Boat Lift / Hoist and Dock Install and  Removal Tools

Foam Floats

In case you were wondering what 106 of our foam floats looks like on one load, here you go! We buy factory seconds in bulk so you can save $$$!

 Foam Floats for Dock/Pier and Boat Lift/ Hoist Install and Removal, Swim Rafts


This is what the pro installers use to move boat lifts and dock in the water, we buy them by the semi-load and cannot imagine life without them! One float can move numerous sections of dock in one load, so why carry it? Easily float your boat lift into place with two of our floats! These are factory seconds, so they all have some sort of minor blemishing or slight deformities like a rounded edge, rounded corner, etc. Some have mild to moderate surface scars on one side (typically these are the ones we cut into strips and halves as it does not affect performance, just cosmetics, which is why they are a fraction of the price of the float companies you see elsewhere!


Two of the full-thickness (roughly 4.5") floats are capable of floating nearly any size aluminum boat lift up to 6,000 or 7,000lb. capacity (depending on the brand and accessories) and canopy frame (larger cable-hydraulic hybrids often take 3 to help balance the incredibly unbalanced and high center of gravity weight that they have). Each float can be easily cut into 7 strips each, allowing the user to technically never have to physically lift the boat hoist, and making leveling the legs a breeze while the lift is only semi-buoyant- this is also the most stable way to move them as you can adjust to add buoyancy wherever necessary and gently set the lift into place, though you lose some shallow-water capability! All the float that curls up out of the water when cut into strips provides no buoyancy, so they lose weight capacity at the benefit of much easier and safer use, with better stability for the lift and easier placement, but may require additional strips to help balance heavier lifts, especially cable/hydraulic hybrid lifts which are much heavier and terribly lopsided weight, requiring more strips for stability.


Alternatively, cut into 4 halves for shallow water capability with one float under each footplate or spreader bar (as some pictures show), though it is nearly impossible to get it back up on top of all 4 when removing the lift at the end of the season, and also requires the ability to phsyically lift the hoist out of the water and onto the floats. Some people prefer to leave themt whole with one under each end spreader bar, then used as a swim raft the rest of the summer, just be careful as this can be very unstable and potentially flip the lift if they shift, and again, you'll have to figure out a way to get the hoist phsyically lifted up and onto the floats again in the fall during removal!


Floats can easily be cut into smaller sections for boat lift or dock installations/ removals with a simple hand saw or band saw if you happen to have one (circular saws don't cut all the way through and sawzalls don't make a straight cut). Rope handles and mooring/ anchor lines can be easily added by the customer at home by using a 1" hole-saw, just don't yank on the ropes or tow behind a boat with weight on them!


 We ALWAYS have black 5'x6' in stock which is 95% of what we sell, however, we get a handful of gray and white usually and every now and then we get a batch of light blue, though they typically have more scarring and deformites than any other color.


***Please bring either a truck or trailer and ratchet straps for pickup! The 5'x6' floats WILL NOT fit inside an SUV, and it is simply too dangerous to tie onto the roof (trust us, we've tried)! The 5'x6' Floats are actually about 5'3"x6'5" typically- they barely squeeze in between the bed rails on a full size truck bed, tonneau cover rails may prevent them from fitting***



SHIPPING: WE DO NOT OFFER SHIPPING. We're sorry, due to the outrageous cost of shipping something of this size (shipping costs far more than the float itself), as well as due to the unique blemishes on each float, we like to have you pick out the exact floats you want. There are companies online that ship similar floats, but expect to pay $600-$1,200+ for each float plus shipping!


If you have a long drive to us, we recommend getting together with your neighbors and buy 5-10 to make it worth the trip!


Roughly 5'x6' x4.5" Thick Various Color Floats- $120 each plus 6% tax

Add $10 Each For Us To Pre-Cut Plain Floats In Half For You


Boat Lift Strips- One Black 5'x6' Float Pre-Cut Into Seven ~9" Strips- $140 each plus 6% tax


Roughly 5'x6' x4.5" Thick Floats with Four Molded Cupholders- $150 each plus 6% tax


Roughly 5'x6' x4.5" Thick Beer Pong Float- $300 each plus 6% tax



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Click on the individual photos, below, to enlarge and scroll through! Just two of our 5'x6' floats (whole or cut into various pieces) can handle nearly any lift or dock task!

