Frequently Asked Questions

Boat Lifts

What is the difference between painted steel and galvanized steel docks?

Painted Steel docks will rust, show their age quickly and require a lot of maintenance. Galvanized docks will take much longer to rust and require maintenance.

US Army Corps of Engineers say Lake Lanier water releases will increase.

Lake Lanier is expected to begin dropping up to half-a-foot per week beginning October 29th 2012. The months of September and October are typically the driest months in the year. It is expected that the water levels at Lake Lanier will continue to decline as drought conditions persist throughout the southeast.

How much water do I need for a boat lift to work?

This is a great question. The average HydroHoist Boat Lift uses 4 and a half feet of water to operate. Keep in mind that this is giving you enough room to float your boat over the pads of the boat lift. Most competitors will tell you how much water it takes to just get their pads wet and leave off the amount of room it takes for your boat to float over the boat lift. If you purchase a HydroHoist Shallow water lift it will only take 3ft of water to operate. It is one of the best shallow water lifts in the industry.

Can a boat lift be moved from one boat dock to another?

Sure you can move a boat lift from one dock to another. Keep in mind the slip size – if your new slip is larger you may need to add some parts. I would not attempt to do this on your own. You would be surprised how many people try this and sink their boat lift. Call a professional – it is well worth it!

Can my HydroHoist be converted to pick up a pontoon boat?

If you have a HydroHoist Boat Lift, YES it can be converted to pick up a pontoon boat. By simply changing the pads on your boat lift it easily lift your pontoon boat.

What’s the big difference in a HydroHoist boat lift?

There are so many up-graded components that HydroHoist uses for example: The style of the tanks, designed to give added strength to the plastic. The increased hose diameter, this allows HydroHoist to be the fastest moving boat lift. It cuts the wait time almost in half. The new Arm components have more than doubled the strength of the arm. The competitors are still using old off the shelf parts. HydroHoist has proven, by testing the strength of their components. The others simply do not know any better. These are just a few reasons why HydroHoist is the leader.

What is so good about HydroHoist Boat Lifts?

It’s a 35 year old company with its own engineering staff. This company created the first boat lift.

Why do some boat dock ramps/gangways bounce and swing back and forth when people walk on them?

This is not a problem on a Wahoo Boat Dock. The engineering department at Wahoo goes to great lengths to make a strong, stable and engineered product. Our gangways do not swing and bounce like the competitors. Some ramps are just plain dangerous to walk on. Do a comparison and walk on a Wahoo, it is simply the best in the industry.

Why Buy A Boat Lift?

by Ron Martin, Sales Manager

Protect Your Investment – A HydroHoist® Boat Lift prevents boat from hitting the dock
during heavy wake or inclement weather, controls water osmosis in hull of the boat and
protects boat and outdrive from electrolysis.
Low Maintenance – Keeps hull clean, prevents marine growth from accumulating on
outdrive, hull can easily be sprayed off and wiped down when the boat is on a HydroHoist®
Boat Lift and keeps the boat looking new for years to come.
Ready To Go – A HydroHoist® Boat Lift gives you immediate access to the water and far
superior to trailering or dry stack storage.
Why Buy the HydroHoist® UltraLift2?
There are a lot of boat lift companies out there, there always have been. Some have
tried to copy our products; others have tried to claim our benefits. But none have ever
come remotely close to winning the loyalty, the confidence and the trust as HydroHoist®
Boat Lifts. HydroHoist® products have the strongest and most established name in the
boat lift industry and with proper installation require little or no maintenance. Critical to
the success of our product is the reputation HydroHoist® has earned in the past 45 years.
That reputation is built on quality products, backed by the strongest warranty in the
business, with a commitment to continuing technical advancement.
There are three primary components to a floating boat lift: the tanks, the frame,
and the control. The UltraLift2 tanks are engineered and manufactured by HydroHoist®
specifically for a HydroHoist® Boat Lift. They are a seamless one piece polyethylene design
that allows all steel components to be out of the water when the hoist is in the raised
position. Our patented snap-on attaching brackets eliminate any through holes in the tanks
and allow for positive locking on top to prevent the tanks from twisting or spinning
assuring a level operation at all times. The UltraLift2 frames are hot dipped galvanized,
and all of the pivot/stress points feature cast parts. These cast parts guarantee exact,
uniform fit and are High-Strength Low Alloy (HSLA) steel making them stronger than
carbon steel parts. The frame is assembled using positive through bolts and no set screws.
The UltraLift2 Control assembly uses the Electrolux motor which has the highest cubic foot
(CFM) per minute rate. The control is engineered to maximize air flow reducing the
operation time in half, is 50% quieter than the competition and requires a smaller foot print
on the dock giving you better and safer walking access.
Whether you compare the individual components, or the assembled hoist,
you simply can’t buy an equal product at any price.

How much material/silt can a single homeowner remove?

On Lake Lanier a single homeowner can remove up to 5000 cubic yards of silt. Remember you can only remove silt from the shoreline, you are not to remove the hard-pan. Silt depth can usually be determined by using a steel rod and pushing it into the ground until you reach resistance.