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Nova Lift

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£775.00 (inc VAT) £645.83 (exc VAT)

Product Description

The NOVA LIFT is designed specifically to load / unload heavy equipment on sailboats.

Using the NOVA LIFT, you can easily lift a 15HP motor outboard engine with far less risk to the boat topsides, and you can often perform the lift single-handed!

The list of uses for the NOVA LIFT is endless from lifting generators, batteries, diving equipment, pets, large fish, fuel, water jugs, propane bottles and so on…


Specification: Nova Lift
Full Unit Weight 16.0 lbs
Arm with line and block weight 10.8 lbs
Mount tube and clamps weight 5.2 lbs
Safe MAXIMUM working load
220 lbs
Maximum load at distortion* 420 lbs
Full collapse of arm* 480 lbs
*Static test using Dillian Force Gauge
CAUTION:  Side load on top rails is approximately 70% of the lifted load (varies with railing height).  Load also increases on rails when  vessel is rolling or load is jerked or bounced.  Insure rails are attached with bolts (not screws) and are in good condition.

Installations instructions must be followed carefully for smooth and safe operation.  Other operational and safety procedures accompany these units and must be read and understood by operators before using the Nova Lift.

Special Features

1. Nova Lift offers a light, yet strong, arm which is instantly removable for stowage.

2. The arm can be replaced and ready for use in a matter of seconds! No disassembly, unpinning, reassembly or untangling of snarled tackle before use.

3. Robust and versatile stainless steel rail clamps and deck mountings give really secure placement of Nova Lift on virtually all vessels.

4. Designed to use your existing winch power, Nova Lift lets you lift, swing, and lower really heavy and awkward equipment with absolute ease.

Less struggle = More control

5. With internally run load line, the arm and load can easily be rotated 360 degrees while winching up or lowering down.

6. The clean smooth lines of Nova Lift will make an attractive addition to your rail.

7. Electropolished stainless steel, quality sheaves, special cast end fitting, machined bushing and guides all help to make Nova Lift unquestionably the Best!!

Nova Lift, Lifting Person


Nova Lift
Using a Andersen 28, two speed s.t. winch with a 10" handle, Nova Lift will lift 200lbs and require only 13lbs of winch handle pressure. [second speed]
Max recommended load is 240lbs (Upper arm distortion occurs at 430lbs however the pulpit rail must be able to sustain a side load of 50% of the lift load.)


Nova Lift was designed specifically to handle the task of loading and unloading stores and equipment on sailboats.  It can be easily installed on almost any sailboat and works in conjunction with an existing winch.  Install Forespar's new Nova Lift and you'll wonder how and why you struggled with those difficult lifting tasks before.

No more hassles, struggling, wrenched backs or chipped gel coating when you use a Nova Lift.

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Nova Lift offers many unique features:

  • A light, yet strong, arm which is instantly removable for stowage.

  • The arm can be installed and ready for use in a matter of seconds. No disassembly, unpinning, re-assembly or untangling of snarled tackle before use. Unique design allows line to be fed thru arm with ease.

  • Uses the power of an existing winch, allowing you to lift, swing, lower really heavy and awkward equipment with absolute ease.

  • Internally run load line allows the arm to be easily rotated 360 degrees under full load.

  • Robust, versatile stainless steel rail clamps and deck mounting hardware provides a simple, secure installation on virtually all vessels.

  • Clean smooth lines of the Nova Lift will make an attractive addition to your rail.

  • Electro polished stainless steel, quality sheaves, special cast end fitting, machined bushing and guides make Nova Lift unquestionably the best!

  • Capabilities:
    Nova Lift - Using a Harken 32, two speed winch with a 10" handle will require only 13 lbs of winch handle pressure to lift 200 lbs.

Carefully formed stainless steel tubing with strategically placed internal reinforcing produces an arm that is smooth externally, strong and yet still surprisingly lightweight.

Internal line guides, special cast end fitting, a rotating mount tube with it's own exit box, bearings, cleat and a unique rail clamp assembly makes this hoist unique and easy to install on almost any vessel.

The light weight arm slips telescopically into the mount tube which is securely clamped to the vessel's stern rail while its base (adjustable to a 60 degree slope) is attached to the deck, coaming or transom.  The lifting line, which easily passes down inside the arm, exits the mount tube via a sheave box.  The mounting tube can rotate 360 degrees in order to align the sheave box with the chosen cockpit winch before clamping.  The rail clamp attaches to railings up to 1 1/8" diameter sloping up to 30 degrees from horizontal.

Nova Lift accommodates railing heights up to 30" high.  Vessels with rails higher than 30" will require the use of a deck pad (not included) to raise the installation to the proper height. 

Nova Lift comes with all rail and deck mounting hardware, 30 feet of 3/8" Sta Set line, Harken swivel block and special deep throated S hook.  Only extras required are (3)  1/4" diameter screws or bolts suitable for attaching the base.

Mounting tube should be installed vertically. The rails on some installations such as a canoe stern have a lot of outward flare.  To accommodate this situation, Forespar offers a 2" standoff and a 5" standoff which consists of an extended saddle and bolt kit.

Caution:  It is extremely important that the vessel's rails are attached securely and in good condition.  The side load on the top rail is approximately 70% of the lifted load (varies with railing height).
See the Weight and Capacity Table at the bottom of this page for other important information.

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  1. Forespar Nova Lift 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Aug 2013

    This is an excellent product. I have to admit that at first I was put off by what seemed a very high price for what seemed to be avery simple piece of kit. But it is well designed and well made from top class materials. I have two minor complaints. The final stage of installation involves drilling two holes through the upright and riveting to the base. I am not sure what the purpose of this is and it seemed a bit belt and braces. In fact I have not yet done this and it works fine. What if you don't have a rivet gun? The second minor gripe is that I feel that the upright should be supplied with a rain cap to stop water and dirt entry when the lift is not in place eg if the boat is left for long periods. I guess the water would drain out the bottom through the bottom block but it does seem to allow the possibility of crud getting in and blocking the thing.

    Other than that, excellent, easy to use and is also useful for suspending the awning! Roche Marine had the best price I could find and provided superb service.

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