Boat lifts are machines used for boat transportation between two different platforms. It could also be used to hold your boat above the water. Holding your boat above water rather than tieing to the dock sometimes has its own perks. Boat lifts can be used to replace canal docks as they can perform the same function and even more. One big advantage of a boat lift is security. Boat lifts are a lot more secure compared to the regular method of tieing it to the dock. At Sarasota Seawalls, we can provide the best services in the boat lift department. We can help you make, repair, remodel or refurbish your boat lift. Boat lifts vary from one type to the other and a few of them will be mentioned below
Piling Mount Lifts
This boat lift has itself attached to a permanent dock or pilings. Before making piling mount lifts, you need to consider the weight and size of your boat. This helps to decide the amount or type of piling you might need for your boat; sometimes, a customized style is required to suit the boat’s shape, size, or weight. Unlike bottom standing lifts, Piling lifts don’t require an underwater structure for stability, some of them are properly attached to the dock or land and they mostly require electricity to work.
Bottom Standing Lifts
A bottom standing lift is usually placed very close to the dock or the closest hard surface available. They are called bottom standing lifts because they have strong and sometimes thin legs rooted below the water surface. Sometimes, these legs are reinforced in order to ensure it’s stability, and on top of it is a platform for the boat. This platform is also usually made with the same material as its legs and is just as strong. The beautiful thing about this lift is its ability to lower and elevate itself through the use of an electric motor or manually by turning a wheel.
This is very similar to piling mount lifts except it’s not operated by electricity. The boat is placed on airtight plastic or metal barrels or containers. These containers are placed in the water, and due to the air-filled condition of these containers, they float with ease. Boats placed on them would float above the water surface and if they need to be used, all that has to be done is the deflation of these air chambers or containers which submerges them, bringing the boat down to the water surface. If the chambers are needed again, the chambers dispense water while they are being filled with air. This brings them afloat, raising the boat off the water surface.
Shore Mounted Lifts
This is technically a ramp placed by the shore where the boat can be driven onto. A line is used to drag the boat out of the water unto the land. This lift is probably the cheapest there is as there is no required platform (except the ramp) for the boat to stay in, it could just stay on land.