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Harbor Hoist Boat Lift

The Secret To Protecting Your Boat Hull

HarborHoist delivers a hydropneumatic boatlift — the most versatile free-floating lift on the market.

Harbor Hoist Free-Floating Lift

Keeping a boat in a slip offers easy access to launch and go — but there is also a downside: Even in freshwater, your boat needs regular coats of expensive antifouling bottom paint. Beyond marine growth, there's also always a possibility the boat could bash into the dock and damage the topsides.

Traditional boatlifts can help overcome these issues, but they require permanent installation. This is often not possible if you rent a slip at your local marina.

The HarborHoist is a different kind of lift. It's called "hydropneumatic," a fancy way to say that its polyethylene tanks take on water to sink, then pump in air to lift the tanks — and your hull.

Check Out The Harbor Hoist In Action:

The free-floating boatlift can be configured to almost any boat design and hull configuration up to around 25,000 pounds. It’s made from rugged, marine-grade, polyethylene tanks with metal parts made from corrosion-resistant aluminum.

Designed for easy installation, HarborHoist can simply be tied to a dock or placed in a marina slip without requiring permanent alterations. And because there are no physical connections to the dock, the hoist can be towed to a new location, if necessary.

Powered by a 120-volt AC motor, HarborHoist is equipped with a pushbutton controller for easy operation. Nonskid walkways mounted on the tanks offer easy access in both the up and down position and allow for easy and safe loading and unloading of passengers and routine maintenance of the hull’s topsides.

Because the boat remains clear of the water when not in use, the hull stays dry, limiting osmotic hull blistering and making antifouling application a thing of the past for many owners. An additional benefit: The lift eliminates stray current and galvanic corrosion, protecting below-waterline metals.

The cost of the HarborHoist depends on the size, shape and weight of the boat. Visit for more information and technical specs.

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Mark Corke

Contributing Editor, BoatUS Magazine

A marine surveyor and holder of RYA Yachtmaster Ocean certification, BoatUS Magazine contributing editor Mark Corke is one of our DIY gurus, creating easy-to-follow how-to articles and videos. Mark has built five boats himself (both power and sail), has been an experienced editor at several top boating magazines (including former associate editor of BoatUS Magazine), worked for the BBC, written four DIY books, skippered two round-the-world yachts, and holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest there-and-back crossing of the English Channel — in a kayak! He and his wife have a Grand Banks 32.