A Boater’s Guide to Choosing Boat Lifts

Boat lifts come in three general categories: floating, suspended, and bottom standing. Each of these options comes in a spectrum of designs and functional elements and this abundance of choices make it difficult to zero in on what best suits your needs.

If you wish to narrow down the options, ShoreStation Boat Lifts shows how:

Know Your ‘BDW’

BDW is an unofficial acronym for Boat, Dock, and Water – three basic points of consideration when choosing a boat lift.

  • The overall weight of your boat is of utmost importance when choosing a lift. Here, overall means your boat’s fully loaded weight, including the tower, fuel, water storage, and the rest of your gear. Boat design is another crucial consideration. From the shape of the hull to the style of the bunk, these elements affect the required water depth and lifting height that, in turn, determine what type of lift you need.
  • How your dock is configured also determines what boat lifts can work to your advantage. For instance, if your dock is outfitted with a relatively low roof, a suspended boat lift is out of the question.
  • Water condition has a direct effect on the process of lifting boats off the water. For example, in the case of rough water surface, higher lifting height is necessary to ensure that the boat is far from damaging waves.

Experts’ Tips

  • Here’s what experts have to say:
  • Stainless steel lifts are best for saltwater application.
  • Adjustable bunks are smarter options compared to the cradle.
  • Sling-style lifts are best for shallow shorelines.
  • Electric pile mount lifts are more efficient compared to their manual counterparts.
  • Apply occasional lubricant to cables for friction reduction.

Reading product reviews is a good way to start when shopping for boat lifts. You may also talk to experts or experienced boat owners for any recommendations.