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Old 06-05-2016, 11:01 PM   #1
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New Tender Lift and Stern Thruster

I wanted to post some pictures of just finished project of adding a new tender lift, stern thruster and swim platform. Did the work at CSR Marine Ballard yard.

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Old 06-06-2016, 12:08 AM   #2
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Nice! Looks like a new boat back there. Keep at it!
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Old 06-06-2016, 12:13 AM   #3
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Very well done! Now of course, you have no excuse when docking....
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Thanks for the nice comments. Totally agree no excuses for anything but a perfect landing. We have had her for more than 17 years and it only takes a few new toys to make her feel like a new boat to us.
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That's a very interesting project. Could you post details of the lifting gear (model/brand/source etc)?
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Old 06-06-2016, 09:31 AM   #6
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The lift is from a company Freedom Lift. We have had a number of different tender solutions over the years (weaver, lifting davits and a winch/tow cable) and really looked at a lot of solutions out their (and talked with owners of them) and the Freedom Lift was a hands down winner.

Beyond design and function the main selling points for me was that they were a marine design team that know the correct materials and loads that must be part of the design (many others just seemed to be playing with design concepts without real world marine expertise) and secondly that they stood behind their product and provided real owners we could talk with about long term experience. Additionally we got good feedback from a few of the yards we spoke with for the installation. I would not recommend this as a DIY project unless you have marine architectural experience (there is a lot of load on the transom).

They only make a single product but they customize the build based on your boat/tender (mostly based on transom angle/height and weight of tender). Our model was the 4485 HD Gen 3. They are really helpful and took the time to work with me and the yard (CSR) to plan out the installation. I had it shipped to the yard and they then did some reinforcement of the transom and angled tabs for mounting.

Pretty awesome to pull up in the tender, get out stably on the swim step and push a remote to lift the tender into place, secure and be underway.

The lift is not cheap, about $25K (we negotiated some discounts to about $20K) and the install was easily another $10-15K (some of the work was part of the stern thruster and swim platform fiberglass work)

Anyway, more info than you probably wanted but if you choose this approach hit me up for some other lessons and tricks we learned through the process. Here is one of the owners contact info for Freedom Lift:

Robert C. Zwiers | Partner
927 Alpine Commerce Park NW STE 800 | Grand Rapids MI 49544-8231

Direct 616.784.8759 or 866.543.8669
Cell 616.560.8145 | Fax 616.784.0349
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That's some serious hardware!
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Wow! A super addition to your boat.

I have a 44 C & L, so a close cousin. One further improvement that I did was to move the lower transom step so that it is outboard of the upper step. Huge improvement to access when the dinghy is on the davits. I also extended my original swimgrid, made it far more useful. I can't tell how deep yours is from your photos, but if you remove the old davit supports you may already have enough room.
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I have been interested in these since seeing a big Carver with one last year up in B.C. So it adds some LOA to the boat. Maybe takes a "bit" out of the lines of the boat? But what utility! Getting in/out of the dinghy will be a challenge for my wife. This seems like a huge amount of comfort factor.

Love to have one of these "remotes" on my boat too!
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You're gonna need a bigger boat! Just kidding. That is a very nice looking setup and a nice install job.
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Have friends with an Eastbay 38 who installed a Freedom Lift. They like it. But they do caution that they are experiencing some corrosion issues.
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Concur on the corrosion. When we bought our boat it had a Freedom lift. Great lift for sure but ours was severely corroded. Need to have zincs inspected monthly and make sure that you do not have any dissimilar metals touching each other. Inspection and maintenance is the key. Of course that is true with anything on the boat. Even with the severe corrosion it worked great but needed to be replaced.
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Yea, that was the feedback we received as well. Basically stay on top of any corrosion to maintain the lift and have the hydraulic on your service schedule. We were recommended by the company to use an aluminum anti-foul paint and the yard installed some extra zincs. Other than our cruising we are moored in fresh water of lake Union and our marina has historically been pretty cool with any ungrounded charges in the water. I will post an update after the year cruising on wear and corrosion experience.
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