If you own a cottage on the Great Lakes and enjoy boating, a boat lift can make it easy to take your boat out on the water whenever you want to. When selecting a boat lift, it’s important to make sure you select the right one for your boat and that it’s properly installed. If you’re in the market for a new boat lift this summer, avoid making these three mistakes when you get and put in your new lift.
Getting a Boat Lift That Has a Low Maximum Weight Limit
The boat lift you get should have a maximum weight limit that’s well above your boat’s weight. (You can find your boat’s weight in the owner’s manual or by contacting the manufacturer.) Not only does the lift need to be strong enough to lift the boat, but it also has to support all the gear you keep on the boat and all the passengers you take on the boat. If it’s not able to support a group of full-grown adults, you won’t be able to take out a full boat of family members and friends.
Getting a Boat Lift Without Wheels
Because the Great Lakes freeze, you can’t leave a boat lift in the water through the winter. The ice could crush your lift. To ensure this doesn’t happen, you’ll have to take your lift out each winter, at the end of the boating season, and put it back in the water each spring, when the boating season begins.
Getting a boat lift that has wheels will make it much easier to take your lift in and out of the water. Without wheels, you’ll have to pick up the entire lift and carry it, which can require several full-grown adults to do.
Even if you’re young and strong now, you should still only consider boat lifts with wheels. If you get one without wheels, you might not be physically able to move the lift in a few years. Make sure you don’t have to get another lift in a few years by purchasing one that has wheels and is easy to move now.
Not Having an Electrician Run an Electrical Line
You’ll need to run an electrical line out to your lift if it’s motorized. Typically these lines are run along a dock. To ensure that the line is installed properly and doesn’t put anyone on the dock at risk of getting an electrical shock, have the line installed by an electrician. Don’t try to do any required electrical work yourself.
For more information, contact professionals like WaterJack Boat Lifts and Docks.