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mondofromredondo 07-01-2013 07:24 AM

outboard crane on a PSC 34
Good morning all.

As all boats are a little different I am interested in purchasing an outboard motor lift for my Pacific Seacraft 34.
I want to be able to lift my 10 hp off the rail and drop down onto my dinghy.

Any PSC 34 owners have one of these to comment on?

I've looked at Kato Marine, Garhauer, Nova Lift and the St. Croix which all look to be good products. Just not sure if any of these will be more ideal than the other for my application. Perhaps one is better than the other in instances where I will be single handed.
The PSC obviously has the Teak caprail as well as the safety line stantions which I believe will be my mounting points (I believe). The removable option for stowage would of course be an added benny.

Also as I'm not down on the boat I'm wondering if any PSC owners know the diameter of the safety rails. I'm thinking 1 inch but just don't know.


S/V Charity Rose

34crealock 07-01-2013 08:29 AM

Re: outboard crane on a PSC 34
Sailak's comment on his head rebuild has boat pix and shows his PSC with an outboard
Crane hung on the wind generator mast. I plan to build a similar one for my PSC 34.

sailak 07-01-2013 11:09 AM

Re: outboard crane on a PSC 34
I had a Novalift on my other boat. Worked well, easy to install (on that boat), and was "sleek" since it has the single price attached to the rail. I did modify it and added a fiddle block to give me more advantage lifting my Tohatsu 10 horse. Some friends use on to handle their 2-stroke 15 hp Mercury. They run the line to a nearby winch.

Current boat has a Garhauer. More robust and has a 6 to1 block with built in cam cleat. The Garhauer has a bit more reach than the Novalift. I find the Garhauer easier/safer to use due to the drag of the blocks and the cam cleat. The Admiral is able to hoist with the Garhauer much easier than the Novalift. I normally singlehanded the Garhauer to remove the motor from the dink, not so easy with the Novalift.

I prefer the looks of the Novalift, but the Garhauer is easier to use singlehanded.

mondofromredondo 07-01-2013 12:00 PM

Re: outboard crane on a PSC 34
Thanks guys !
This was exactly the kind of feedback I needed.
Ease of use for the Admiral is really what it comes down to.
The Garhauer is clearly less expensive from my initial inquiry.

Thanks again !

sailak 07-01-2013 12:24 PM

Re: outboard crane on a PSC 34
Tried to post a pic here but lost the wrestling match with the iPad so here is a link to a gallery with a couple pics of my crane on the wind Ginny mast.

mondofromredondo 07-01-2013 12:54 PM

Re: outboard crane on a PSC 34
Thanks Dale,
I actually had already looked at your Link.
Looks like you've been to some pretty serious locales with your PSC.
The crane looks to be a good design. I just noticed it appears you leave the crane attatched to the kicker. Seems like a good place to keep everything from swinging around.

Thanks again !

svjobeth 07-04-2013 05:10 PM

Re: outboard crane on a PSC 34
I don't have any pics of our crane aboard Jo Beth, but I believe it's a Novalift. Like Sail AK, we added a fiddle block to improve the purchase. It works great for our little Mercury 5hp, and also worked for a few other little jobs. It's been a great thing to have.

P.S. Don't look at our blog's a year and a half out of date. :( I'll get it caught up soon!

CapnChuck 07-05-2013 06:35 PM

Re: outboard crane on a PSC 34
Here is the install of our St. Croix. We have been using it extensively for several months now and it has proven it's worth, The Trawler Beach House: Our New Outboard Lift and Back Saver . Chuck

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