Best Kept Secret.

Work on “Leisure Boat Lift.” Often referred to as the most enviable position in qualified trades. A good job, in  industry. Good in  the commercial trade world.  Many times comments within ear shot proclaim, “wow what an excellent job” and “what cool stuff!” Nice to hear of course. A form of compliment, and admiration. Any work on the the lake is enviable. Right? More on hard work and inclimate weather, in posts to come.

Truth be known. Every job has its ‘story,’ so here is a partial post of what is behind the scenes today, to bring light on the subject of Leisure Boat Lift.

Start off with owning a boat and having access to lake front property and a dock. Yes this is how Leisure Boat Lift started. Work at a 1980 established welding business, with the 1977 16 ft. runabout tied to the dock, and be notified mid way through the day, the boat has sunk. Word has it, the wind has come up big time and the waves have filled the boat which is hitting the lake bottom and careening the bow under the wharf deck.

This happens twice in one month and damage is getting expensive. What to do? Okay, get the boat out of the water every time you use it. Oh boy, that would really be a pleasure. Jockey for position at the boat launch? Not pleasant.  So how about lifting the boat clear of the water after using the boat, each time? Bet there is some lifters for sale at the dealers, in the middle of British Columbia, somewhere. Well a quick 500 mile trip around to each of the retail boat sales establishments rendered a count of 19 lifters sold in 6 months. Figures from a list compilation including 24 businesses and only 6 of them knew any thing much about “Shore Stations.” Time goes on, friends with information suggesting to do this and that, finally getting a glimpse of the Trojan Hoist for car and truck. Now we have some thing for an idea! https://leisureboatlift1dnr.wordpress.com/2011/01/13/the-spark/

With a full machine shop facility, the wheels begin to turn. Metal is acquired, cut and formed. Sparks fly and spray gun flailed, voila. Something that sort of looks like it might just lift a boat while securely adjusted on a lake bottom, beside a dock. Interestingly, again friendly input such as ‘ you know what you should do’ gives momentum to the project in more ways than one.

High Flying LBL 1988 Courtesy Morning Star <<<Click on

       It doesn’t take long for the local businesses to become involved, unselfishly at their own time expense, encouraging research and development. Eventually after a number of lifting failures, unscathed at least, Leisure Boat Lift takes off, literally for the last time by air. It becomes a viable product to fabricate, handle and market. In the least, locally with in the realm of lakes affording lake front luxury.

       So who would like to buy a Leisure Boat Lift? Everybody of coarse. Even people without boats had a good mind to own a Leisure  Boat Lift, just as soon as they could see how well the Lifters stand the test of time. That shouldn’t be so hard. Just build a whole bunch and install them in the neighbours’ lake front for free and wait about 5 years. Well you certainly don’t go far on ‘wait and see.’ Found that out right o’ way. Back to work, specialty welding, pretty much anything. Enjoyed endless summers with the old http://www.campionboats.com/ 16 ft. model, safe and sound. Friends and neighbours the only great ambassadors for Leisure Boat Lift. A year or two or three later, slowly but surely inquiries turned into sales and support.

Four Things Older Now 2011 Courtesy of DNRLBL

This excerpt1, is basic Leisure Boat Lift history. Posting with regard to the time between 1985 and 1989.

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