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No matter if you are an experienced sailor or just beginning your life on the water, purchasing a new boat lift is one of the most important things you can do. A good boat lift will last you a long time and help care for your boat the way it should be. The problem is choosing the right boat lift for your needs and lifestyle. Follow along as we look at few important factors to think about as you shop for your new boat lift.
When looking at boat lifts, you will see two distinct types right away. Some boaters choose to go the all-electric route, but this does require a safe power source to run the boat lift motor and can require a higher level of maintenance. Others opt for a manual boat lift which generally uses a spinner wheel that the controller hand operates. While both types of lift have their strengths, the ease of electric lifts make them a more popular choice.
The type of material used to build your new boat lift will also play heavily into your decision. Generally, you will find lifts made from either stainless steel or galvanized steel. The decision between the two rests in where you will be docking your boat. In saltwater, your lift will take much harsher abuse from nature. There is a greater risk of corrosion due to the salt and stainless steel is best suited for this harsher environment. For freshwater, galvanized works well. It can save you money since the need to survive corrosion is much lower.
Always get online and do some research. Look into your lift manufacturer and check out reviews and blog posts from other users. See what the major complaints are and what the company has to say in response to them. It is also important to look at what local installers the company works with. Often times, lift manufacturers will work with local businesses that handle things such as installation and service. Since this company will likely be your main contact is anything goes wrong, be sure you look into them and know what to expect if anything does happen.
This is only the beginning to help point you in the right direction. The important thing to remember is to look at all of your options and really think about what you need.
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