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Fishing Requirements In Michigan

Fishing has long been a cherished pastime in Michigan and all of the surrounding Great Lakes states. With over 11,000 different lakes in Michigan alone.  Fishing is a great source of fun and adventure for the experienced or junior sportsman; with that in mind here are some rules, procedures and laws that everyone looking to fish michigan's waters should be aware of.  The first thing the sportsman must do is purchase a valid fishing license from a local license retailer or [...]

By |2018-12-28T15:52:14+00:00December 12th, 2018|Environment, Laws, Safety and Regulations, News|Comments Off on Fishing Requirements In Michigan

Can I use a freestanding lift with a very muddy bottom.

It really depends on how soft the mud is and the installer. I have installed these lifts into areas where the mud was 4' deep with no evidence of a bottom. We take 2x12 lumber and cut it into 2' lengths. We then take 2 boards and lay them side by side and take 2 more boards and place them side by side on top of the first two but changing the direction. When then use galvanized or stainless (depending on [...]

By |2018-11-26T18:21:41+00:00November 15th, 2018|Boat Lifts, Environment, News|Comments Off on Can I use a freestanding lift with a very muddy bottom.

You Can Help Prevent The Spread Of Zebra Mussels

Zebra mussels continue to spread throughout the Great Lakes states it is more important than ever to learn good habits for preventing the spread of this and other invasive species.  Below are a few techniques to turn every boaters habits into healthier alternatives for Michigan's waters. When transporting your boat drain all bilge pumps, live wells, and bait buckets.  Next thoroughly inspect the boats hull, trim plates, prop guards, pontoons, and trailer.  Remove any mussels that may have affixed themselves to [...]

By |2018-12-28T17:39:37+00:00November 15th, 2018|Environment, Laws, Safety and Regulations, News|Comments Off on You Can Help Prevent The Spread Of Zebra Mussels

Boat Lift Motor Care UPDATED 2018

Season of Care Anything in this world that is subject to time and change does far better with care rather than neglect; the equipment that you have purchased for your waterfront is no different.  The elements, regardless of where you live, can wreak havoc on the various components of your lift system and taking steps to avoid damage and prolong their life is easier than you might imagine.  In our article on canopy care we covered the basics of seasonal [...]

By |2018-12-13T17:24:30+00:00August 14th, 2018|Boat Lift Motors, Boat Lifts, Lift Repair, Maintenance|Comments Off on Boat Lift Motor Care UPDATED 2018

How do you measure a canopy for a cover?

Most boat lifts with canopies use the same method when determining the length and the width of your canopyy frame and cover. When measuring for length, you will measure from end to end, the entire length of frame.  Some lifts give even number measurements (20', 22', 24, etc.) and others will give you odd number measurements, but they all should measure to the foot. So you should not have a 22.5'  long canopy. Sometimes frames can be tweaked or damaged and [...]

By |2018-11-28T16:14:31+00:00April 26th, 2011|Canopies and Covers, Installs & Removals|Comments Off on How do you measure a canopy for a cover?

Boat Lift Motors

Choosing a boat lift motor for your freestanding boat lift can be less confusing if you know the different options that are now available.  When it comes to after market boat lift motors, the two most popular types are the direct drive or chain drive winch mount and the wheel to wheel drive. Winch Mount Direct Drive and Chain Drive Winch Mount Winch mount units like the Lift Tech Marine (shown above), the Shore Commander and the chain driven Sidewinder have [...]

By |2018-11-28T16:17:51+00:00October 13th, 2010|Boat Lift Motors, Boat Lifts, Maintenance, New Products, News|Comments Off on Boat Lift Motors

How to Program a Shore Commander Boat Lift Motor

If you have a Commander Boat Lift Motor with a touch pad and would like to change the PIN code, here is what you do. If the unit's code has never been changed from the factory; 1. First enter the code "1", "2", "3", "4" 2. Press and hold the code key down and at the same time, press the "2" button and release them at the same time 3. Once the red LED starts blinking, enter your own custom 4 [...]

By |2018-11-28T16:19:12+00:00October 13th, 2010|Boat Lift Motors, Maintenance, New Products, News|Comments Off on How to Program a Shore Commander Boat Lift Motor

A good Canopy Length for your Boat

When choosing a boat lift canopy, make sure you get an accurate measurement of your boat. Many times the factory supplied measurements do not include platforms. The most important job for a canopy is to protect your boat from the sun, so you want to make sure that it covers you boat completely. It is a good idea to choose a canopy length that is at least 2' longer than the overall length of your boat. The skirt on a canopy [...]

By |2018-11-28T16:21:14+00:00October 7th, 2010|Canopies and Covers, Installs & Removals, New Products, News|Comments Off on A good Canopy Length for your Boat

Choose the correct Boat Lift for your Boat

When it comes to choosing a freestanding lift or hoist for your boat, pontoon or PWC , there are a few things you will need to know to ensure you purchase a lift that works best with your watercraft. Knowing the overall weight and beam of your boat is the best place to start. This will allow you to choose the correct weight capacity and the correct inside width. Finding the Overall Weight When determining the overall weight of a watercraft, [...]

By |2018-12-13T17:26:10+00:00October 7th, 2010|Boat Lifts, New Products, News|Comments Off on Choose the correct Boat Lift for your Boat