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 on why you should use a boat lift.
Prevents Damage to the Hull:
Usually, the hull of a boat is protected by anti-fouling paint. This bottom paint is used to deter marine organisms from attaching to the hull, making it easier for boaters to maintain the condition of their boat. However, it’s important to consider the impact it has on marine life overall. Anti-fouling paint is typically made up of copper and zinc. Both of these chemicals are hazardous not only to the organisms it’s meant to deter, but to other marine life and plants as well. With a boat lift, your boat will be out of the water when it’s not being used, which means a safer environment for our friends of the sea – everyone’s happy.
Immediate Access to the Water:
No one wants to trail their boat down to the water – it’s a time-consuming task. A boat lift provides immediate access to the water, making it much easier for a fun day out at sea. With a lift, comes safer boarding as well. The change in water levels can make it tricky to get on and off the boat. A lift will allow you and your passengers to board safely.
I want to clean! Said no one, ever. Luckily, your new boat lift will allow you to take a break from cleaning (for the most part). Once your boat’s out of the water, all that’s needed is a spray down with fresh water and you’ll be good to go! Unless you had messy people aboard … that’s a different story.
Protects Your Investment:
As mentioned earlier, although a boat lift is quite the expense upfront, it will pay for itself over time. When a boat is tied to a dock, it isn’t uncommon for it to hit up against the dock – causing significant damage to the exterior. Storm surges, heavy wakes, or inclement weather, can all make an impact on the condition of your boat. On a lift, your boat won’t experience the change in water levels or face any impact from the waves. In short, if you want to protect the value of your boat, it is essential that you invest in a lift. What’s better? On average, a boat that is stored dry, and out of the water, has a resale value of 10-20% higher than a boat that has spent its life sitting in the water.
Hakuna Mata (it means No Worries):
Did you know that two out of three boats that sink, sink at a dock? Many people don’t realize the damage being done to a vessel when it sits in the water. When a boat is docked, it’s rare that an individual will pull the boat out to check for wear and tear, or even leaks. If there’s a significant leak, you may go to bed one night and wake up without a boat.
All in all, if you’re contemplating a boat lift, our best advice is to get one. Yes, we know it’s a bit expensive up front, but it will truly pay for itself in the long run. You won’t have to worry about mother nature acting up, and your boat will be much happier. Of course, if your boat’s happy, you’re happy. It’s a win win!