HydroHoist Introduces Air Assist Line of Boat Lifts

October 4th, 2013

HydroHoist Boat Lifts, a division of HydroHoist Marine Group, is proud to introduce the first models in an innovative new series of floating boat lift products – the Landing and the SeaPort.


The Landing and the SeaPort feature new “air-assist” technology. This system is a hybrid design that mates the best features of HydroHoist’s drive on docking platforms with the convenience of its traditional submersible boat lifts.


The units provide for fast loading and launching. The drive-on, drive-off loading and launching makes these units especially user friendly. The hybrid design also sets the standard for shallow water floating boat lifts, with models that require as little as 20″ of water to lift and launch your boat. The stable platform design offers convenient access to your boat. The platforms are very versatile and can be installed in a U-shaped slip, or to the side of a dock or seawall. The new hoists are compatible with fixed or floating boat docks. The control centers are available in a standard AC configuration, or an optional, self-contained, solar charged DC version.


The Landing is available in three ratings, the non-air assist base Landing has a 2,000 pound capacity, the air-assist Landing Ultra has a 3,000 pound capacity, and the Landing Ultra Max has a 3,500 pound  capacity. All of the SeaPort models are air-assist units. The standard SeaPort has a 4,500 pound capacity, the SeaPort Ultra has a 6,000 pound capacity and the SeaPort Ultra Max has a 7,500 pound capacity.


An added bonus is that the SeaPort is completely modular, and the base SeaPort can be upgraded, as boating needs change, to the larger SeaPort Ultra, and the full size SeaPort Ultra Max.


HydroHoist Boat Lifts originated the concept of the floating boat lift in 1964, and the company promises more new products next season. For more information, visit www.BoatLift.com.

Dam2Dam Jet Ski Charity Ride

September 10th, 2013

Lake Norman – The Denver Lake Norman Rotary Club will be hosting its 2nd Annual DAM2DAM Jet Ski Charity Ride on Lake Norman August 24, 2013. Jet Ski enthusiasts are invited to participate in a day on the lake that will raise funds for the Denver Rotary local charities with 50 percent of the money raised going toward East Lincoln Rescue Park.

Riders must register in advance at www.mylkn.com/DAM2DAM. The registration fee for the first rider is $35, the second rider fee is $25. Fees are a tax deductible contribution to the Denver Lake Norman Rotary Club Foundation. Donations are also being accepted on the charity site.

The event begins with a Bojangle’s Biscuit breakfast for riders between 7:30 and 8 am. Riders are expected to be lined up by 8 am at the Beatty’s Ford Park dock in Denver, with the official launch of the ride occurring at 8:15 am.

The brigade of jet skiers will proceed to Cowan’s Ford Dam and then ride to Lookout Shoals Dam, at which time they will head to the island off of Governor’s Island for lunch provided by Village Inn Pizza.

Main event sponsor, Lake Norman Power Sports of Cornelius – www.LakeNormanPowerSports.com – will have a reception tent for participants, as well as maintenance support for riders. “We are proud to support the efforts of the Denver Lake Norman Rotary Foundation in continuing to enhance the quality of life and lake living through the East Lincoln Rescue Park,” said Susan Martin, General Manager at Lake Norman Power Sports. “Having multiple ways to enjoy the Lake Norman area on and off the lake enriches the community while bringing its residents together in fun, safe and productive ways.”

Wireless System Enables Steering from Anywhere Onboard

August 19th, 2013

Having to constantly steer a kicker or wheel for course adjustments while trolling prevents boaters from fully enjoying time on the water. Intellisteer wireless steering packages from Canada Metal (Pacific) put steering control into a handheld pendant.

Intellisteer offers push-button steering at trolling speeds for freedom while fishing or cruising. Designed for do-it-yourself installation, the handheld unit and receiver can be paired in the field from over one million control codes to enhance security. The receiver/motor controller has a motor drive capability up to 25A, overload protection and reverse polarity protection.

The ergonomic, water-resistant, wireless pendant with lanyard offers simple one-handed operation for steering from anywhere aboard. To preserve battery life, it automatically turns off if not used for 30 minutes.

A range of Intellisteer models support a wide variety of steering systems. For boats already fitted with autopilots, the Intellisteer Standalone System provides a simple and cost-effective wireless steering upgrade. It is designed to be wired between a course computer and autopilot drive. When the user provides steering input with the handheld pendant, it overrides the autopilot and activates wireless jog steering control from anywhere onboard. When there is no wireless steering input from the user, control is returned to the autopilot, which then operates normally.

There are also several Intellisteer options for boats which do not have an autopilot, depending on the steering type. The Type R System controls a kicker motor directly. It comes with a remote drive unit, wireless system, and a steering cable. An outboard cable-steering connection kit is required.

The Type S and T Systems fit behind the dash, replacing the existing helm on cable-steered boats that have a dash-mounted wheel. Type S works on straight shaft helms; Type T on those with tilt function. Both incorporate a rotary drive system, and feature an electronic clutch that disengages for manual steering. Each draws 1.25A under normal operation and offers safety override technology.

For boats with hydraulic steering, the Type H System adds push-button control. It features an Octopus hydraulic pump and connects to all popular hydraulic steering systems. Suitable for cylinders up to 10ci, this Intellisteer kit includes the required hydraulic hoses and fittings and typically draws 4-6A. Larger pumps are available for boats with bigger steering cylinders.

Suggested retail prices for Intellisteer wireless steering packages begin at $299 for the Standalone System. Products are supported by a one-year limited warranty on the electronics, and a two-year limited warranty on the drive units. For more information, visit www.canmet.com