How to Choose a Boat Lift

Choosing a boat lift is a big decision for any boat owner. Not only are boat lifts essential for storage, they’re also your access point from your dock to your watercraft.

Though it’s easy to think that your boat’s natural place is in the water, you might actually be surprised to learn that keeping your boat out of the water is actually critical to preserving it in the long term. During inclement weather and cold seasons, your boat’s safety in the water can be jeopardized. As a result, picking the right boat hoist for your vessel is essential.

But all this begs the question: how do you know which boat lift is right for your boat? Well, in this month’s blog post, we’re discussing how you can choose the right boat hoist for you.

Tips for Selecting a Boat Lift

To get you started, we’ve created a short list of factors you should keep in mind when selecting your boat lift.

1. Determine the Weight Capacity

Whichever boat lift you choose, it’s a simple fact that it should be able to support the weight of your boat. We recommend choosing a boat hoist that can easily support the weight of your boat, fuel, equipment, and passengers.

2. Consider the Water Depth and Bottom

The depth of the lake’s water and the type of bottom (mud, sand, rock) where you plan to install the lift will narrow down the type of lift you’ll need. Keep in mind that some lifts are better suited for shallow waters, while others are designed for deeper areas.

3. Find a Hoist that Fits Your Boat’s Dimensions

Make sure you keep the length, beam, and hull design of your boat in mind when you choose a boat lift. You’ll want a lift that easily fits with your vessel’s dimensions. Take extra care with this step—you don’t want to install a boat lift just to find it damages your boat.

4. Consider the Lift’s Ease of Use

Look for a boat lift that is easy for you to operate. Features like remote control operation and automated systems can make lifting and lowering significantly more convenient. On top of that, some boat lifts can even help with accessibility in case of mobility issues.

For more detailed tips on selecting the right boat lift, you can visit ShoreMaster’s guide by clicking here.


Whichever boat hoist you choose, just make sure to keep in mind some of the tips we’ve shared with you today. Or, for more information on boat lifts we offer and install here at Pier Perfection, click here to contact us today.