrete. Also, getting the boom high enough might also be an issue.

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    Something like this.. but Campion wont sell without there boat is the rumour

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HI34_8PilVU

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIYV1bSIwPE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaun View Post
    Something like this.. but Campion wont sell without there boat is the rumour

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HI34_8PilVU

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIYV1bSIwPE
    Just my opinion, the quad should have had a life vest on before getting on pier. Did you see how close his rear wheels got close to the edge?

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    I never noticed that, but I just now noticed and zoomed in on the name on lift! Spitzlift!

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    I live in a fishing community. They made a lift from using a hydraulic ram and motor they used for small crab boats and welded up a platform for my chair. Been using it for 35 years without a problem. Haven't even checked the hydraulic fluid and works fine. Cost me 1500 dollars back then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Madsen View Post
    I live in a fishing community. They made a lift from using a hydraulic ram and motor they used for small crab boats and welded up a platform for my chair. Been using it for 35 years without a problem. Haven't even checked the hydraulic fluid and works fine. Cost me 1500 dollars back then.
    How big a boat? Have you got pictures?

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