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From the minute you put in your order for a new PWC boat lift, you’ve likely been excitedly anticipating the hot sun on your back as you effortlessly park your watercraft on your lift and head inside for a quick snack before getting back to the lake. This is probably especially true if you haven’t had a chance to use your new lift since winter rolled in.

When the warmer weather returns and you’re itching to hit the water again, here’s what you’ll need to know about your new PWC dock lift.

Boat Lift Safety First. Always!

Before you get started, it’s important to practice safety every time you head onto the lake. Not only does this keep you safe, but it’ll keep your PWC passengers and other lake users safe too.

  • Familiarize yourself with your operator’s manual. Once you’ve read through it in its entirety, you’ll be much more prepared to use your new boat lift system.
  • Keep an eye out for obstructions, both on your dock and in the water. If you lower your watercraft onto something in the water, you could damage your vessel or your Shoreline lift. Or you could trip on something on the dock and end up head-first in the water. Either scenario can be hazardous.
  • If your boat is tied down with mooring lines, make sure those are removed before lifting or lowering your boat on your lift.
  • Make sure there isn’t anyone swimming near your lift.
  • We recommend always watching your boat while lowering and lifting. Keep a close eye on its position to make sure it doesn’t shift while on the PWC boat lift.
  • Stay clear of the boat during operation. A boat in motion can cause injuries.
  • Never operate the lift system or boat while under the influence of mind-altering drugs or alcohol.
Take care of your own safety when installing or operating your PWC lift - Shoreline Insights

Shoreline Lift Features

Our PWC lifts are our most popular, and we had the opportunity to install about 50 of these lifts last summer alone.

West Kelowna PWC Lifts on dock built by Shoreline Pile Driving

Here’s why PWC lifts are so popular:

  • Simple design
  • Top-deck mounted
  • Low maintenance
  • Easy to use
  • Powder-coated steel
  • Stainless steel fasteners
  • Heavy-duty steel cables
  • Capacity: 1,680 lbs
  • Power requirement: 115V

Operating Your New Lift

Here’s a quick overview of how to work your new Shoreline PWC lift:

  • To lower the cradle: Push and hold down the down button. The cradle will lower automatically. Once it’s about 6 inches under the water, release the button.
  • Loading your watercraft: With the cradle down, float your watercraft onto the cradle until the weight is centred. It’s important not to drive your watercraft onto the lift as this could cause the back pile support to shift.
  • To raise the cradle: Once the watercraft is properly positioned on the cradle, press the up button until the cradle has come to a stop at the top of the mast. You can also stop this sooner than that, if necessary. Be sure to release the button when the cradle has reached the top and has stopped.
Personal Watercraft Lifts on Lake Okanagan built and maintained by Shoreline Pile Driving

Basic Troubleshooting Tips

  • Lift not moving up or down? Check the power supply.
  • Motor is not making a sound, but the lift still has power? Limit switch has likely been triggered or jammed. It’s probably time to call Shoreline for repair.
  • Cradle not coming up right away or too much cable has been let out? Use a glove to put some tension on the cable and push the up button. It’s important to note that not putting tension on the cable could cause the cable to become tangled on the spool and cause damage to the cables.
  • Cradle coming up with the down button pushed and the cable has been maxed out to end of the mast? The motor starts winding back up but in reverse, so you’ll need to release the button and press the up button. This should reverse the motor and cable, allowing the cradle to come back down. If you continue to hold the down button, it will start to come up and won’t stop at the top of the mast. This will cause the cradle to run into the mast and break the limit switch.
  • Chugging/ sticking of cradle inside mast? If the weight of your watercraft isn’t evenly dispersed over the cradle, it can cause the cradle and sheaves to bind and catch in the mast. Re-position your watercraft on the cradle, and the issue should resolve itself.
  • Lift appears to be leaning to one side? The PWC mast support may have shifted, and you’ll need to reach out for a repair.

As boat lift experts, we’ve spent a lifetime mastering our craft. From monitoring Okanagan Lake water levels daily to serving our community with pride, every job we perform is held to the highest standard. We approach every task with our highest level of craftmanship. We leverage our decades of experience for our clients’ best interests, and we always provide our clients with the professionalism they deserve and expect.