Though boat davits can do an adequate job of keeping your boat out of saltwater, they are not the best way to protect your vessel from the harmful effects of a marine environment. To maximize the protection you provide for your watercraft, a boat lift is a better solution. In many cases, lifts are only slightly more expensive than davits, but have many more advantages.
Boat davits were conceived as a means of suspending small, light watercraft, such as dinghies – their construction makes them less than ideal for larger crafts. Because davits typically suspend the boat rather than support it, these systems place a large amount of strain on the vessels’ hull. Over time this can cause warping, which may even result in the need for costly repairs to your boat.
Unlike boat davits, boat lifts work to cradle the craft from the bottom, distributing its weight evenly, which preserves the structural integrity of the vessel. And, DECO offers lift systems that are comparable in price to boat davits. For example, our Maxi Lift is an affordable system that is rich with proprietary, state-of-the-art technology designed to make it exceptionally reliable, low maintenance, and easy to use for mariners with smaller vessels. With a capacity of up to 16,000 lbs, this system can handle a wide range of watercraft, and comes with excellent features such as a marine grade aluminum construction and stainless steel components that will resist the corrosive effects of saltwater. It’s also available in a boat elevator configuration, which can install directly onto seawalls or docks without exterior pilings just like davits.
Using boat davits can also make it difficult and dangerous to work on your vessel while it is suspended, whereas a lift system provides a stable platform on which you can handle all your repairs and upgrades. DECO Boat Lifts even offers optional accessories, such as walkways and steps, which can help you easily access every part of your boat to make routine boat maintenance a snap.
When it comes to reliable protection for your watercraft, our lifts beat out boat davits in nearly every situation. If you’d like to learn more about the many innovative features of our Maxi lift systems, contact DECO Boat Lifts today.