Boat Lift / Hoist and Dock Installation and  Removal Tools

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Begginner's Video Guide To Installation Tools:

Foam Floats (Strips & Halves), Boat Lift Wheel Kits, Boat Lift Crane

Foam Floats

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


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 should not affect performance and they will inevitably get gouged and cut from your boat lift/ dock during use anyway!


Whole Floats

~5'3" Wide x 6'5" Long x 4.5" Thick


These will NOT fold or fit inside any SUV or cargo van (trust us)!

  • Pros
  • Best option for dual use to install dock/ pier & use for a swim raft the rest of summer
  • Best safety factor option when in doubt on how many to buy, for those traveling far for pickup. Simply cut as you like with a chainsaw or hand saw after you test the others if you still need more buoyancy, or sell to a neighbor as a swim raft if unneeded.
  • CAN (though we don't recommend) be used on 1 end of the boat lift if you have a Boat Lift Crane or farm jack to get it up on top of the float
  • Larger true hydrualic (cantilever) lifts may be able to wedge whole floats in the cradle, power lift cradle down using the rams to pop the lift up without lifting



  • Incredibly unstable to use for lift installation/ removal- some people have flipped their lifts trying as it shoots sideways across the lift frame if it starts to tip due to wind, waves and lift balance, especially on some particular lopsided weight designs
  • Requires a way to lift the boat lift onto the float and back off of it
  • High probablility that you'll have issues getting the lift off of it safely- which is why we do NOT recommend


Price: $180 each, plus tax.

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Float Strips-Pre-Cut

Sold in Sets of 7 (1 Float)

~9" Wide x 6'5" Long x 4.5" Thick



Shore Station®/ Atlas® 5k+ Capacity, Any brand of Vertical Hydraulic/ Cable Hybrid Lifts (i.e. Shore Station®, Shore Mate®), FLOE® VSD, etc. REQUIRE 3 Sets due to their incredibly lopsided weight- other brands with long canopy frames, motors, triple bunks and/or side guides may require 3 as well, more is ALWAYS better.



  • Best option for installing & removing boat lifts!
  • Most stable & versatile- put them exactly where you need the extra buoyancy to help balance lifts or level lift legs
  • No crane/ farm jack/ phsyical lifting required in most cases, individual strips to sink below the lift frame and keep adding until your desired buoyancy
  • Can gently and controllably set your lift into place (especially if putting your lift on plastic pallets/ plywood in extremely mucky areas), re-level easily
  • Can bundle with a rope/ ratchet strap for dock/pier work too!
  • 2 sets (14 strips) fits in most SUVs with middle seats folded, front seats forward, 3 sets in large SUVs
  • Great supplement for lift wheel kits or rolling docks to reduce weight in deeper areas
  • Easiest to store- fits well in garage rafters



  • Can't use as a swim raft
  • Lose some buoyancy versus whole floats or halves- foam sticking in the air does not provide lift- the increased stability is well worth this trade off!
  • Most likely to hit you in the face when removing from lift


Price: $200 each (set of 7) plus tax.

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Float Halves-

(1 Float) Pre-Cut

~Two 3'x5' x 4.5" Thick Pieces





  • Best option for stacking for installing/ removing ONLY docks/piers (not lifts)
  • 1 set of halves can be nice for dual dock/ lift work, pretty stable to use on 1 end of lift, using Boat Lift Crane to lift on top, with a set or two of strips on the other end and/or spread around for balance
  • Best buoyancy for the shallow end of the lift to get you closer to shore before needing wheels/ steel pipes
  • Can be used as small swim rafts
  • Easy to carry and stack 3-4 halves to near dock height (~18" above water typically)
  • Best for walking on docks while augering at desired height in extreme muck (at your own risk)



  • Can only be used on 1 end of boat lifts, it is essentially impossible to get both ends of lift on top of them and floating, since the crane/ farm jack will tip over once one end is floating and you try to lift the second end, hence the strips
  • Less stability for lifts versus all strips
  • Difficult to set the lift in place safely and/or accurately


Price: $190 each (Set of 2 Halves) plus tax

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We're sorry, due to the outrageous cost and hassle, we do not ship (key word, WE), nor do we have any other locations.

However, with a strict minimum order of 10 floats, we can band and plastic wrap 10-18 floats (whole, strips, halves in the combination of your choice), YOU can line up your own LTL shipping for pickup during our posted regular business hours with at least 3 business days notice, payment must clear prior to your carrier's arrival and the shipping will be at your own risk of damage to the floats- the pallet, banding will likely leave some permanent marks on the top and bottom float in addition to the usual blemishes that you must expect since these are factory seconds/ blemished. Any loss/ damage caused during freight will be between you and your carrier, again this as at your own risk, we only offer this option due to extremely high demand, we will not be held liable or get involved in your claim.


LTL Carrier Quote Info- Use this info when you contact your shipping carrier/ LTL freight company of your choice:


Specify Non-Stackable!!! 6 ft. x 7 ft. as the outer dimensions, height 5" per float based on your quantity plus 6" factored for the pallet, weight ~ 35 lbs. per float plus 50 lbs. for the pallet (there is some safety factor built into these numbers), NMFC Freight Class: 300. You will need to ship to a business with a loading dock, otherwise expect a huge fee if a lift-gate service is required to a residential location.


You can probably expect $500-1,000+ per pallet, it takes up 4-8 spots in the truck since it is non-stacking and oversized. For reference, one customer shipped one single float to Florida on their corporate account (great rates compared to private) and was $380 for ONE float.





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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 galvanized steel cable for strength. 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 2-4 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 (80% of our local lift market), customers with Lakeshore Products® (LSP) or Hewitt® brand, some ShoreMaster® brand lifts will have issues with the standard hook since many LSP and Hewitt Lifts (and a few other smaller brands) use 3-3.5" wide tubing on the bottom of the lift. Some customers have permanently put a short loop of heavy duty chain around their lifts to hook onto, otherwise you can either remove the hook and replace it with a chain with hook (will require you to go under water to hook it up), or better yet, find a local fabricator to have a steel hook custom made with a wider gap.


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- $ 349.00 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 longer bolts, so we'll need to know to get the correct hardware for you). 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 (Pair) Includes: 2 Wheels, Plates w/ Bolts, 2 Galvanized Steel Axles, Wheel Washers and Pins- $289.00 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!


Fall Blowout Sale (While Stock Lasts)!


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 2-6 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. Also, we find that most people using re-bar, screw drivers or pipe wrenches never get the augers deep enough to be effective, and can be worse than a footplate in terms of stability when they are not driven deep enough- problem solved simply by having the right tool and increased leverage and effective angles of pressure downward as you 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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 11811 S. Shaver Road

    Schoolcraft, Michigan 49087 

  Just South of Kalamazoo, MI




We will be closed for family commitments on Saturday 9/25, thank you for your understanding!

Boating Season Hours:

Tuesday-Friday 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Saturday 10 am - 1 pm


Sunday & Monday- CLOSED

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