SwingStoppers Success Stories
Hurricane Irma has produced many success stories from our customers. We have SwingStoppers systems from Merritt Island (Daytona Beach) down to Marathon and up the West Coast to Tampa. All of our systems were exercised during this storm.
Hurricane Irma showed that if your boat was secured to your lift, it can survive Hurricane force winds. Many lifts which had lines or 2 inch ratchets survived as well.
Storm Surge is always the concern. Once the surge goes over the float point of the boat something has to give.
“Water always wins…. “
SwingStoppers is in the process of reviewing all the lifts impacted by Irma’s fury so we can continue to improve our products.
32ft Intrepid – Hurricane Irma VIDEO Miami Beach, FL September 10, 2017
Hey Paul. Hope you and your family are well. All was great, I was fortunate the wind was from the south so it was parallel or such to my seawall. Surge was 2ft max, Wilma was west wind direct and way worse. Your product is great knew it years ago.
Thanks Dave 25ft Cobia – Hurricane Irma Key Colony Beach, FL September 10, 2017 Jump to Gallery
This is for your next ad. Big boat, NO SwingStoppers, Little boat SwingStoppers. Thanks Gail This customer had two lifts. One with SwingStoppers, the 25ft Cobia and the second boat without SwingStoppers. Surge was reported at 8 Plus feet with waves on top! Imra’s Eye went across the Keys just South of this customer. Pursuit 8-Post Lift – Hurricane Irma Marathon, FL September 10, 2017 Jump to Gallery Thanks to Swingstoppers my 30′ sport fishing boat survived Hurricane Irma. This was the true test of the strength of the lock down system as my eight point lift is located on a wide canal opening directly to the ocean. Reported five to six foot waves rolling in buffeted the boat and lift. No damage to my boat and no mechanical damage to my lift and pilings. Seeing the carnage that happened at many of the local storage yards convinced me that the Swingstoppers system was a great investment. Paul and Holly are great folks to work with, very responsive and there when you need them.
Marathon FL 33ft GradyWhite – Hurricane Irma Duck Key, FL September 10, 2017
All around me had problems, I did great! The Marina I was going to store my boat at had major roof damage etc. You have a Great Product!
Frank M. 35ft Hydra-Sports – Hurricane Irma Islamorada, FL September 10, 2017
Thanks my boat survived in Islamorada, 😀 Thanks again I feel so much better leaving my boat on the lift, granted I know I was lucky too not having the eye directly come over me, but my guess we had a 5 ft surge and 100+ mph wind. Thanks for a great product and I’m sure my insurance company appreciates it too…. Our Cove lost a couple of big boats across the way from me. Thanks Jody Sailfish 25ft – Hurricane Irma Key Largo, FL September 10, 2017 Jump to Gallery Boat is on the lift. All is good. Surge destroyed downstairs. My dock floated through the carport destroying the car. Boat and lift look good. Thank God I had SwingStoppers. Hans 32ft Contender – Hurricane Irma Key Largo, FL September 10, 2017
I hope Irma did not cause you too much of a headache. I just wanted to let you know that the SwingStoppers you installed at our place in Key Largo held up excellently. I had always had confidence in the concept and idea of how it worked but to actually have lived through a storm like Irma and see that the boat came out intact was an enormous relief. Congratulations on a great idea and product and I’m so happy to have it. Miguel S
P.S., Another user and friend of mine, Jimmy C, who has a place in Mile Marker 99 and had two boats on the SwingStoppers did just as good. Both of us are believers.
36ft YellowFin – Hurricane Irma Key Largo, FL September 10, 2017 Jump to Gallery
Yeah, the Oceanside got hit with a huge storm surge and most of the bars on the water on that side are completely gone. We had some on this side and my first floor was underwater, and my dock is all contorted due to the pilings pulling up from the bottom.
We lost power on the first day of the storm before the winds even picked up at 11 AM.
BUT, The boat survived on the lift! Mark L. 32ft SeaVee Elevator Lift – Hurricane Irma Key Largo, FL September 10, 2017
This is a testament to your straps. Midnight Rider weathered the storm. Not only the wind, but the surge. Here is a pic taken by a CNN reporter. We took the Pathfinder to Miami. Cannot thank you enough. You saved our boat. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!! Mike P.
