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What are My Boat Lift Options for Shallow Water

by Scott Myers

Every boat and boat dock is different. The depth of the water around your residential or commercial property can create a challenging opportunity for both a seawall and dock system for your recreational crafts. It can also make a difference on the type of boat lift you use to get your watercraft out of the water. If you are located in an area with shallow water or a fluctuating water level that is mainly shallow you have a few boat lift options for boats, as well as personal water craft.

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When you have a fixed dock located in shallow water, one option is a bottom standing lift like a four or eight post boat lift. Four and eight post boat lifts are made with stainless steel, aluminum, and wood. There are two heavy duty stainless steel motors on a four post lift and with an eight post lift there are four motors. A four post lift is standard for 4,500 to 28,000 pounds, and eight posts lifts are standard for 32,000 to 250,000 pounds.

Another lift for shallow water would be an elevator boat lift design. This lift is at an angle and lifts your boat from the side, much like a fork lift with the carpeted wood bunks along the fork and guide posts running straight to the top. When the lift is activated it will slide up pulling the boat out of the water at an angle.

It is also important to remember that if your waterfront property is susceptible to rapidly fluctuating water or rough water in a shallow area, your boat lift may need to be higher to compensate for when the water is not as shallow. 

Having a boat lift allows you to get your boat in and out of the water easily and safely. There is no need to drive down to the local ramp to bring it out for inspection or to repair damage. With a lift you can just pull it up out of the water at your dock to make inspections and repairs.

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