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Whatever floats your boat

Whatever floats your boat

One of the greatest enjoyments of lake living is the luxury of having your boat parked right outside your back door. For many homeowners, it’s also one of the most challenging aspects of lakefront living. We’ve all seen the boats that have a stained hull or algae and muck growth on them. Leaving a boat in the water puts the boat at risk for significant damage. To protect your investment, it’s better to keep your boat out of the water on a lift.

Choosing a new boat lift can be a daunting task. There is much more to consider than just the price of your new lift. With newer technology and materials available in the marine industry, it’s important for new lake owners to look for a contractor that not only offers the most maintenance-free products available, but also look for the contractor who will service the products after the sale.

Other considerations include the type of baot you will be using with the lift, not only today, but in the future. Another important consideration is whether to purchase a lift with a motor. Do you want to manually crank a boat up or push a button?

Initially, some buyers may choose not to purchase a motorized lift, either because of cost or unsure of the real need. Those who tend to use their boat regularly will often choose a motorized lift, but even if you decide to go with a manual lift, many can be fitted with a motorized component at a later date.

Once you own a boat lift, you will realize you can’t live without it. But be sure to do your homework! For a list of preferred marine contractors, visit

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