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How to Select Ideal Boat Lifts

Feb 12th 2019 at 2:41 AM

One of the most important factors in operating a boat is enlisting the services of proper boat lift providers. With so many boat lift distributors in the market today, making an informed decision can be a major problem, especially when it is your first time. It is vital that your choice of lift accommodates your boating water. Therefore, you should consider your home port when selecting a lift. Here are more factors to consider.

Manual or Electric

It is obvious that the industry for lift services has tremendously grown over the past few decades. If you have been in the industry for some time now, you may have gotten accustomed to manual lifts that are operated using a spinner wheel. If you find them comfortable and ideal for your needs, then go ahead and look for one. However, there are many electric winches in the market today. These winches are said to be more convenient but will require to be powered. Therefore, before you go for an electric winch, you may want to determine whether you will get a reliable and safe source for power. Yet again, this lift comes with more maintenance needs than the manually operated one.

Check the Specifications

Usually, when buying a lift, you should take time to determine the specifics of your boat. The length, beam plus weight of your boat are the most important features you’ll want to consider. It is better for you to over-specify than give lower specifics. This is because a more powerful lift will still work with your boat but not one that cannot take your boat’s weight.

Research Your Options

Many of the manufacturers of boat lift parts have their local dealers. While you may have a reputable manufacturer in mind, be sure to find out from them whether they have a local dealer in your area. You will need the services of this local guy when it comes to installation of the parts. You can also find reliable local dealers the old school way. Ask around from other boat owners. The Better Business Bureau can still give you great reviews and ratings of the available local dealers.


The best lifts will not come without a warranty. Therefore, even if you are buying from your local dealer, it is recommended that you insist on a warranty. For the most part, lifts come with at least one year’s warranty for the boat lift motors, and a lifetime warranty for assembling the lift.

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