How to Pick the Best Boat Lift for your Boat, Dock and Waters
Freshwater or Saltwater
As with anything placed in saltwater it can and will corrode! You have a choice of galvanized steel lifts and aluminum lifts. Depending on where your slip is located, it’s important to have anti-fouling painted framework as well as components like stainless steel cables.
Stainless steel resists corrosion more efficiently than galvanized steel. Through a “hot dip” method, galvanized steel takes a zinc bath coating to help resist corrosion.
Permits and Rules –Five Dredge & Marine
If you reside in a neighborhood with strict HOA guidelines, you may want to run this one by the committee.
Even if you already have a private slip under a dock structure, there could be HOA restrictions for boat lifts regarding the type you install and specifics like how far the electrical components need to be from the water line.
Now knowing your water depth, there are two options to consider: Sling or Cradle
Sling style boat lifts are perfect for shallow waters where you need all the depth you can get. The sling lies flat against the ground, taking up less space than metal bunks and cradles.
Cradle style boat lifts act much like the bunks of a boat trailer and secure the boat’s hull in place.
Boat Traffic and High Winds
Are you in a cove with heavy swells from boat traffic? You need to consider how rocking your boat will have on a lift. If so, swing lifts aren’t the best application. You want something solid and sturdy to take on the boat traffic.
This also goes for high winds too. In South Florida, we get sudden storms—even tornado watches—from time to time. Swing lifts would give boats a wild ride, potentially knocking it into your dock.
Contact Five Dredge and Marine for information on your new Boat Lift!