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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-17-2016, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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Default I installed a float air jet ski lift for my Spark

I installed a float air lift for my spark. This lift makes it easy for my boys to take out the spark.
They are 12 and 14 and having a blast on our spark this summer.



I bought this lift off Clist for $200. But some of the steel that stays below the water line needed replaced.

I found a surplus metal place down town Greenville. I was able to buy stainless steel 2” square tubing and 1”1/2 inch flat bar and some 3” flat bar all for $1 a pound. All parts cost $75 I ordered some stainless steel mig welding wire for $25. I put my welder back to work.

The metal that rusted out was not stainless steel so this all should last much longer.

A side note these operate with a pretty cool design. They use a whole house vacuum blower motor to blow air into the tank this displaces the water out a hole that is in the bottom of the tank. The air lifts the Jet Ski out of the water. Then when it is time to ride you just turn a valve this lets out the air and let’s water in this sinks the dock. Very simple.




My other drive on lift is an older one and only has a couple rollers. It was too hard for the boys to get it off the lift. The Floatair you just put the Spark into revers and back off the lift.

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For others that have jet ski lifts what lift do you have post a picture of your lift. Do you like it would get it again.

I love the convenience of the lift we use the jet skis more because you just jump on them and go. If I need to work on one I put it on the drive on lift. If I need to inspect the pump I put it on the air lift.
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I have this cantilever lift, came with the house. It had a hand winch that I replaced with an electric one from Harbor Freight. Works OK as long as you center the ski, else it can stick.




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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-21-2016, 01:17 PM
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very cool

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I installed this today, shoredocker ramp
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I installed this today, shoredocker ramp
Nice ramp. That really keeps it out of the water.
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Nice ramp. That really keeps it out of the water.
I like home engineering well done
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Started off with a kit from Homedepot, Shoredocker SD-1200 but the winch included was junk and is being returned. That is why the Sparks is just tied on.
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I made this simple ramp out of lumber I had lying around and a hand winch from harbor freight. I don’t use rollers because I didn’t want to concentrate the weight on a few points on the hull. The runners are covered with carpet like you would see on a trailer. The ramp just rests on the lake bottom; easy to move and easy to dock and undock the ski.
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Love the DIY, sometimes it really comes out cool when someone dreams it up! How far down the water does it go prior to getting out of the water? Looks like with the wheels you can just push it right up there

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