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  1. #1
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    Default Floating boat lift

    I'm getting ready to put in the boat lift that I picked up last fall.....any tips / tricks for getting the lift off land into the lake? I've seen the use of inner tubes, plastic floats, sections of pvc pipe, etc., but just wondering what would be easiest for myself and college-age son to get it in.

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    PVC pipe works great they built mine on land by water the lifted the back put a pipe under it lifted the front rolled right into the water


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    use two dolly's and some floats
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    Built one with a relative and hauled it in with a boat and rope as well as pushed it. We didn't have enough people to lift it. It was pretty huge as it was made for a deck boat.
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    Here is my thinking as of now - any feedback on how well this might / might not work?

    The lift is about 100' from shoreline and it has two wheels - one in the center on each side, so was going to use the wheels to get it to the water's edge. I was going to purchase a few tractor tire inner tubes and place one under each of the four sides and float the lift to the needed location. Since we have a lot of muck and the footing is real bad near the lift location, i was going to move it there and then just let the air out of the inner tubes to lower it into place.

    Hoping it works as easily as it sounds...
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    Can you use a boat (not saying the Moomba) as the floating device, tie down the boat to the lift mechanism, crank the lift all the way down causing the lift to be suspended by the boat, move the boat/lift into position, raise the lift to lower the lift legs to the lake bottom and untie the boat.
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    On mine the used an air compressor to fill the air tanks then capped the fill hose this made the lift buoyant



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    should work no problem you will just have to adjust it when it hits the ground, with long 2 x 4 , or 4 ft pry bar.

    also steer clear when the air is let out as it will go fast to the bottom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmandley View Post
    On mine the used an air compressor to fill the air tanks then capped the fill hose this made the lift buoyant



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    Same here!

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    If you have a really mucky bottom, might be a good idea to submerge some wood pallets at the leg locations, even if they have a big pad. This will make it much easier to take out in the fall.
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