Investing in a boat allows you to take advantage of the water near your home. The purchase of a boat represents a significant financial investment, so ensuring that your water vessel is properly stored at all times is essential.

Making the decision to construct a boat lift gives you the ability to easily launch your boat into the water while storing the boat slightly out of the water to help prevent corrosion and algae growth. Since each boat is unique in its design and construction, the boat lift you opt to construct should be designed to meet your boat’s specific storage needs.

Here are three vital pieces of information that you should take into consideration when building a boat lift.

1. Weight

Since your boat lift will be equipped with a motor that raises your vessel out of the water on a regular basis, it’s critical that you take the weight of your boat into consideration as you begin the process of constructing a boat lift.

Most people know that they need to factor in the dry weight of the boat itself (which can typically be found in the owner’s manual), but few boat owners account for other items that can contribute to the overall weight that a boat lift’s motor will need to accommodate.

Be sure that you are adding the total weight of the gasoline filling your boat’s tanks, the weight of any accessories stored on your boat (anchors, life jackets, water skis, and so forth), and the weight of live wells or ballasts that may be filled with water to the total dry weight of your boat. These combined weights will help you determine how heavy your vessel will be so that you can install a boat lift with a motor equipped to handle lifting this weight on a regular basis.

2. Width

Another important factor you must take into consideration as you invest in the construction of a boat lift is the width of your boat.

While the original measurements of the boat may be included in the owner’s manual, these measurements do not take into account any aftermarket upgrades that you may add to make your boat more functional. Finding the width of your boat (often referred to as the boat’s beam) requires you to measure the widest point of the vessel.

Be sure that you are taking into consideration the added width provided by wakeboard towers or fishing rigging that you had installed after purchasing your boat. Invest in a boat lift that is slightly wider than the beam measurement of your boat to help ensure proper lifting in the future.

3. Soil Conditions

When you install a boat lift to service your water vessel, it’s absolutely essential that you take the soil conditions on the lake, river, or ocean bottom into consideration.

If the soil is soft, you will need to ensure that your boat lift is designed to work with these soil conditions. A freestanding lift can be installed in an area where the soil conditions are soft, but it will be more challenging to level out the lift under these circumstances.

If your soil conditions are extremely soft or the water near your dock is deep, then you should consider investing in a lift that can be mounted directly to the dock, seawall, or pilings for added stability.

Building the right lift for your boat ensures that you will be able to properly store your water vessel in the future. Work with the experienced professionals at Abbotts’ Construction Services to identify some of the unique factors that could affect the construction of your boat lift.