Unforeseen Costs: The HarborHoist can simply be tied to an existing dock in the same manner one would tie off their boat. Often times, as in a Marina, approval by the marina and a simple letter of refinement is all that is needed in regard to permits. With other lifts, there are additional costs often not given or considered when obtaining a quote. These include a major construction permit, possible dredging, pile-driving, gangways or access walkways, sea-wall reinforcing, electrical wiring (often requires 220 volts), environmental mitigation and approval by neighbors and HOA.
Water Conditions/Environments: The HarborHoist only needs two feet of water plus the draft of your boat to operate. The lift also works well in deep water, changing tides, muddy water, rocky, or uneven sea floors. The HarborHoist will remain unharmed if sitting on the bottom in times of extreme low tide
Changing Needs: The HarborHoist is modular in that we can increase the lifting capacity by simply adding tanks as well as easily adjust the width of the lift and/or bunks in or out to fit changing needs. Others may require the purchase of a new lift.
Portable: The HarborHoist can be loaded on a boat trailer or towed by boat should you move or change slips. Others may be fixed to pilings or docks or are too cumbersome to move.
Warranty: While all lifts come with warranty, the HarborHoist has an impressive 10 year warranty on the tanks, a 3 year structural warranty (all marine grade aluminum and stainless steel, and a 3 year warranty on the electronic control. There are no expensive parts, cables or hydraulic lines to replace. Many lifts have multiple mechanical parts that carry only a 1 or 2 season guarantee along with a $1000/year maintenance contract. The HarborHoist requires extremly little maintenance.
Simple Operation: Your boat is easily launched and docked with or without assistance. Many lifts require another person to assist or may require manually winching the boat onto the lift.
Access to Boat: Many boat lift types do a great job of “lifting” the boat out of the water however, boarding and access can be difficult. The HarborHoist allows for easy boarding, loading, launching, dry-docking, unloading, cleaning, fueling and maintaining.
Repairs: Anything mechanical will eventually break or need repair. Replacement parts for “traditional cable lifts” are often difficult to find. With the HarborHoist, there are no hydraulic lines, torsion bars, cables, pulleys or expensive motors to replace. In fact, there are no moving parts whatsoever. All metal is above the waterline, and any mechanical components within the controller are easily replaced at a minimum cost, upon expiration of the warranty.
Maintenance: While many lifts require scheduled maintenance or annual replacement of cables, pulleys, hydraulic lines or winches, the HarborHoist may simply need to be power washed every 2-3 years when located in areas of heavy marine growth and we suggest running the blower motor once per month during the off season. No other maintenance is generally required.
Permits: Permanent fixtures require a lengthy and costly construction permitting process. The HarborHoist requires a less involved, or in some areas, a non-existent permitting process. Always check with local authorities prior to purchasing a boat lift.