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5 Facts About Floating Lifts You Need To Know
Life on the water is pure bliss. The roar of boat engines and the spray of personal watercraft can be seen and heard from docks and shores for miles around. But while boating is meant to bring enjoyment and relaxation, it also means a lot of maintenance and care to ensure you continue to enjoy your boat or jet ski for years to come. Properly storing your watercraft when not in use is not only good practice in keeping it secured and in place - it also helps keep the boat in proper condition both in the short term and long term. Keeping your boat above water with a floating boat lift can prevent excessive water absorption and extend the lifespan of its coating. You can read more on the benefits of properly storing your boat on a lift in our Do I Need a Boat Lift article.
Okay, so you have assessed that you indeed need a boat lift - but what kind of boat lift should you choose? There are several types that can get the job done. Although most boat lifts do the same thing, not all are created equally.
Floating lifts are a great alternative to big, clunky, steel lifts. In fact, they’re the new innovation in PWC lifts that are inexpensive, easy to use, and don’t require electricity or manpower to operate. Here are some benefits and facts to know when purchasing a floating boat lift.
1. Safety Features
Safety is critical when operating a floating or static lift. Traditional boat lifts require a lot of moving parts made of metal. If not properly maintained, parts can become damaged or broken, causing a potential for malfunction and a risk of injury.
Floating boat lifts are made of plastic and don’t require the heavy machinery that traditional lifts do. The best floating lifts give you plenty of room to enter and exit your boat or PWC, so you won’t have to worry about falling in the water or getting injured.
Floating boat lifts are incredibly portable. They’re easy to assemble and take down and don’t require any special tools. Traditional boat lifts that use hydraulics are not portable and cannot comfortably accommodate bigger watercraft if needed. Floating or air boat lifts have the convenience of adding modules in order to fit bigger boats or other watercraft. Storing, transporting or moving a boat lift has never been easier.
3. Maintenance Free
Owning a floating boat lift versus a traditional lift will save you time and money in terms of maintenance. Floating lifts don’t have motors, electricity, cable gears or anything to grease or remove rust from. This means that your floating PWC boat lift will always work. Traditional lifts require a lot of moving parts and often times a lot of time and money to upkeep. Floating boat lifts require almost no maintenance except for the occasional scrub down. You can also store a floating boat lift indoors during winter months or seasons when it’s not in use.
4. Adapts To Any Water Level
Floating lift systems work in virtually any water level. You can customize your lift based on the average height of the water on shore to maximize performance. Traditional lifts, on the other hand, don’t accommodate to rising and falling water levels. Unexpected high-water levels could potentially damage a conventional lift. Since floating boat lifts float above the water and are made of plastic, they’re built to actually flow with the current and adapt to changing water levels.
5. Saves Time & Money
Being able to put money in your pocket and spend more time enjoying your PWC is essential. Traditional boat lifts can become costly due to installation, maintenance and eventual replacement. Floating boat lifts are a much more economical choice that eliminates installation and almost all maintenance time. You will also never have to replace or buy a new floating lift if you move. Simply disassemble and take it with you. Enjoy life more with a floating lift.
Shop For Your New Floating Boat Lift Today
Upgrade to Jet Dock’s floating boat lifts and build your own custom lift to fit your needs. At Jet Dock, we produce the best floating lifts with our patented design that is safe, maintenance free and floats in any water level. Choose from static, air assisted, and multi-hull boat lifts. Spend less time messing with maintenance and more time on the water with a Jet Dock boat lift.
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