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?  These are factory seconds, so they all have some sort of 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 5x6' floats are capable of floating nearly any size aluminum boat lift up to 6,000 capacity (depending on the brand and accessories) and canopy frame. Larger cable-hydraulic hybrids or even some brands of electric lifts 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 (roughly 6 ft. 5 in. long by about 9" wide, though actual will vary), 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 weight capacity and 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. Due to this, they 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- just because the overall weight is below the total approximate capacity of the foam, does not necessarily mean it will float due to lopsided weight, no lift brand is perfectly balanced due to the winch and cable routing, but some simply require more to float the same overall weight of certain brands of hoist versus a comparable phsyical weight in another brand.


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 (typically with our boat lift crane, or farm jack), and it can be very unstable and hard to position the lift while removing floats, so this is the least popular method. With the unbalanced weight of the lift, and wind catching the frame, it can make the hoist want to tip, causing the float halves to shoot from one side to the other and can potentially flip the lift.


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!


***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!


9/18/20 UPDATE: Quantities Are EXTREMELY Limited! Only Deformed or Thinner Floats Remaing- Still Great For Docks! Please Text or  Call Ahead!



Roughly 5'x6' x4.5" Thick Various Color Floats- $150 each plus 6% tax

Add $10 Each For Us To Pre-Cut Plain Floats Into Two Roughly 3'x5' Halves For You


SOLD OUT! Boat Lift Strips- One Black 5'x6' Float Pre-Cut Into Seven ~9" Wide Strips- $170 each plus 6% tax



SOLD OUT! Roughly 5'x6' x4.5" Thick Floats with Four Molded Cupholders- $180 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 (will require you to go under water to hook it up), find a local fabricator to 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, so use at your own risk!


The maximum lifting height in theory of a 7ft. crane (to the bottom of the hook channel) is roughly around 5 ft. 8" high- true lifting height capability TBD by your muck level, lift balance, canopy frame hitting ground, etc.- most people in average situations never come close to max capability! Those in shin deep muck or greater will benefit from using a 2x2 ft. treated plywood sheet under the footplate.


Roughly 22 lbs. total weight makes them easy for nearly anyone to handle!


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 Ft. Tall Boat Lift /Boat Hoist Crane- $ 329.00 plus 6% tax


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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

(Heavier Lifts Will Require Two Sets- This Will Sacrifice Turning Abiilty, But Necessary On Large Lifts)


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      



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!


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Smarte Jacks Pair (24' Poly Wheels NOT Included) $339 plus 6% tax


24" Poly Wheels- Sold Individually-$54 each 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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