New boat lift from Divnick International, Inc.

June 2010 News

Are you tired of dragging your fishing boat, ski boat, or wake board boat back and forth to the lake?  Are those slip fees getting to be too expensive?  Wouldn't it be great to always have your boat right there on the back of your houseboat, ready to go with no scum line? 

A new lift has been developed by Divnick International, Inc. that will be unveiled on Thoroughbred's show boat at this year's Expo, August 27 to 29, 2010. 

Steve Divnick, who has a number of other inventions and patents ( explains, "Unlike traditional lifts that lower a sloped platform into the water, our new lift operates straight up and down.  It can be lowered into the water so your ski boat, wakeboard boat, fishing boat, or PWC can glide over it without any resistance or wear on the hull.  With the push of a button, it raises straight up and level with your swim platforms." 

A bonus of the lift platform being level at all times is that you can actually BACK your boat onto the lift for overnight or long-term storage.  It also makes it easy to service your engine or prop.   

The Divnick Lift has no external hydraulic cylinders or hoses so it eliminates the risk of an environmental mess and expensive repair that would otherwise require the houseboat to be raised or pulled out of the water. The Divnick Lift uses a unique system to move the platform.  They won't be publishing pictures or descriptions of the mechanism before the On Water Expo, but you will be able to see it operate up close and personal at the show. 

Another benefit of this new lift is that none of its parts are in the water when the lift is in the UP or "stored" position.  If you have had any experience with hydraulic rams that are always in the water, they become contaminated with algae and other growth which causes sluggish movement and accelerated seal wear.  The Divnick Lift stays clean. 

Perhaps most amazing is that when in the UP position, the entire lift mechanism will be hidden from view.  The mechanism is contained within the same thickness as the platform itself.  No one driving past your houseboat in the marina will know how you got your play boat up there!  This will look especially puzzling when your boat is backed in.  James Bond would love this lift! 

Divnick reports, "We have had a slanted hinged platform lift on our houseboat for the past several years.  It is great to always have our ski boat waiting for us when we come to the lake.without any scum-line on the hull, and no additional slip rental.  But I wanted to come up with a way to make the platform operate straight up and down because I knew that would include all these other benefits.  So I started sketching ideas and making models several years ago."  Divnick's new 20' x 106' houseboat is also under construction at Thoroughbred and will include the heavy-duty version that can lift 5,000 pounds, enough to handle any wake board boat.   

When Shawn Heinen, President of Thoroughbred ( saw the working model that Divnick brought to the Louisville Houseboat Show, he immediately knew it was a winner.  "I knew this would change the way small boats and PWC's were loaded on the back of houseboats, and I wanted Thoroughbred to be the first to offer it.  It will not cost any more than traditional hydraulic lifts, but will be a lot more versatile.  When people consider how handy it is to always have their small boat right there with their houseboat, we think they will love this system." 

So this year's On-Water Houseboat Expo will have a never-before-seen innovation.  We invite you to come see all the new houseboats, and to watch the Divnick Lift perform its magic. 


For more information:

Steve Divnick


Shawn Heinen

606- 387 7421  

Thoroughbred Houseboats builds custom premium houseboats in Albany Kentucky near Lake Cumberland and delivers them as far away as the Middle East and Russia.  They began making houseboats in 1996.  Attention to quality, detail, and what their customers want has led their success and loyal following.  All Thoroughbred boats meet the strict NMMA requirements.   

Divnick International, Inc. has been creating, manufacturing, and shipping products throughout the world since 1982.  Among its innovations are Spiral Wishing Well coin funnels that have raised over $200 million for charities around the world, and the "Whole-In-One Adjustable Golf Club" that has a transmission in the head so you can play the entire game with one club and take it with you when you travel. 

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