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How to Choose a Boat Lift

Why do you need a boat lift?2015 Key West - 12K - Chuck Gerber

Storing your boat dry when not in use is the single most important step you can take to ensure that it remains structurally sound and runs like new. Leaving a vessel in the water for long periods of time can cause deterioration of the hull as well as buildup of algae and other damaging agents within the motor and inlets. It is essential to purchase the best-fitting boat lift in order to protect one of your largest investment.

Boat Specifications

In order to choose the right lift, you need all the specifications of your boat (length, width, weight, equipment, etc). You will need as much information as possible so that your local dealer can accurately quote you the correct lift and the best possible price. This can be found in the manual that came with the boat.

Boat House and Dock

Next, you will need to know the details about where the boat will be stored. If it will be kept in a marina, the manager will have this information available to you. However, if you will be parking it in a private dock, you need to have specifics about the dock size and shape, as well as the type of water in your area (rough/gentle, fresh/salt, etc). All of these factors are important when searching for the right boat lift so that your local dealer will be able to tell you exactly what fits your needs.

Pick a Dealer

Remember to only consult with certified dealers and installers for this important task. Your boat is too precious to leave in the hands of unknowledgeable technicians just because they offer a lower price.

Trust

Finally, choose a dealer you can trust. If something goes wrong or you need help operating the lift, the value of having a dealer just a phone call away, who is responsive to your needs, is immeasurable.