How to Lift a Boat
Compared to other storage options, there are clear benefits to lifting a boat when it is not in use. Storing a boat in the water results in a constant battle to prevent damage. Saltwater corrosion, organism growth, and impacts from floating debris are just a few of the ways a boat’s hull can be damaged. By lifting the boat at the dock so the hull is above the waterline, you’ll avoid these costly problems without having to deal with the hassles of trailering you vessel and driving it back to your home or a boat yard.
When it comes to lifting a boat, there are a number of options, and not all of them are equal. For example, boat davits, which are crane-like devices that lift boats through the use of cables attached at the bow and stern of a vessel, are often not the best option, as they can put stress on the hull and potentially cause damage. For most boat owners, the most effective and convenient way to lift their watercraft is with a boat lift. These devices cradle the vessel from underneath, preventing strain on the hull. Plus, they are easy to park on and use, requiring only the press of a button to lower and raise a boat.
Additionally, boat lift systems are available in a variety of types and configurations, so there are suitable options for all kinds of watercraft and docking scenarios. If, for instance, your waterfront property is on a narrow canal where it is not possible to install the pilings needed for a standard boat lift, you can instead choose an elevator lift, which is mounted directly to the seawall.
For more information on the best way to lift your vessel, contact DECO Boat Lifts. We have been an industry-leading lift system manufacturer since 1959, and we have the expertise to develop the perfect solution for your unique needs.