32ft EdgeWater Elevator Lift – Hurricane Irma Lighthouse Point, FL September 10, 2017
Thank you for your quick response to our last minute request to secure our lift for Hurricane Irma. Boat and lift weathered the Hurricane well. Joel P.
25ft Boston Whaler – Hurricane Irma Sarasota, FL September 10, 2017
Didn’t have time to check out the video, but the installation passed the Irma test with flying colors. We got lucky, surge was at low tide. No damage. Winds were Cat 2 minimum. Regardless, I felt we were as protected as possible. Stu C. 26ft Angler – Hurricane Irma Bradenton, FL September 10, 2017
We are fine. Boat perfect. Got lucky. Hope the same with you & your family Dr. D. Albury – Hurricane Irma Coral Gables, FL September 10, 2017
Actually had the Albury up on the lift. The seavee was at the dealer, as I’m replacing the engines. Didn’t move an inch. The surge was about 2-1/2 -3 feet from the bottom of the boat. Here in the Gables I want to say it went 5-6 ft above normal. Manny HURRICANE MATTHEW TESTIMONIALS 34ft Pursuit – Hurricane Matthew Merritt Island, FL October 8, 2016 Jump to Gallery
Good morning Paul and Holly and thank you! Because we are on a barrier island we were under mandatory evacuation and the access road to our house wasn’t re-opened til 3:30 PM yesterday, we remain without power.
We spent the better part of Wednesday before being evacuated installing your equipment. Our understanding is that the highest recorded sustained wind speed by our house was 80 mph with gust to 90 mph and that it persisted for 3 to 4 hours as the storm was on top of us. The storm surge came 15 to 20 feet into our yard. Attached are two photos from yesterday afternoon showing that the boats and the dock appear to have fared very well and the storm surge waterline into the yard, not sure how much the water level actually rose.
SwingStoppers is a success story from our perspective. While it is the first time since the installation that we’ve had to use it, there is no doubt in our minds that if not for your equipment we would have lost the dock and the boats.
Thank you, Bob & Gail
SwingStoppers is a success story from our perspective. While it is the first time since the installation that we’ve had to use it, there is no doubt in our minds that if not for your equipment we would have lost the dock and the boats. CLOSE 33ft GradyWhite – Hurricane Matthew Vero Beach, FL October 8, 2016 Jump to Gallery
With the SwingStoppers’ wind protection solution installed on my 20,000 lbs lift for my 33′ Grady White (Vero Beach), we rode out Hurricane Matthew with increased confidence. We’ve previously been able to avoid unnecessary early haul-out decisions, hassle, and expenditures of other land-based solutions. But prior to Hurricane Matthew skirted the coast, we activated the SwingStoppers solution and waited like everyone else. I’m pleased to report that we had no damage. Initially, the storm was headed directly for our coastal community and we were at least satisfied that we had done all we could to safeguard our boat, Low Key.. Fortunately, Matthew ended up passing further from shore than anticipated, That said, you likely have or will soon receive inquiries from adjacent Marina slip owners as several noticed the enhanced protection that we had and they quickly understood the value of a SwingStoppers solution. Good job on the engineering and custom fit….
Low Key …. We rode out Hurricane Matthew with increased confidence. We’ve previously been able to avoid unnecessary early haul-out decisions, hassle, and expenditures of other land-based solutions. CLOSE 32ft Intrepid – Hurricane Matthew Pompano Beach, FL October 8, 2016 Jump to Gallery Hi this is Chance. I had the opportunity to deploy your SwingStoppers during Matthew. Easy to install. While my neighbors were struggling I was done. Thanks for setting up such a unique and easy kit. 25ft Boat Elevator – Hurricane Matthew Pompano Beach, FL October 8, 2016 Jump to Gallery Hi Holly and Paul, I am very glad we missed Matthew’s fury… We really can’t thank you enough for going above and beyond to get our boat secure and put our minds at ease during the impending storm! We will most definitely be recommend you and your company to other boaters! .