About Us

Begin with a Better Design

General Hydraulic Solutions (GHS) was created in 1998 to design and build reliable, durable and multi-function hydraulic platform lifts for boaters and boat manufacturers.

Our company got its start by filling a need for Sea Ray Boats for a transom mounted hydraulic swim platform lift. The product Sea Ray used at the time was a telescoping lift that proved to be unreliable.

Through extensive research and firsthand feedback from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and customers of the existing style lift, GHS engineered and developed a panographic lift. This design eliminated the complexity of a telescoping lift and over time has proved to be the reliable, flexible platform swim lift demanded by boaters around the world.

Becoming the World’s Largest

Since its beginning, GHS has built and released more than 8,500 units worldwide, firmly establishing our company as the world’s largest OEM supplier of hydraulic platform lifts and side-door assemblies.

Our design capabilities and manufacturing expertise has earned GHS a growing customer list featuring the most recognized boat manufacturers in the business. Our customers include Sea Ray Boats, Marquis Yachts, Carver, Four Winns, Cruisers,  Regal, Chapparral, Scout, Tiara, Aquila , Intrepid, Formula, Pursuit,  Mastercraft,  and many other premier boat builders around the world.

Manufacturing Capabilities

GHS is a subsidiary of Southcoast Marine Products, one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of custom, production-type marine hardware. The company’s state-of-the-art facilities house the latest in manufacturing and machining technology and tools:

  • Over 65,000 square feet of manufacturing space
  • 4,000 & 7000 watt Bystronic Laser cutting systems
  • Bystonic 150ton & Strippit 120ton 5 axis press brakes
  • A 65 ton 8′ brake
  • 350 ton press
  • CNC robotic welding and polishing
  • Star Bend 900 CNC tube bender with 3″ 11 gauge capacity, as well as a large stock of dies
  • Hand benders, hand polishing and CNC machining capabilities

Our combination of tooling capabilities and experienced craftsmen allows GHS to be the only platform lift manufacturer to manufacture all mechanical aspects of its lifts in-house. This provides an unmatched level of quality control throughout the building process.

Family Owned, Family Operated

Southcoast Marine Products and General Hydraulic Solutions have been family owned and operated since 1973. Our family’s third generation is now involved in the company, ensuring that our family’s dedication to quality, service and selection will continue.