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What Is A Boat Lift & Do I Need One?

New and old boat owners alike often wonder what is a boat lift and if it’s necessary to have one. Boat lifts actually serve a very important purpose for your watercraft regardless of your location, the size of your boat or the body of water it will be used in. In almost any situation, a lift is crucial to the lifespan of your boat and equipment. Here are some of the reasons why you need a boat lift.

Why it's important to use a boat lift for your watercraft

1. Water Absorption

Storing a boat in the water may not seem like a bad idea, but over time, water can play a significant role in the deterioration of your boat’s exterior. Being left in the water regularly can cause hull blisters and lower unit wear. Algae can also attack the bottom of your boat, creating scum and residue that is difficult to remove. If you don’t use special paint for the bottom of your boat, this can severely deteriorate the paint job.

Regardless of the investment you’ve made in your boat, most boat owners take great pride in their watercraft and want it to remain as pristine as possible. With a floating boat lift, you won’t have to worry about scrubbing your boat’s hull. In addition to being a time-saver, this also will help to maintain the appearance of your boat and improve its overall resale value down the road. It will also save you money over time, reducing the need for exterior maintenance and repairs.

2. Water Level Fluctuations

Depending on where you are located, you may experience fluctuations in water levels. These can be major or minor instabilities, but they will most certainly have an impact on your boat. Leaving your boat in the water without using a lift increases the chances of potential damage caused by fluctuating water from storms and season changes. Boat lifts can help keep your boat out of the water and away from fluctuating water and debris caused by storms.

Fluctuating water levels can also have an impact on your boat when it’s time to use it. It can be dangerous to try to board and disembark your boat when the water is constantly changing. A boat lift can help stabilize the movement caused by changing water levels, making it safer to maneuver on and off your boat.

3. Watercraft Launch

In addition to preventing corrosion and damage to your boat, the use of a floating boat lift can also save you time getting in and out of the water. All that needs to be done to deploy your craft is to simply drive off of the lift.

Without a floating boat lift, there is likely to be several extra steps before you can enjoy time out on the water. If your boat has been in the water for any period of time, you’ll need to check for debris, leaks and cracks on the hull before launch. Using a floating boat lift makes it easier to do maintenance checks and significantly reduces the chances of damage. JetDock’s floating boat lifts don’t require any electrical parts of cranking. Simply board your watercraft and you’re ready to launch.

Protect Your Investment With JetDock

No matter how large or small your boat is, it is a real investment that needs to be protected. When you purchase a JetDock boat lift system, you are taking the necessary measures to protect that important investment. Wondering how to use a boat lift? Check out our article on how to build a boat lift and learn how easy it is to build and use your new floating lift.

We offer many options, from static lifts to multi-hull lifts to jet ski docks. With JetDock, you can improve your quality of time on the water while extending the life of your watercraft. Contact JetDock today and let us help you find a custom boat lift solution for your boat or jet ski.


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