OUTBOARD MOTOR HOIST - Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Swing-Lift specifications and dimensions?

You can find these details on the specification sheet.

Will the Swing-Lift fit on my yacht?

The Swing-Lift is attached to the transom or deck using two deck-hinges.  The standard Swing-Lift requires an 18 inch spacing for the hinges, while the narrower Slim-Lift requires 16 inches.  Check to see if you have room for this footprint below your outboard motor storage bracket location.  

You will also need to check for interference with other features on the boat such as integrated seats in the pushpit railing.  

Contact us if you're unsure of the fit, and if possible send photos and/or drawings.

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What kind of line do I need to hoist the motor?

A halyard or topping lift is recommended, along with a winch or other device for mechanical advantage.  There should be a clear path from the masthead to the Swing-Lift at all times, though some interference can be tolerated.  

Will my bimini be in the way?

Some bimini's extend over the aft rail and may interfere with the halyard, however this is not necessarily a problem.   Most of the work done by the halyard happens at the lower range of the Swing-Lift motion, when the outboard and the halyard are further aft.   When the Swing-Lift approaches the vertical position you may find that you can cleat the halyard and simply swing the motor and Swing-Lift forward with your hand to complete the operation.   The Swing-Lift is designed to support the weight of the motor in the vertical position without any halyard tension.  Contact us and send a photo of your boat if possible and we will be happy to discuss your particular situation.


Will my outboard motor fit on the Swing-Lift?

The outboard motor needs to be less than 16 inches (40cm) in overall width to fit within the standard Swing-Lift frame.   Most outboards are within this size.  The narrower Slim-Lift model accommodates outboards up to 14 inches (36cm) in overall width.

What's involved in the installation?

The installation requires only the drilling of 4 screw holes in the deck or transom.  Backing plates are not required, as only a shear-force is applied to the fasteners during normal operation.  Self-tapping stainless mounting screws are provided with the product.
For more installations details, download the Installation Instructions.

My yacht has a "reverse" or "sugar scoop" transom - will the motor clear the transom when I lower it into the water?

A key advantage of the Swing-Lift is that it guides the outboard away from the hull of your yacht - about 4 feet when fully lowered.  This works well with just about any transom design, but feel free to contact us if you want to discuss your particular case.

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How easily can I operate the Swing-Lift single-handedly?

You will find that, with a little practice, it is very easy for one person to carry out the entire operation without risk or difficulty.  The Swing-Lift controls the position and orientation of the motor very precisely, even if there is some chop and boat motion.  You can stop and cleat the halyard at any position if you need to make any checks or adjustments.

Can I use the Swing-Lift on a power-boat?

The product was designed with sailboats in mind, but it has also been successfully installed on trawler-style power boats with a block-and-tackle hoist.   Drop us a line if you'd like to discuss details.

How easily can I remove the Swing-Lift for racing etc?

The Swing-Lift is easy to remove by untying the restraining lines and removing the two bolts in the deck hinges, leaving only the hinge mount hardware attached to the boat.