The Future Of Lifts Is Here

Sunstream launches free-standing hydraulic boat lift

August 2021 Multimedia Brady L. Kay

Sunstream Boat Lifts has an impressive list of industry breakthroughs on its resume and it just added one more. Known for its high-quality portable and installed boat lifts as well as the SwiftShield Automatic Boat Covering System, the Washington-based manufacturer is releasing a true game-changer in 2021 with its revolutionary SunLift SLX Series, a free-standing hydraulic boat lift.

The SunLift SLX features a clean design, next generation frame, adjustable width bunks, stainless-steel cylinders and hoses, the highest lifting range of any hydraulic lift currently on the market, and can be used in water depths as shallow as zero inches under the hull or skeg. Yeah, we told you it was revolutionary.

Display Your Boat

With the clean-looking lift, lakefront property owners can now proudly display their boats with a system that doesn’t detract from the beauty of their home. It’s been 25 years since Sunstream introduced the first hydraulic free-standing boat lift and a lot of that experience went into designing the SunLift SLX, making it reliable and long-lasting for fresh or salt water.

Besides the innovative design, it’s also built to last. The SunLift SLX includes stainless-steel cylinders, chew-proof stainless braid hoses, Sunstream’s patented cylinder boot, lubricated bronze bushings and rubber-capped aluminum SuperBunks. The advanced pressure-balanced hydraulic pump is 30 percent more efficient, uses less battery power, is faster, quieter and does not lose capacity over time.

The SunLift SLX also features new SoftStop technology, which enables the boat to come to a smooth stop, in the over-center locked position, by slowing the hydraulics at the top end of the stroke. The stiff and durable frame is achieved by aligning the lifting cylinders with the lifting arms and side beams, and taking out the motion in the leg socket.


Another industry first is the optional Bluetooth control system that works in concert with the remote control key fob and a smartphone app to provide lift data and diagnostics, in addition to single-touch lift control.

“With high-speed hydraulic lifts and automatic cover systems, Sunstream is on a mission to create breakthrough product lines, like the SunLift SLX, that will get people boating more often, with more fun, while protecting the boat they love,” said Ken Hey, CEO of Sunstream Boat Lifts. “Consumers will appreciate the rich feature set, durability and reliability of the SunLift SLX, while dealers are excited about how much easier and faster the streamlined design is to assemble than traditional free-standing hydraulic lifts.”

Lift & Cover

The new product line is compatible with the complete line of Sunstream SwiftShield Automatic Boat Covering Systems that automatically install and remove a custom cover in seconds. The lift also works with a full line of canopies. Other Sunstream exclusive accessories include LegJacks for seasonal water level changes and clean bunk systems specifically designed for pontoons.

Lift capacities are from 5,000 to 30,000 pounds, with the popular 6,500-pound model starting at $10,480 MSRP.

For more information on the innovative SunLift SLX Series, Sunstream, or its complete line of high-quality boat lifts and accessories, call 253-395-0500 or visit

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