Remote Control Boat Lift Owner and Operating Manual

Remote Control Boat Lift Owner and Operating Manual
Your system is designed with a 3-way switch.
This switch enables you to control your lift
without the remote transmitter, if needed.
1. Move the switch to the left to lower the lift.
When the lift lowers to the desired height,
move the switch back to the remote (middle)
position to stop the lift.
2. Move the switch to the right to raise the lift. When the lift rises to the desired height,
move the switch back to the remote (middle) position to stop the lift.
The switch must remain in the remote (middle) position when the lift is not in use or
when using the remote transmitter.
Remote Control Boat Lift
Owner and Operating
Please read this manual thoroughly before operating your remote
control boat lift system.
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The handles on your control unit are an added safety feature that allows you to shut
your supply valves coming from the unit. These handles are to be in the open position
during use and should be closed when the lift will not be used for an extended period of
With the proper care, your remote system will offer years of trouble free service. The
following recommendations will help ensure the longevity of your remote system.
It is not necessary to unplug the system when left unattended. False triggering from
another remote device is not likely. However, during the winter or when you will be
away for an extended period of time, it is a good idea to unplug your system. This will
help prevent damage from lightning or other unforeseen conditions.
The boat lift control unit is equipped with a built-in safety GFCI to help protect from
voltage fluctuations that are common on many boat docks, especially community docks.
Occasionally the system might receive a large enough voltage fluctuation to trip this
safety GFCI. If this happens, the system will not respond to the remote transmitter and
the GFCI will need to be reset.
Remote Transmitters
Your remote transmitter is watertight but will not float. Caution should be used around
the water. If a remote falls in the water or is splashed, do not press the buttons. If the
remote has been underwater for more than 30 minutes, open the case and let the
circuit board dry. If the battery becomes wet, replace it. If the range of the remote
becomes weak or the LED fails to light up, replace the battery. The remote uses a 12 volt
DC battery, model number 23A, which may be found in most stores that sell consumer
Hold the remote in your hand and twist the
keychain portion to help pry the remote halves
apart. Take great care to ensure that the membrane
is put back into the channel over the lower half. This
creates a watertight seal.
When raising the lift without a boat on it, allow the tanks to just break the surface then
shut off the lift. This will remove stress both from your dock and the lift, and minimize
the time it takes your lift to drop when you return.
When lowering your lift be sure to allow your exhaust valve to open and close fully. If
the lower function is double tapped the valve will stop in the middle of its cycle and not
open or close fully. If this occurs simply hit the lower button again to allow the valve to
finish its cycle.
Your antenna should be kept clean and free of cobwebs. Attempt to keep the antenna
as straight as possible. If the antenna is broken, it will have to be replaced. Be careful
not to pinch or cut the wire connecting the antenna. This will result in poor performance
or malfunction. Do not wash down the antenna. It is designed to resist moisture, but can
be damaged if directly sprayed with water.
Your remote system uses the most powerful transmitter and receiver allowed by law.
Environmental and atmospheric conditions can affect your range. The system has been
tested to over 1,500 feet. However, not everyone will experience this type of range. The
following tip will help you maximize the range of your system.
You will achieve the best range by pointing the remote so that you are facing across the
antenna as shown in diagram A.
Pointing the remote down the end of the antenna will result in poor range, as shown in
diagram B.
A. LED Indicator
B. Press Button B to lower the lift. When the
lift reaches the desired height, press Button B
again to stop the lift.
C. Press Button C to raise the lift. When the
lift reaches the desired height, press Button C
again to stop the lift.
D. Button D is reserved for optional
programming features.
E. Button E is reserved for optional
programming features.
Note: Buttons must be pressed for 2-3 seconds in order to transmit a signal to the
lift. This is a built-in safety feature to help prevent accidental triggering of the lift.
Occasionally, a lift has been unknowingly triggered from inside of a house or condo
leading the owner to believe the system has malfunctioned. It is a good idea to keep the
transmitter in a safe place when not in use.
Read through the list of possible problems before calling for service. Most situations can
be resolved by following the steps below.
These conditions are not remote related and are characteristic of this type of boat lift.
The remote will neither raise nor lower the lift.
a. Check to see if the manual switch works. If it does, continue below. If not,
go to #2.
b. Make sure you are pressing the remote for at least 3 seconds.
c. Make sure the red LED is lighting on the remote (if not, replace the
d. Make sure you are within range of the lift (500' in most cases).
Neither the manual switch nor the remote will operate the lift.
a. Make sure there is power at the dock.
b. If equipped with a GFCI, make sure it is working properly.
c. The range on my remote is not as good as it used to be.
d. Check to make sure that the antenna wire is not bent or if the wiring to
the antenna has any breaks or cuts.
e. Clean off cobwebs (they can affect your range).
My remote works but the strobe light is not flashing.
a. Make sure the wires to the strobe have not been pulled loose.
b. The strobe light can and will burn out, please call for a replacement.
The strobe is flashing but my lift is not lowering.
Make sure nothing has floated into the lift that could prevent it from lowering,
such as a log or a tree branch.
Note: If you raise the lift all of the way up without a boat on it, it can take a very
long time to drop.
The lift will not stop raising/lowering with the remote.
a. Make sure the manual switch is in the remote position.
b. See #1.
Applicable to only AC-powered units (does not apply to DC units)
2. Checking for GFCI failure. GFCIs are susceptible and purposely designed to fail a
specific number of times in protecting the end-user and blower/pump equipment
before experiencing total failure. This does not necessarily mean that the boat lift
control unit is defective. Environmental factors such as power surges, moisture,
etc. can cause GFCI failure.
Check and ensure your dock still has power and reset the GFCI by pushing on
the RESET button on the top plate. If your system still fails to have power, the
GFCI may have reached a point of “total failure” status. Most common
solution is simply purchasing a replacement 20amp GFCI which can be
purchased at most hardware stores.
If the steps above do not fix the problem, call for service.
Note: If the water is rough, the waves can cause the water in the tanks to block the
air hose. This will cause an “air lock” which will prevent the lift from lowering. Turn
blower on to blow air into the air hose to clear proceed in continuing lowering the
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