Our Tilt-Up PWC Rails load your PWC "parallel" to the host boat. All the weight of the PWC is leveraged (cantilevered) out beyond the end of the swim platform. They are designed for relatively large aluminum-hull houseboats (50 feet or longer) with welded-on swim platforms that can support that significant amount of down-force.
But if you have a cruiser or smaller houseboat, or your swim deck is bolted-on or molded fiberglass, it might not support that much cantilevered weight, and it will “squat” those boats down into the water quite a bit. They just don’t have enough floatation to support that kind of leveraged weight.
If you own a fiberglass boat, or a smaller houseboat, or any boat with a bolted-on platform, we provide two “Cross-Deck” models. They are designed to hold your PWC "perpendicular" to your host boat on the back edge of your swim platform. If your swim platform can support the actual (unleveraged) weight of your PWC, one of these options can work for you. Depending on the weight of your PWC, it might affect the level of your boat and its cruising ability. But that won't matter if you only want to have a great way of loading and storing your PWC when you aren't using your boat and saving the cost and hassle of trailering or storing it. When you are on the boat, you can unload your PWC so your boat levels out.
These lift systems were originally designed for inflatable dinghies that might weigh 150 pounds with an engine. It is a VERY economical way to pull a dinghy up onto the cradle by hand compared to the hydraulic-lift systems that cost over $30,000. We have beefed them up to handle up to 1,000 pounds which includes modern 3-seater PWC’s.
The Cross-Deck models include two pivoting cradle arms made of rugged marine board which will not harm your PWC or dinghy hull. They are hinged in aluminum pivot-brackets with stainless steel bolts and nuts. With a rope or strap clipped to each end of your PWC, you pull it up onto the cradle arms which level out as your PWC slides up and self-centers on the arms. One person can do this by hand with smaller and lighter PWC’s or dinghies. Heavier PWC’s are discussed further down this page.
This YouTube video shows how one person can do it with a SeaDoo Spark. Obviously, it is even easier with 2 people. He has added a hand-crank winch to pull up the rear.
Models and Cost
There are two model.: The “Under-Mount Model ” is shown in the video and the photos below. Its advantage is that the support mechanism and cradle arms are completely out of the way when not being used so you have the full use of your smooth swim deck...nothing to stub your toes on. As you can see in the close-up photo, the arms and pivot mechanism is heavy-duty machined aluminum. The cradle arms are durable marine board.
The Under-Mount System costs $1600 plus shipping (40 pounds).
The first photo shows the Under-Mount Model as it would hang in the water when not being used. Of course, you cannot operate your boat with the arms down.
The “Top-Mount Model ” connects to Weaver brackets that are permanently bolted to the top of your swim deck. The pivot mechanism is heavy-duty machined aluminum. As you can see in the first picture, when not in use, the marine board cradle arms tilt vertically when not in use, so most of your deck is clear and usable.
The Top-Mount Model costs $900 plus shipping (20 pounds)
Both models can be mounted without removing your boat from the water. Of course, you have to be able to access the underside of your swim platform to attach the washers and nuts. If you are comfortable with a hand-drill and hand tools, you can install them yourself. If not, one of your boating friends can probably help, or one of the marina employees would be glad to do it after hours for few dollars. You can read the full Under-Mount Instructions here. We do not include or arrange installation.
If you can’t pull your PWC up by hand, you will need to add some mechanical advantage. This can done for less than $30 with a variety of options. (These links will open in a separate browser window)
A modest marine grade 12-volt push-button winch for loading heavier PWC’s such as we use for our Tilt-Up Rail Systems. Our 12-volt marine-grade winches normally cost $320 but we are discounting them if ordered in March
for $150. The synthetic rope is an additional $25, but well worth it compared to the standard steel cable which is very hard to handle.
This photo shows a hand-crank winch (circled) that one of our customers mounted to a pipe that slips in and out of a fishing pole receiver on the floor.
While the above example is on a pole that the customer made, there are several options that don't require a permanent attachment. There are far too many boat styles and shapes for us to make a mounting kit that would fit all of them. But we will gladly help you figure out the best way to connect a mechanical aid for pulling up your PWC. Most customers want to use a method that can easily be removed and stowed out of the way. The illustration below shows a way you can connect a variety of leverage devices without needing to mount anything permanently. It helps if the winch or come-along is as high as possible so it is pulling your PWC "up" rather than just dragging it against the cradle arms. So if you use a method like this, you might want to place something under the winch to raise it up. This can be a pole, an ice chest, a tool box, or anything that raises it a couple of feet. Or, you could run a tight line between the rear cleats that would be across the rear of your boat, just in front of your swim deck, and connect the puller to it. You are only pulling your PWC about 2 feet to get it up onto the cradles, so you don't need a lot of room.
If you want to use a 12-volt winch, you don't need to permanently run wiring to your battery. You can connect it to your battery with jumper-cable clamps, or use a small rechargeable jumper box so you don’t even have to access your engine battery.
You are responsible for devising a way to connect leverage pullers or winches to your boat. If you are concerned about your swim deck's strength and ability to support your PWC, click here to see a simple way to strengthen it.
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Which model you want to purchase….the Under-Mount for $1600 or the Top-Mount for $900
Do you want to purchase one of our 2500 pound marine-grade Falcon 12-volt winches and synthetic rope? The winches are normally $320, but we have them on special if purchased in
March for $150. The synthetic rope is an additional $25.
How would you like to pay for it? It can be Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or PayPal for an additional 3%. Or we can invoice you and you can pay by check.
I will reply with the shipping cost and order form for you to sign and fax or email back along with your payment details.
If you have any other questions about our PWC Rails or the Cross-Deck Systems, please don’t hesitate to ask. You can call me directly at 937-985-5863 (Eastern USA), or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.