Lift 86: 360' 3-pitch lift @ 26°, ~30°, & ~45°, It's still under construction.

Lift 86: 360' 3-pitch lift, the top section is @ 26°

Model: 4-Person (750-pound capacity)
Track: 360' long with ~200’ at 26°, ~100’ at ~35°, and ~60’ at ~45°
Year: 2018-2019

We started this lift about 3 years ago, working with the owner, Rodco Construction, and the municipality to get a minor variance.

Without the lift, getting to the water involved a scary 15 minute drive in a 4 x 4 vehicle on a steep, rough track. With the lift it will an idyllic 5 minute ride over the terrain..

When complete this will be our longest lift to date and our first 3-pitch lift. We had to stop work on 9 November when the first snow arrived. It’s not safe to work on a snowy hill

To set the track line the owner and I went for a boat ride and I took a compass reading of the line connecting the cottage to the dock they want to reach. Then I followed that compass line from the cottage down the hill to  come out at the dock. We were really fortunate, that line was a great track line, only a few small trees needed falling. We opted for building the track with 3-pitches to keep the track nearer the ground. Building a 3 pitch lift is just like building 2 2-pitch lifts on the same line.


The top section of track was set so the lift entrance will be just off the corner of the existing deck, a perfect, out-of-the-way yet right-there location. Rodco Construction will integrate the new access platform, railings, and self-closing self-latching gate into the existing structures. The gate will be interlocked with the lift for safety.


Two views of the track running down the hill. The machine on the track is the installation hoist which we’ll use to carry 20’ sections of track down the hill to the end of the track.