Boat Lift Question

Hello All! I am going to be buying a Flying Scot this fall. I am planning on keeping it on a boat lift. I was wondering how wide I should build the lift to allow for easy access and and for planks to walk on while covering. For those of you with lifts, what do you think the ideal distance would be between pilings? Any other suggestions would be welcome also! Thanks! Peter Dubé Vero Beach, FL

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Not sure about ideal, but my lift is in a 9 1/2 foot slip and th

Not sure about ideal, but my lift is in a 9 1/2 foot slip and this works well for me. By the way, my lift keeps the boat fairly level. Is there any disadvantage if I alter the bunks so that the boat would sit high in the bow so that rainwater that penetrates the cover would drain out the cockpit? Monroe Lake Norman, NC

Peter, let me contact my friends Michael & Greta Mittman in Dall

Peter, let me contact my friends Michael & Greta Mittman in Dallas. They are in the davit (lift) building business at White Rock Lake and may be able to offer you some advice on building yours. I would definitely build in some slope to allow for drainage, as no cover system will completely prevent water from getting into the boat. Bob New FS 5143 Merritt Island Florida Fleet Captain Fleet 179

Thanks Monroe and Bob! Monroe, I had looked up your telephone n

Thanks Monroe and Bob! Monroe, I had looked up your telephone number a couple of months ago to call you as it seemed as though you are doing the same type of sailing that I would be and you keep the boat on a lift too. Peter Dubé

Here in Dallas we only use slips with davits (lift).

Here in Dallas we only use slips with davits (lift). The lake we are on is constant level, varying only 2' to 3' the entire year. The slips are usually 20' to 24' long to allow room for a shelf and rigging for the manual lift system itself, built on six pilings (two forward, two middle, two aft). For a Flying Scot the davit width should be at minimum 7' 3" inside measure with rigging attached (NOT piling to piling). Maximum inside width dimension is 8' (too wide and it's cumbersome to put on a boat cover, etc.). The davit (lift system) is a simple reliable device made of an axle with a large five foot wheel, and a 2:1 cable arrangement attached to a frame cradle, on which the Flying Scot is lifted. For you in Florida, length of the pilings on which you build everything may require taking tide in to consideration. Also material quality will be important depending on the type of water in whcih you are going to building. Go to our club's website at http://www.cscsailing.org then click on "Harbor Cam" on the left side. You'll see a live view of some davits near the CSC clubhouse. -Michael ==============================================
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[i]Originally posted by PCDube[/i] [br]Hello All! I am going to be buying a Flying Scot this fall. I am planning on keeping it on a boat lift. I was wondering how wide I should build the lift to allow for easy access and and for planks to walk on while covering. For those of you with lifts, what do you think the ideal distance would be between pilings? Any other suggestions would be welcome also! Thanks! Peter Dubé Vero Beach, FL
Michael Mittman FS# 5804, Fleet 23 Corinthian Sailing Club White Rock Lake Dallas, TX

Michael Mittman

FS 5804, Fleet 23

Corinthian Sailing Club

White Rock Lake, Dallas, TX, USA