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FAQ : PWC LIFTS
Can the winch be mounted on either side of the lift?

Yes.

Why does my jet lift crank down hard?
  • Winch shaft & wheel need grease.
  • Wheel needs to thread on and off the shaft to activate and release the brake.
Why doesn’t my lift stay up?
  • If the winch doesn’t click going up, the winch is wound backwards. Clockwise: up. Counterclockwise: down.
  • The winch needs a load to activate the brake. An empty lift may not stay up.
How do I tell which model lift I have?

We made several PWC lifts through the years: JL, JLS, JLD2, JLD2, LSC648, LSC650, LSC860, LSC860d, LSC750d, LSC964, LSC1264, LSC1480, LSC1488.

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FAQ : VERTICAL LIFTS (CURRENT)
Will this lift work in SHALLOW water? / Will this lift work in DEEP water?

Yes. See diagram below.

straight cradle min water depth no legs v cradle min water depth no legs 2
Minimum water depth using no legs. Assuming a boat draft of 16". *
straight cradle min water depth with legs v cradle minimum water depth with legs
Minimum water depth using legs. Assuming a boat draft of 16". *
straight cradle maximum water depth v cradle maximum water depth
Maximum water depth using the "stock" legs. Longer legs available. *
* These are absolute minimum and maximum depths and not recommendations.
Waves and wind and water level fluctuations might make these minimums and maximums impractical. Talk to your dealer about your situation.

 

Can I put the winch on either side of my lift?

No. But if you want to move the lift from one side of your dock to the other, simply turn your lift 180° at the same time. It doesn't matter which end of the lift you drive onto.

How large a lift do I need for my 19' I/O Runabout?
  • The first two numbers of the model number refer to weight capacity. The last 3 numbers refer to the width capacity:

    30108 = 3000 lbs. capacity / 108" capacity

    40120 = 4000 lbs. capacity / 120" capacity

  • In determining the weight of your boat be sure to add the following to your boat's advertised dry weight:

    Fuel = 6 lbs. per gallon
    Oil = 8 lbs. per gallon
    Water = 9 lbs. per gallon

    And don't forget the equipment: tow ropes, water skis, paddle, flares, fire extinguisher, radio, towels, lift jackets, ladder, anchor, fishing gear, batteries, coolers, adult beverages and ballast. All this can add up to a 25% increase over the advertised "dry weight" of your boat.
How much can I overload these lifts?

Although we overload these lifts when we test them, we still recommend that you follow the weight ratings. Overloading will void the warranty.

Why do the cables at the back of these lifts appear slack?

The rear cables are only used to keep the cradle level. These cables are only in tension when the load is not centered. Then, only the cable on the heavy side is working and will appear tight. The cable on the light side is doing no work so it remains loose. If you tighten these cables they will bind and make the lift hard to crank.

How are these cables strung?

See Diagram below:

how cables are strung illus
Why doesn’t my lift stay up?

If the winch doesn’t click going up, the winch is wound backwards. Clockwise: up. Counterclockwise: down.

The winch needs a load to activate the brake. An empty lift may not stay up.

How to Identify B vs C Style Lifts
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FAQ : VERTICAL LIFTS (OLDER MODELS)
What is the biggest problem with the old vertical lifts?

The #1 problem is cables are adjusted incorrectly.

The early lifts could be adjusted using eye bolts at the top of the cables. Often customers try to adjust the slack out of the cables at the rear of the lift. Slack is needed in order for the lift to go up and down. (See "How the Lift Operates" below.) Each rear post has 2 cables connected to it. The cables closest to these rear posts need to be loose. If your cables have no slack, readjust them so they do. You will love the results. 1" to 4" of back and forth movement is fine.

How does this lift operate?

Example for 3800 lb. boat:

The front cable (winch cable) lifts the entire weight of the boat and that part of the lift which goes up and down = 4000 lbs.
The two side cables lift only the rear of the lift and 1/2 of the weight of the boat = 2000 lbs. (or 1000 lbs. per side cable)
The two rear cables only balance the load from side to side = 50 lbs. per cable. These two cables need to be loose (see #1 Problem above.)

If each of the cables carry different loads why aren't they different sizes?

Putting small cables on the rear of the lift generated too much speculation that we had put on the wrong cables. Therefore we put oversize cables all the way around.

Can I put the winch on either side of my lift?

No. But if you want to move the lift from one side of your dock to the other, simply turn your lift 180° at the same time. It doesn't matter which end of the lift you drive onto.

Why does my lift crank down hard?
  • The rear cable may be too tight. (see #1 Problem above.)

  • The winch shaft and wheel need grease. The red wheel needs to thread on and off the winch shaft to activate and release the brake.
Do you still make canopies for these older lifts?

Yes.

Why doesn’t my lift stay up?
  • If the winch doesn’t click going up, the winch is wound backwards. Clockwise: up. Counterclockwise: down.

  • The winch needs a load to activate the brake. An empty lift may not stay up.
How much weight will my lift hold?

Look at the first two numbers in your model number and multiply by 100:

Example: 36108 = 3600 lbs., 108" wide.

Why is there a galvanized cable on the front and stainless steel cables on the sides and rear?
  • Stainless steel resists rust better than galvanized cables. Because a portion of the side and rear cables are always in the water, stainless steel is the best material.

  • Galvanized cable is stronger and has better wear resistance than stainless steel. Because the front cable is almost always out of the water and does the most work (see How the Lift Works) galvanized is the best material for the front cable.
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FAQ : CANTILEVER PONTOON LIFTS
How long of a lift do I need for my Pontoon boat?
  • Usually it is better to buy a lift that is longer than the deck of your boat. This allows you to use the bow stops to help you dock your boat. In addition, you will then have a longer lift for the bigger boat you will probably buy in the future.

  • It is acceptable to use a shorter lift and will save you some money. However, it is a little harder to dock on a shorter lift. The front and the rear of the boat should hang off the lift equally.
Can I mount the winch on either side of the lift?
  • New Style, Smooth Sided Winches: Yes.

  • Old Style, Fluted or "Ruffles" Sided Winches: Must be modified before they can be moved. Otherwise the winch will be mounted upside down and the lift won't stay up.
    Modification: Remove the mounting channel from the end of the winch and reattach it to the other end. This requires removal and reinstallation of 4 carriage bolts. Make certain that the slot in the mounting channel stays opposite the drum.
Why won't my winch stay up?
  • The winch may be wound backwards. Clockwise: up. Counterclockwise: down.
  • If you have a fluted or "ruffles" sided winch, it may be mounted upside down.
Can I use just one pair of legs to raise the back of my lift higher?

Maybe. The bottom of the lift needs to be supported every 8', so it may be necessary to add more than 1 set of legs.

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