What is a Boat Lift?

Boat LiftA boat lift is a device used to suspend a watercraft above the waterline when it is not in use, helping to prevent hull damage and making docking and departure simple and convenient. Boat lift systems are not the same as boat davits, which are crane-like devices that lift boats out of the water through the use of cables attached at the top of the bow and stern of the vessel. Rather, a boat lift cradles the watercraft from underneath to avoid putting stress on the hull and potentially causing damage.

Taking a boat that is stored on a boat lift out on the water is easy. Simply activate the motor to lower the cradle until the boat is floating and no longer in contact with the bunk boards. Then back the watercraft away from the lift system, leaving the cradle submerged. Lifting the boat upon returning to the dock is also simple, as it only requires parking above the submerged cradle and activating the motor to lift the vessel.

Boat lifts are not one-size-fits-all. They are available in a wide variety of types and configurations, and selecting the best option for your property will depend on many different factors, including your budget and the type and size of your boat. The environment also plays a role in choosing the ideal boat lift. For example, in a narrow canal where pilings can’t be used, an elevator lift system that attaches directly to the seawall may be the only viable option.

To learn more about boat lifts and the many benefits of having one installed at your waterfront property, contact DECO Boat Lifts today. We are proud to be a leading manufacturer of exceptionally durable lift systems with state-of-the-art technology.