Storing Pontoon From Garage Ceiling

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  1. Jack Murphy

    Jack Murphy Member

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    Here is my install. I used the $24 bike pulley system from Lowes. Also used a 2X6 with 6 lag screws to mount to trusses.

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    The directions for the system says maximum weight is 50 lbs. My pontoon weighs around 70 lbs. To make sure it would hold the pontoon I did a pull up on a bike I hung from it and it held fine. (30 lb bike plus 250 lb me)
     
  2. Jerry Daschofsky

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    Very nice system. I never did the pulley system. I had a hook system on the ceiling and simply lifted boat up and slid into the hooks. If I still had that house, I'd show it. But with my garage now, can't hang anymore (I park in my garage now lol). I had my 16' and 10' catarafts on the ceiling and my driftboat under them. Plus, my truck never fit into the garage, was too long. But my wife (then girlfriend) could park under the 10' on the ceiling.

    I helped a friend design one similar to yours, but we used heavier marine grade pulleys, and made a hook system on the end of the ropes. Then used a small electric garage door opener to hoist it up. Was a pretty cool system actually. No wear and tear on his body, and it slowly lifted and lowered his boat for him. Mounted the track to the ceiling and the lines hooked into the garage door track (was independant of his other door opener)
     
  3. Wayne Kohan

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    That is the exact system I have been using for the past couple years, though my pulleys say they can hold 80 pounds. I find it works well, and the boat has not landed on my car yet......

    After a while, the pontoons begin to sag, especially in the winter which prompts my wife's comments about viagra.....


    Wayne
     
  4. Steve Birrer

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    Just got a new Fishcat 9' Panther and am going to mount the same kind of system. Thinking about the Lowes device, but Wayne where did you get one rated for 80#?

    Thanks,

    Steve
     
  5. Jack Murphy

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    Look online as I could not find the 80lb model in any store.

    I did use the 50lb model because I already had one in my garage holding up a bike. The 50 lb model really did hold my weight plus the bike so I wonder if you need the 80lb model unless you have a REALLY heavy pontoon.
     
  6. Steve Birrer

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    Jack, the boat (Fish Cat 9' Panther) weighs 75# so really just a tad heavier than yours. Sounds like you are fine with the one from Lowes. Certainly a lot simpler to just run down the street (less than a mile for me). Just don't want the thing to come tumbling down on my wifes jeep or my sons car.

    My truck would be safely out of the way.:rofl:
     
  7. Wayne Kohan

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    I got mine at Sportsman's. A friend just bought some from Joes. I think they were for 75# and cost about $25 as they were on sale.

    wayne
     
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    I got mine at Costco.
    Racor Bike Hoist
    Stores Bikes Safely on the Ceiling

    $14.99
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    Two Racor bike hoists from ebay, 19.99 total.... Great idea, thanks Jack.

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