Things to Consider when Purchasing a Boat Lift

Boats are meant to reside in the water, right?

It is correct that boats spend the majority of their life out on the sea. But keeping the boat in the water 24/7 can actually cause significant damage and decrease the overall value. When a boat is left in the water, it can incur marine growth, deterioration, and other issues caused by prolonged exposure to water. This is where a boat lift comes in.

The most common misconception about boat lifts are that they are too expensive. Sure, it may be a big investment at the start, but it will save you a lot of money in the long run – making up for this expense. As mentioned earlier, there are several issues that your boat may experience without a lift. We’re here to provide you with some information to consider when purchasing your new boat lift.

What is the size and weight of your boat?

The size of your boat may not change, but when it comes to weight, it is important to consider the boat’s weight when it has everything onboard that you would normally have (“fully loaded”). Think of all of the stuff in and on your boat that adds to its weight. There will be fuel, water, watersports equipment, an anchor, and whatever else you and your family see fit for a day on the water. Once you have a number, it is recommended to choose a lift with a higher weight capacity so there is a buffer. Playing it safe is important, but it will also come in handy if you plan on upgrading your boat in the future.

Shorestation Hydraulic Boat Lift:

We live by this lift. Having upgraded technology, the Shorestation boatlift is amongst the fastest on the market. It uses solar energy and allows for ease of access both into, and out of, the water. Shorestation lifts come in a wide range of sizes – accompanying any boater’s needs!

  • 4,000 LB
  • 6,000 LB
  • 8,000 LB
  • 10,000 LB
  • 15,000 LB
  • 20,000 LB

Key Features of a Shore Station Hydraulic Boat Lift:

  • Wireless operation
  • Integrated design
  • Fully enclosed protective cover
  • Adjustable upper limit
  • Auto-Up feature
  • Remote switch for operational lights
  • Solar power performance
  • Ultrabunks
  • Dockside up/down operation

Shorestation boat lifts come in a freestanding lift as well as a permanent lift. There is also an option for a floating lift which reaps benefits of its own (not offered by Shorestation). But before a final decision is made, it’s also important to “know your water.

Know your Water:

Water depth, conditions, and fluctuation, should be factored in during your boat lift decision-making process. There are three main types of boat lifts – your selection will highly depend on the factors listed.

  • Floating Lift
  • Free-Standing Lift (Shorestation offers)
  • Permanent Lift (Shorestation offers)

The type of dock construction you have will also determine the best fit for a lift. It is possible that some docks may be suitable for more than one boat lift design, however, in most cases, there will be an optimum solution. Typically, floating lifts are best for floating docks and fixed docks residing in deep water. Floating docks will rise and fall with the tides. On the other hand, a free-standing lift (bottom standing) is typically the best choice for fixed docks in shallow water, while the permanent lift will work best for fixed docks in moderately deep water (average water depths).

If you need assistance in determining your water depths or guidance throughout the process, feel free to contact us! We are always here to help (843) 557-1234.