Posted on March 31, 2022
A boat lift will keep your boat out of the water when you’re not using it, and it’s essential to have one if you’re a boater with waterfront property. The investment in a boat lift will be worth the money and stress you save, but how much of an investment will it be? The cost of a boat lift will vary depending on a number of factors, but the average price will likely be somewhere in the thousands. Here are some things to consider when determining the cost of a boat lift that you’re thinking of investing in.
If your boat is bigger, you’re going to need more lifting power, and more lifting power needs more money. The type, size, and configuration of your boat will all contribute to the lift system you’ll need to take care of it. Larger and wider boats will require larger and wider lifts. Larger weight capacities might require more power and cost more as well, but don’t just look at the dry weight in your boat’s spec sheet—factor in the weight of the fuel, supplies, and people you’ll need to bring onto your boat and hold on your lift.
Different lifts will get your boat out of the water in different ways depending on factors like water depth and the technology they use, which means they are going to be priced differently. Some lift styles won’t lift over a certain number of pounds, and others might have local restrictions, making it even more important to know what you’re working with. Very simple floating or cantilever lifts will be cheaper than the more complex elevator, conventional, or hydraulic lifts.
Installation costs are a good idea to think about. A little professional help goes a long way toward making sure that your installation goes smoothly and your boat lift is ready to start holding your boat. You can also add boat lift accessories, like bumpers, motor stops, remote motors, or other ways to keep your boat safer and lifting more convenient. You’ll need to maintain your lift, which is easier when it’s made from sturdy and low-maintenance materials like aluminum. An annual inspection every few years, done by a professional, should also factor into your costs.
The upfront cost of a boat lift can seem daunting, but it might be better to think of that amount of money as an investment toward your future enjoyment. With a boat lift, you’re giving your boat a safe storage place that eliminates the risks of damage from water absorption, impacts with your dock or debris, or accidents from extreme weather events. A boat lift helps you maintain the value of your boat and extend its lifespan for years, which can benefit you when it’s time to resale. It also makes it convenient to get back on the water: with your boat right at your dock, there’s no need to haul or trailer it, allowing you to spend more time having a great time.
The ShoreMaster exclusive Infinity Boat Lift Systems are designed for life on the water because our expert engineers love the water as much as you do. When buying a boat lift, you want a dealer that you can trust to help you find what you need for your boat, shoreline, and lifestyle. For advice on what works best for the water near you, or help installing your new ShoreMaster boat lift, contact a local ShoreMaster dealer from our expansive network.