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Boat Lifts

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Getting the most out of the money you've invested in your boat means taking the best possible care of it. Rule number one is that whenever your boat is not in use, you should raise it out of the water. Failure to do this will mean that your hull may become dingy and corroded quickly. Over time, this will affect performance and handling in several different ways, particularly speed. Keeping your boat out of the water will mean you have to paint and overhaul much less often. If you look around, you will notice that it's easy to spot a boat that has been kept out of the water; it always looks neater and fresher than the others.

Raising your boat out of the water when not in use will also mean you're protecting it from storm damage to a greater degree. In addition, boats kept at their moorings instead of in dry dock tend to rust and corrode much faster, requiring expensive repairs and maintenance. Rusted parts can also pose a safety hazard.

Raising Your Boat
Raising your boat safely will require a device called a boat lift. You will need one that is designed for your particular boat model. It is also wise to find one that can be operated easily by any member of the family, for the safety of the boat and the safety of those operating the lift.

There are several different types of boat lifts. Many of them now require the presence of electricity at the dock in order to operate. Look for sturdy designs that will last and serve their purpose well. A little research will enable you to acquire a boat lift that is perfect for your needs without spending a great deal of money unnecessarily.

The most important criteria when choosing boat lifts are size and weight. Find out how much your craft weighs so that you get a lift that will handle your boat. If you have several different boats, get one for the largest craft you have. Whatever kind of dock you have access to, it is possible to find a boat lift that will work. They can be attached to concrete or wood pilings, docks without pilings, and even concrete sea walls. There are also drive-on dry docking models.

Anyone Can Raise a Boat
For the greatest degree of convenience, you might want to take a look at remote control lifts. You can also get winch systems and chock systems. Most boat lifts feature fiberglass tanks. Remember that these will be subject to deterioration when they are exposed to UV rays. A better choice is galvanized steel.

Floating boat lifts are popular because they are inexpensive yet easy and effective to use. They can be used with a wood, steel or aluminum dock, so they are versatile, too. However, if there's a drawback with floating boat lifts, it's that they need to be installed on a U-shaped or L-shaped dock.

Dockside Safety
Installing a floating boat lift on a straight dock may exert too much pressure for the dock to withstand. In addition, bear in mind that electricity will be needed with this type of boat lift. If you live in a remote area, you may need to track down a model that doesn't require electricity.

In addition to sturdiness, look for a boat lift that has been galvanized so that it will not rot or rust. Be aware that you will need other items of boating equipment in order to care for you boat. A suitable tarpaulin will keep your craft safe from the elements.

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