When you own a boat or personal watercraft, the best way to protect your most prized possession is to lift it up and store it out of the water when it’s not in use.
Benefits of a Boat Lift
Why do you need a boat lift? Most types of boats have been designed and manufactured with the intention that they be dry docked, regardless of the protective sealants applied. Storing a boat in water can lead to a significant loss in value rather quickly, especially when compared to boats not routinely stored in the water. It can also contribute to a decrease in the boat’s performance. This is especially true for speed boats, jet skis and other personal watercraft whose primary purpose relies on speed and performance.
A boat lift makes it much easier to store your boat or personal watercraft out of the water. It helps keep it away from barnacles and any other damage-causing hazards floating around in the water. It makes it easier to regularly clean and maintain the boat. A clean boat bottom can help keep your boat at peak performance and help you save some money on fuel by increasing the boat’s gas mileage. It can also make it easier to transport your boat from one location to another. This means being able to enjoy boating in more locations, such as taking it with you on a vacation. Or making it easier and faster to get it out of the water and into a boat storage facility before a major storm or hurricane hits.
Types of Boat Lifts
There are a variety of boat lifts that are manufactured and we are able to install numerous styles that meet your preferences. We only sell boat lifts that meet our high standards of structural integrity and are designed to resist weather and corrosion.
What are some of the different types of boat lifts? Our boat lifts range from standard to full systems. And you can choose from these boat lift styles:
- Aluminum Boat Lifts
- Galvanized Boat Lifts
- PWC Lifts
- Swinger Style Lifts
Things to Consider When Buying or Replacing a Boat Lift
Some key things you should take into consideration when purchasing a new boat lift or replacing your current one include:
- Would you prefer a manual or electric boat lift? And if you prefer electric, does your dock area already have power installed? If so, you will also need to ensure your lift is compatible with the power voltage available.
- The length and width of the boat lift needs to be compatible with the watercraft you currently own or are seriously considering purchasing in the near future.
- Do you have a preference on the boat lift sling style?
- Will the boat lift be installed along a floating or fixed dock, or in another area, such as along a seawall?
- Will your boat lift be installed near freshwater or saltwater? Different materials are recommended for different environments.
- What type of maintenance will your boat lift require? Will you be able to adhere to the recommendations?
These are just a few of the things we take into consideration when recommending a type of boat lift to you. If you buy a new boat lift, or replace your current one, using Gibson Marine’s services, we will work hard to ensure the whole process goes as smoothly as possible for you.
Boat Lift Installation
The boat lift installation process will vary based on a few key factors, such as the size, the type of boat lift system, and where you would like the boat lift installed. Most boat lifts are typically installed off of a dock or seawall and may require special equipment to ensure they are installed correctly. It is best to hire a reputable company, such as Gibson Marine Construction to install your boat lift. We have decades of experience installing boat lifts, and will ensure your boat lift is installed properly.
Boat Lift Repairs and Boat Lift Maintenance
If your boat lift needs repair or maintenance, we have a full-service department capable of repairing any and all boat lift problems. Just give us a call – we are happy to discuss your boat lift service and repair needs with you.
Tampa Bay’s Premiere Boat Lift Company
Contact us today to see how Gibson Marine Construction can help with your boat lift repair, replacement, maintenance or installation needs. We service the Tampa Bay, Florida and surrounding areas.