Boat Lift/ Boat Hoist Crane


Boat Lift /Boat Hoist Crane


Makes it easy to adjust leg heights while in the water by yourself! Save your buddies' backs and the hassle of rounding up extra help! Also use to set your lift on foam floats, or install wheels. All aluminum construction and stainless steel cable. 800 lb. automatic brake winch for smooth up/down travel with an automatic brake, no messing with flipping brake levers to change direction of travel! This is also our easiest way to help boost a lift over a seawall, along with 2-3 steel dock pipes with augers to use as pry-bars in sync with the crane.


Our aluminum hook extrusion is meant to fit 2" wide lift framework (90% of the lift market), customers with Lakeshore Products (LSP) or Hewitt lifts will have issues with the standard hook since many LSP and Hewitt Lifts (and a few other smaller brands) use 3.5" wide tubing on the bottom of the lift. You can either remove the hook and replace it with a chain, have a steel hook custom made with a wider gap, or usually it can awkwardly grab a corner of the framework if you are in a pinch or your neighbor needs to borrow it, though it can be dangerous!


Use these tools, tips and techniques at your own risk, always hire a professional or consult an experienced neighbor if you are unsure of what exactly you are doing! Always wear protective eyewear while using!


SHIPPING: We're sorry, due to the outrageous cost of shipping something of this size WE DO NOT OFFER SHIPPING.


7' Boat Lift /Boat Hoist Crane- $ 329.00 plus 6% tax


Boat Lift/ Boat Hoist Wheel Kits


Boat Lift/ Boat Hoist Wheel Kits


Unless you have a large crew of highly motivated labor to carry a lift in and out of the water here are some options to make the task easier. If your lake bottom and shoreline is relatively smooth and sandy, the 24'' poly wheels will work great. Also, a fantastic option if you store your lift far away from the shoreline. The axle brackets are adjustable and will fit almost any lift, though we will need to know the dimensions of your lower boat lift frame to get you the correct bolts (most are 2" wide, some brands are 3.5" and require different hardware). Once positioned and bolted up, the brackets stay on the lift, just remove the wheels and axles while lift is in use. We suggest buying one wheel set to share with your neighbors and just add additional brackets to each lift.


Heavy Duty Poly Wheel Kit includes 2 Wheels, 4 Axle Brackets, Axles and Pins- $261.00 plus 6% tax


Additional Axle Brackets- Four HD Axle Bracket Plates (One Pair)- For Additonal Lifts or for ShoreStation Brand Wheel Hubs 1.9" Axles- $109.00 plus tax      




Heavy-Duty Shore Station Hub/Axle Assembly


 Heavy Duty Shore Station Brand Hub/Axle assemblies accept

GM 5-Lug 4.5" pattern car/ truck wheels to allow for an inflatable car tire to be used instead of the polymer wheels. Features greasable hub bearings and comes with oversize cotter pins. Requires Shore Station Brackets, sold separately.


Heavy Duty Shorestation Hub/Axle Pair- $250.00 per pair plus 6% tax


Shore Station Axle Brackets- 3/8" Thick Aluminum Brackets- $109.00 per pair plus 6% tax

Smarte Jacks


Smarte Jacks are the easiest way to install and remove your plastic wheels for boat lift installation and removal. Simply use a cordless drill to retract the jacks to remove the wheels while lift is in use. Then, just slide your wheels back on at the end of summer, extend the jacks to raise and roll your boat lift out of the water and easily onto shore for winter storage!




Smarte Jacks Pair (24' Poly Wheels Included) $505 plus 6% tax

Dock Post Ratchet

Cut a Foam Float Into Thirds and Stack to Desired Height of Dock, Float the Dock and Yourself While You Auger With A Post Ratchet For Easy Augering Without Your Buddy Holding the Dock While You Auger! - Use This Technique at Your Own Risk!



Dock Post Ratchet


If you have a lot of augers to install or remove, then this is the tool you need! Even if you only have 6 augered poles for your boat tie-up, this is a lifesaver! Our ratchets have TWO HANDLES which makes a world of difference versus the one-handle versions that are on the market, allowing you to steer your post in as you ratchet, rather than tipping the pole at an angle like with a piece of re-bar or a one-handed ratchet.


Save your buddies the hassle of holding up the dock while you auger using our foam floats (as seen above)!  Cut a full-size float into halves or thirds and stack to the approximate desired installation height for a quick and easy installation!


Dock Post Ratchet- $110.00 plus 6% tax

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    Schoolcraft, Michigan 49087 

  Just South of Kalamazoo, MI









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Saturday 10am - 1:00 pm

CLOSED Saturday July 4th

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