Lift 54: An Island Lift That Kept Island Living Feasible.

Model: 4-Person (750-pound capacity)
Track: 100' at 37°
Year: 2013


For many years, these island cottagers used an ATV to access the water. But the steep path and hairpin turns were limiting their cottage life. They decided it was time for a better solution.

The lift we created is hidden behind the boathouse so it doesn’t interfere with the flow of life by the lake. Even the lower button box is built into a boathouse post and is all but hidden. A specially programmed “Park”button automatically moves the car up and out of the way of a much-used path at the lower end and hides the car down the track at the upper end.

The owners opted for unfinished cedar in horizontal panels (versus our regular vertical style) that will weather attractively with the rest of the cottage.

“I can’t tell you how much we LOVED car 54 when we packed up and left [for the winter]. The timing of having it available for [the roofing] crew to do the roof was perfect. It has been absolutely the best thing we ever did.”