Why Should I Buy a Boat Lift for My Vessel?
Why Keep My Boat Out of the Water?
Anyone who has been boating for any amount of time can quickly tell you just how many changes have taken place in boating equipment. A simple trip out to a modern marina will also show you just how much new technology is now available for the savvy boat owner. This is especially apparent when the marina features high quality boat lifts.
This outstanding creation has helped to make boating an even more enjoyable pastime than it has ever been. It has also helped to increase the efficiency of agency vessels that require quick response times such as fire/rescue squads. Instead of taking valuable time to hit the water and get to the emergency, these vessels can lower their crafts and be off in no time at all.
It is no big surprise that boat lifts came into being due to boaters’ need for a way of storing their boats without taking up a ton of space. They also were tired of having to worry with constantly dragging their boats out of the water the old fashioned way. The creation of the first boat lifts saw both of those needs filled. Boat owners could stow their boats on the water while keeping them nice and dry.
Those original boat lifts have since gone on to be customized in a myriad of ways. Not only can they lift a wide variety of hull types and vessel weights, there are those that now lift non-boat vessels such as personal watercraft. Today boat owners can more easily enjoy the care, protection, and handiness that their boats deserve. There is definitely no argument that constant contact with water can lead to a number of issues but an outstanding boat lift can help to counteract each of these.
As anyone who has ever pulled a boat from the water after several days can attest, aquatic life takes little to no time to attach itself to a boat or other such vessel. Whether it is barnacles, algae, or any number of other forms of marine life, each of these can quickly damage a boat. This is the primary reason for the application of anti-foul paint to a ship’s hull.
Unfortunately, before this paint can be applied, the hull will typically need to be pressure washed, scraped and then sanded. As you can imagine, this requires removing the boat from the water. By keeping your boat on a lift, you will help to decrease the likelihood that aquatic life will be able to affect your hull. This means a whole lot less washing, scraping, sanding and painting!
This brings up the second major reason to buy a boat lift – osmosis!
As fiberglass hulled boats remain immersed, water can seep underneath the gel coating. This can lead to blistering and eventual delamination of your fiberglass hull. Once this happens, the water can then move through the hull and begin to fill up the hull. This is when many boats end up running their bilge pumps constantly. As you can imagine, this sort of damage can be more than just expensive to repair. It can many times be the end of your vessel.
As you may have realized, one of the keys in keeping the gel coat intact involves reducing the need to sand the hull for the application of anti-foul paint. Each time you take steps to reapply anti-foul, you actually end up hurting the gel coat itself. Storing your boat off of the water on a high quality lift will help to reduce the likelihood of damaging your gel coat and causing further damage to your boat.
Your hull isn’t the only portion to have to deal with the ramifications of constant contact with the water. A great deal of the metal parts on your vessel may also be at risk for damage. Electrolysis, which occurs to most metals, can lead to extensive damage when a boat is left in the water for extended periods of time.
Imagine pulling your boat from the water only to find metal fittings, props, and more all but eaten away. Even worse, the same sort of damage can take place inside your engine block, manifold and pumps as well. This sort of damage can be extremely bad as you can’t typically see it until your boat simply breaks down from it. The use of special anodes can help offset this by a degree; however, the best means of preventing it is through the use of a boat lift. This will give your boat the time out of the water it needs to keep the damage to a minimum.
Buying a high quality boat lift should be looked at as an investment. Its payoff comes in the form of added protection and convenience both of which you will be able to enjoy sooner rather than later.
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Guest Expert Info
Thanks to Casey Nicholls of Waterjack for once again providing his expert advice on why buying a boat lift is a necessity for those who want to protect their investment. Casey regularly collaborates on boating related pieces like this one which helps to keep us here at Posse Social Media Consulting on the right track instead of being off in left field! Thanks Casey!