Lift 15: An Island Lift That Makes a Steep Incline and Island Living Easy

Model: 4-Person
Track: 52' at 57°
Year: 2008

This spectacular lift runs at a steep 57-degree angle. The owner's needed it to continue living on their island property as all necessities had to be carried up a steep path and a steep set of stairs.

At the top station, the car floor is about 15 feet off the ground. It aligns with an interlocked access gate through the main deck railing. At the lower end, it floats about eight inches off the main dock. In between, the lift car glides underneath the boathouse deck.

Even though the lift is at the water's edge it's hard to see from the water.

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The view from the cottage deck is spectacular. The owner's used to sit in the car for their evening "sundowner" as it was the best seat in the house. The gate is interlocked with the lift, it only unlocks when the car is in the station and the car can’t move unless the gate is closed and latched. 

The car floor hovers 8" over the dock when stopped in the lower station.

This lift has been improved since installation. In 2009, we replaced the original lift control system with our new programmable logic controller (PLC) system so that we could add an intermediate station to access the extended bathhouse sun deck. This deck was not there when we built the lift.

We also upgraded the winch system to a 10" drum with a 3 hpo variable speed motor.

Here's what the delighted owners said:

“During the past 10 years we have made many changes to our cottage (an ongoing labour of love) and one of the best things we have done is install the lift. It makes life on the island so much easier. We are pleased with all aspects of our lift and commend you on an entirely excellent job. The only mistake we made was not putting the lift in years ago.”