Has anyone ever used a davit crane to lift a PWC out of the water onto their dock? These things have arms of 4.5'-8', rotate 360 degrees, 1000lb capacity, $60-100 ebay pricetag (plus shipping), and operate via a manual hydraulic crank. The main market for davit cranes seems to be for pickup truck beds, but they can also mount to docks, and with the right harness, can safely lift a PWC out of the water to place on some kind of skids on the dock.
Nevermind. To work, I'd need to get a crane with two things:
1. 4.5+ foot boom (actual length, without all the cheating stuff some of them do)
2. 1000+ lift capacity (with boom fully extended).
None of those cranes actually meet my criteria. While they do support 1000 lbs, they only support that kind of weight when the boom is at its minimum length. Boom extended, they only support 250 pounds or so...
I'm still looking for PWC lifts or floating ramps. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
I would contact a company that specializes in boat lifts in your area. They would have a davit capable of lifting the weight of a PWC with rotating capability. You need something with a far more substantial base, or something that is designed to bolt securely and evenly to a piling. Expect to pay far more than $60 to $100 though.
Last edited by j442w30; June 19th, 2007 at 12:20 AM.
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There are lots of manufacturers that make PWC lifts for docks, check these out for info, then look for used ones. We live in S. Florida and there are always used ones for sale. The last one is a drive on PWC storage unit: