in North Carolina. His facility is located along
the Intracoastal Waterway in a town that is
a safe haven from the ocean, giving Steve
the opportunity to talk to many hundreds
of cruisers passing through Southport. “The
key to happiness is ease of use,” Steve said.
“Boaters want to push a button and just go.”
Hydraulic and electric platforms with
cradles have really come into their own in
the last decade, especially with electronic
controls and refined engineering. The con-
cept of a lifting swim platform or cradle really
resonates with powerboat owners no longer
wanting traditional block-and-tackle systems.
These hydraulic lifts can handle much greater
weight, and you can opt for some form of
sport boat instead of a traditional inflatable
dinghy, while retaining easy launch and
retrieve capability using a remote. As you
might imagine, installing a lifting swim plat-
form is best done during construction. One
can be added as an aftermarket project, but
it depends on the boat. That is perhaps why
more builders offer a lifting swim platform
as an option on a new boat when access is
best before steering, exhaust, and machinery
systems go in.
If the cost of a lifting platform is beyond
reach, or it can’t easily be retrofitted to
an existing boat, a lifting crane may be an
option, using hydraulic, electric, pneumatic,
or manual power. A standpipe is installed in
the boat, firmly attached to the hull and deck
structure, and a telescoping crane fits into
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St. Croix Marine Products www.davit.com
Kato Marine www.katomarine.com
Hurley Marine www.hurleymarine.com
Trick Davit www.trickdavit.com
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Olsson Mfg. www.boatdavit.com
LaConner Maritime Service
Sea Wise Marine www.davitsystem.com it. The crane lifts the dinghy off its cradle,
and the boom swings out over the side of
the boat to lower the dinghy into the water.
Lifting cranes used to be seen only on very
large yachts, but now they can be found on
boats under 40 feet.
Bill and Laurene Parlatore founded PassageMaker
magazine, and are enjoying Chesapeake Bay cruising on their new 25-foot day cruiser, Blue Angel.
Lifting cranes can help you store your
dinghy up on the flybridge or hardtop
out of the way, reducing the chance of
theft or damage, but usually require
significant structural reinforcement
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