Welcome to another Thaler Contracting Inc blog, today we are going to share with you the most common types of boat lifts and the benefits of each option.
Boat lifts offer a variety of benefits, including damage prevention and safe storage. Perhaps the greatest benefit of a boat lift is that it can help you keep your boat in better condition for an extended period of time.
In the warmer months, it’s easy to use your boat almost every day, but what about during the off-season? That’s where boat lifts come in.
There are many types of lifts for different types of boats. Before choosing which boat lift is right for your boat, you must first determine the weight and dimensions of your boat. You must also take into account the area where the lift will be installed.
These Are Four Types of Boat Lifts That You Should Consider
First you need to be clear about what a boat lift is and what they are for. It is basically a device designed to secure a boat on water. They are useful on private docks or at a marina. We recommend these lifts as they offer a number of advantages over keeping you moored on the dock and in the water.
We know that the first thing that comes to mind is security, but we assure you that there are many more benefits that you still don’t know about.
These are four common types of boat lifts:
- Bottom standing lifts are ideals for fixed docks
- Floating lift are perfect for dealing with fluctuating water levels
- Suspended Lift is one of the most hard-wearing options
- Pile mount lifts are sturdy and stable
These are some of the options that we are going to present to you. The bottom standing lift is best for shallow depths, no more than 3 to 10 feet. A floating lift is ideal for deeper water and is often a more affordable type of lift. A suspended lift is often used to transport larger ships and can be quite expensive.
Bottom Standing Lifts Are Ideals for Fixed Docks
This type of lift is recommended for shallow depths, we recommend considering it for heights between 3 and 10 feet. Bottom standing lifts are a more affordable type of lift than the rest of this list. This is because they are not suitable for large and heavy boats. We recommend this option as it offers great protection and versatility.
These lifts are installed next to the dock and stand on its own legs. The bases are normally attached to the bottom. This is an ideal option when the bottom is firm and even. One of its best advantages is that it is easy to install, but you need to call an expert to help you with the process.
Floating Lift Are Perfect for Dealing with Fluctuating Water Levels
If the water level is fluctuating then this is the type of lift to install. This is because these risers can perfectly adapt to the rise and fall of the water level. One of the best benefits of this option is that it prevents the boat from pressing on the structure, preventing possible damage.
Floating lifts support the boat on air-filled metal or plastic chambers. The chambers flood and sink below the surface to release the boat and remain submerged while the boat is in use. When you return, place the boat on the chambers and the electric pumps displace the water with air, the chambers float and the boat rises above the surface of the water.
Suspended Lift Is One of the Most Hard-Wearing Options
These boat lifts are one of the most resistant options when you have a permanent and always covered dock structure. One of the best benefits of this option is that it can be integrated into your existing structure or installed on a new dock.
These lifts often include stainless steel cables, aluminum or galvanized brackets, cable reels, and high-capacity motors. This is why it is said that these lifts are designed for heavy use. We recommend them as they require little maintenance.
These are the different kinds of suspended boat lifts:
- Boat house
- Pile mount
Pile Mount Lifts Are Sturdy and Stable
Basically this is a boat lift that is mounted on a pier. A pile is a large wooden beam that sinks into the ground around stationary piers. These beams are mounted in concrete so that they are strong and stable enough to withstand the forces of the tides.
Thaler Contracting Inc recommends the installation of pile moun lifts as they are very resistant and offer quality solutions. If you need help choosing or installing the ideal type of lift then contact us. We are here to help you make the right decisions.