Choosing the Right Boat Lift for Your Dock

When choosing a boat lift, there are a variety of factors to consider such as: water depth measurements, soil firmness, wave/wake conditions, slip spacing and more. Choosing the right boat lifts for your dock is critical to the safety of both you and your boat. A well-installed lift can prevent damage to your boat and dock, as well as protect the environment and allow for easy access for loading and unloading.

Leaving your boat in the water all summer can cause costly damages such as lower unit wear, blistering on the hull and algae growth as well as rust and corrosion on metal pontoon logs. These can all be expensive to fix, and can take time. Boat lifts allow you to protect your investment and keep your boat ready for use at the push of a button or turn of a key.

RGC Marine offers a wide selection of freestanding, piling mounted and floating lifts to meet your needs and water conditions. These include cantilever hydraulic, jet ski and waverunner lifts for a wide range of boat sizes and types. We also offer a unique inflatable lift for fluctuating water levels and for places with sandy or rocky seafloors.

Inflatable boat lifts use large tanks of air to raise and lower your boat. They can be operated manually, electrically or hydraulically and work well in some areas where other lifts do not. These lifts are not as stable as other boat lifts and do require a good base on which to attach them.

Piling mount boat lifts are mounted to a piling or fixed dock. They can be used in any water depth, but are typically only installed where a strong and sturdy dock structure is present to support the weight of the lift as well as your boat. These lifts can be operated manually, electrically or hydraulically, but do require custom pilings to support the lift which can add to the cost.

A cantilever hydraulic boat lift consists of a base that supports the weight of your boat. A ram then moves vertically to lift the boat up out of the water. These are the most common type of lift and can be found on many waterfront properties throughout the country. They are generally easier to maintain than other types of lifts because the hydraulic and fluid lines are above the water line, keeping them safe from muskrats, beavers and other wildlife who may try to chew or puncture them.

A floating lift is similar to a cantilever hydraulic boat lift, except that it floats on the water rather than on the dock. This is an excellent option for places with rocky or sandy seafloors where drilling to install other types of lifts would be difficult. A floating lift can also be used in areas with variable water levels as they are easy to move to accommodate changing conditions. It is also a great choice for those who have limited space for a boat lift as they can be moved to fit in small spaces.


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