Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some common questions about our product. If you can't find the answer to your question here, see our frequently asked questions for ShoreStation owners.

This depends on the model number. The first 2 numbers are the capacity in hundreds of pounds.

This depends on the model number. The last 3 numbers are the inches between the posts of entry, prior to the installation of optional load guides.

Left front or right rear on aluminum and right front or left rear on steel.

Approximately 12"-14" plus the draft of the boat.

The standard lift leg can be used in up to 4 ft. The extension leg can be used in up to 6 ft. of water. The deepwater lift models can be used in up to 9 ft. of water.

The threads of the winch drive shaft, winch cable, and drive chain.

It can be done, but it is not cost effective.

When cables start to fray, they should be replaced.

Cable replacement requires special tools and expertise backed up by factory training. Please contact a servicing dealer for this important service that requires OEM parts.

Only a qualified ShoreStation dealer should assemble and install a boat lift; ShoreStation dealers are factory-trained to make sure you are satisfied with your purchase. In addition, if assembled and installed incorrectly, only dealer work will be covered by warranty protection.

Yes, it can be adjusted up or down to the corresponding numbers on both ends of the tube. This will limit the lifting height.

We recommend a muck pad, which is available through your ShoreStation dealer.

ShoreStation uses Diamond Vogel #AG8319 – "Transparent Natural Cedar." It is ShoreStation Part #4040132.

There are several advantages to our hydraulic boat lift over traditional lifts that wind cables around a pole or drum. Below are just a few of the many:

  • Speed lift speeds exponentially faster result in safer and more convenient operation. Because the platform comes up quicker, it reduces your time needed to hold the boat in place.
  • Longevity We offer the best warranty in the industry (by far!). Hydraulic lifts do not wind cables creating much less stress on the cables. This allows us to confidently offer an industry leading 15-year warranty on the cables and structure. Watch our video animation of the Cylinder Operation.
  • Hassle-Free Unlike traditional lifts that can be over-wound or "bird nest" when the cables go slack, our hassle-free cable design makes it impossible for these head-ache situations to occur. We have created a system that protects the user from the lift, and vice-versa!
  • Reliability 24v DC power with solar charging not only saves you electrical costs, but it adds reliability that the lift will work in any conditions. More importantly, it keeps your waterfront safer when you don't have to worry about electrical currents near the water.
  • Visit our hydraulic comparison guide for more side-by-side advantages of the ShoreStation Hydraulic Boat Lift vs Traditional Lifts Comparison Guide.

One of the best features of this system is that it is virtually maintenance free. You don't have to worry about annual inspection costs, greasing gears, or replacing or repairing cables. The only required maintenance is replacing your battery when it dies, which is commonly 3-5 years. You can even leave the battery outside all winter long if it is hooked up to the solar panel or battery tender and continues to get a charge.

Deep cycle group 24 marine batteries are recommended.

Simplicity is the trademark of the system. The lift is easily operated with the single push of a wireless remote and has built-in user safety factors that ensure the user cannot cause any damage to the boat or system itself. If a rare situation does arise where the lift is not working properly, the system can most commonly be diagnosed and fixes on-site without any major tools or repair.

We include Jax Marine Blue hydraulic fluid with all lifts. Rarely will you experience a leak, but in the event that is does happen the fluid is biodegradable and EPA approved. We recommend replacing the fluid every 10 years.

Yes, in the unlikely event of a cylinder failure, it can be replaced. It is also possible to rebuild the cylinder and install new seals. This would be a rare occurrence in our experience. We would equate it to rebuilding your transmission in your car…this usually occurs after 250K miles.

Reliable DC power delivers maximum and constant power, resulting in the fastest lift time of any power system available. No more worrying about low voltage AC power supplies. DC also yields 6 – 8 cycles on a fully charged battery. The Battery Tender or solar panel automatically recharges the battery with no daily maintenance.

The first two numbers listed in the model number indicate the capacity in hundreds of pounds.

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