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    home made lift, anyone else do it?

    ive been working on a lift and finally finished it today. its just for the rest of this season but i got a new ski and i dont wanna let it sit in the water like my dad did with my old ones. heres some pitures. anybody do anything similar. and please dont tell me to use the search bar, im sure there are many other threads i just wanna see if anyone has any tips or comments for my build. or a build of their own.

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    I like it does it go in the water or ?

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    yeah i plan to float it somewhere off one of our dock fingers. problem is the only place i got the okay for so far is way more shallow than my liking. i dont know how well it floats yet but it will be trial and error this weekend. i can always add floats

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    Quote Originally Posted by ari543 View Post
    yeah i plan to float it somewhere off one of our dock fingers. problem is the only place i got the okay for so far is way more shallow than my liking. i dont know how well it floats yet but it will be trial and error this weekend. i can always add floats
    Are you planning to just power the ski onto the carpeted bunk boards?

    I would be worrying about the point loading of the hull when it just reaches the pivot point. The entire weight of the hull and rider plus jet pump thrust will be on the two spots where the hull meets the angled corners of the bunk boards. That might be too much pressure for the hull material and lead to cracking.

    Perhaps some carpet lubricant like Liquid Rollers (Marikate) would reduce friction and let the hull slide on easier.

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    yeah i don't know how it will sit in the water so i'm not sure if i'm going to power it on or tie a rope on the front and just pull it up. it all depends about how it floats and where the contact points are. where ever i decide to put it there will be dock behind it so i can just pull it on. its not going to be my permanent lift so.

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    Are there jugs under there or is the main frame filled with foam? The bunks look too far apart but may just look that way in the pictures.

    May be interesting when putting one on with the other side empty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sea-Donkey View Post

    May be interesting when putting one on with the other side empty.
    That's what I'm thinking. It needs some sort of counter balance or outrigger or something.

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    i would be worried about tearing up the bottom of the skis...Way to many points to damaging the glass for my liking,even though it is covered......still good potential for messing up the bottom of the skis...

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    the bunks can be moved pretty easily. the only ski i had around while i put in together was the waaverunner 3 which is a flat bottom and i know it will fit. its a temp thing for this year i'm just trying out. i didn't think of using jugs in there, i might try that depending on how it floats. my main plan was to just pull them on and not try and drive them on.

    i will probably try to add some sort of outrigger or something to keep it stable with one ski on there.
    it was all made with stuff i had around so i'm not sure how well it will work.

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    You're going to need additional support in order for it to float.


    It's science. You need to displace more space than the weight of the ski. That amount of wood will not accomplish that.



    Not to mention the loading of one ski will cause it to be very oddly balanced. Let us know how it goes!

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