Lift 86: 346' 3-pitch lift, 220’ @ 26°, 63' @ 32°, and 60' @ 36°

Lift 86: 346' 3-pitch lift, 220’ @ 26°, 63' @ 32°, and 60' @ 36°

Model: 4-Person (750-pound capacity)
Track: 346' long, rises over 168’ and runs over 300’
Year: 2018-2019

We started this lift about 3 years ago, working with the owner, Rodco Construction, and the local 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’s an idyllic 4 minute ride over the terrain with a great view of the lake..

This is our longest lift to date and our first 3-pitch lift. The only new procedure was connecting two sections of straight pipe track with a section of curved pipe, otherwise it was 2 2-pitch lifts in a row.

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 wanted 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.

Neighbour’s reported that they went out on the water with the specific intention of looking for the lift and they could not see it.

The top section of track was set with the access platform below already designed. It sits off the corner of the existing deck and the new platform, railings, and self-closing self-latching gate are beautifully integrated into the existing structures. The station gate, not installed at the time of this photo, will be interlocked with the lift for safety. Our Carpenter Ronnie Hunt and his crew built the new deck. Their work is all the new unstained and unweathered cedar.

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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.

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James and Cody are building the top curve between the top and middle pitches.

Looking up the track at the finished top curve and 200’ on to the cottage. The installation hoist is carrying a 20’ section of track to the third pitch. This change in angle is small in degrees but pretty obvious at 20’.

Looking up the track at the finished top curve and 200’ on to the cottage. The installation hoist is carrying a 20’ section of track to the third pitch. This change in angle is small in degrees but pretty obvious at 20’.

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Wyatt, Cody, and James working on the second curve.

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The completed lift rises 168’ over 4 minutes to arrive at the cottage. The lower station has this minimalist platform that will be replaced by a rock.

The button box post is attached to the track so the lift has minimal impact on the existing terrain. There is a gate attached to the button box post that prevents someone at the top from moving the car when people are getting on or off at the bottom.