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Frequently Asked Questions

What information would you need in order to put in a boat lift for me?

We would need to know:

1. the slip dimensions
2. boat type (pontoon, v-hull, etc.)
3. motor type (outboard, inboard, I/O)
4. boat weight.

I have a 3 person jet ski. What size jet ski lift would I need?

The weight of your jet ski, not the number of people it can carry, determines the size of lift that you need. The dealership where you purchased the jet ski should be able to help with the net weight.


How much does my boat weigh?

Boat weight varies greatly. The absolute best source is the dealer that sold you the boat or the manual that came with the boat. The Boat Lift Company maintains some of this information. Please contact us for specifics.


What is the maximum size limit on a low-profile lift?

The size of the slip might limit your maximum boat size, but almost any size boat can be lifted with a custom designed low-profile boat lift.


Does my boat slip have to be a certain size in order to put a boat lift in it?

No. Each of our lifts are custom designed to fit your slip and boat.


I have a sailboat. Can a boat lift be designed for it?

Yes. Specific modifications like dropped rear cradle beams, keel supports, and custom brackets can be used to accommodate most sailboats.


Why don't the boards on a pontoon lift have carpet?

The carpet can hold water against the pontoons and cause pitting of the aluminum.


Why would a cradle be better for my boat than a sling lift?

A cradle provides better hull support and eliminates the possibility of hull distortion.


I would like to have my boat slip cover built extra high to accommodate the bimini top. Is this possible?

Yes, it is possible to build the cover to a specific height. However, many of the homeowner's associations have their own specific height requirements. They often prefer boat covers to be built no higher than 6 feet above dock level. Also, wind becomes a major factor if built too high.


How often should I replace the cables on my lift?

Cables should be inspected before every use. Look for severe rusting and frayed or split cabling. If your cable is extremely rusted or has frayed spots, replace the cable. Replacing the cable at least every other year is recommend. It is more expensive to fix the boat if the cable breaks because of wear. REMEMBER: NEVER STAND IN THE BOAT WHILE THE LIFT IS IN OPERATION!


Do I need to maintain the motor or gears on my lift?

Yes. You can find zerk fittings on the gear plate on most lifts. Frequent lubrication increases the life of the motors and the gears. The Boat Lift Company recommends greasing boat lifts at least once every six months as a minimum.


How often should I grease and service my boat lift?

A new lift should be greased with the first few uses to help break in the drive unit. Thereafter, it should be greased at least twice per year, more often with heavy use.


How frequently do I need to replace my slings?

Slings should have a red fiber sewn into the material to indicate the wear over time. If the red safety indicator in the slings is exposed, replace the slings. If tears are evident replace the slings.


Do I need stainless steel cable or galvanized cable?

Stainless steel is recommended.


Do slings pinch boats?

If upper pulleys can be properly spaced, slings provide adequate support. Frequently, boat house owners will get a new boat and never adjust the upper pulleys for any difference in size. Most people get larger boats over time. The result: the boat owner stores his or her boat inside a lift system that is too small for the boat. The result is pinching.


I would like to put a cradle in my overhead lift, but I've heard that I might not have enough water depth in my slip. How much water do I need?

18 to 24 inches minimum water depth is required, depending on the draft of the boat.