April 4, 2024

Which Canopy is Right for You?

Which Canopy is Right for You?

Written by ShoreMaster Marketing

How to Choose Which Boat Lift and Canopy Is Right for You?

For discerning boaters, having a secure docking system that protects and preserves their vessels is vital to the lifestyle. Among the many available docking solutions, a boat lift and canopy are critical investments that greatly enhance the boating experience. 

Below, we delve into why you should invest in a boat lift and canopy combo, the essential considerations, and how to choose the perfect solution for enhancing your waterfront experience.

Introduction to Boat Lift and Canopy Solutions

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A boat lift is a specialized lifting system designed to raise vessels above the water. To fully understand why investing in a boat lift is one of the best decisions you can make, consider the following benefits:

  • Prevents hull damage: By keeping your boat out of the water when not in use, boat lifts reduce exposure to rough water, marine growth, and saltwater, among other potentially damaging elements. One study found that biofouling can significantly reduce propeller performance and energy efficiency by up to 30%. Owen, D., Demirel, Y., Oğuz, E., Tezdogan, T., & Incecik, A. (2018)
  • Enhances convenience: A boat lift eliminates the cumbersome maneuvering required by trailers. With your boat securely and conveniently in the dock, you can quickly launch and retrieve your vessel. This minimizes pre-departure hassles and maximizes time on the water. 
  • Facilitates maintenance: Routine cleaning, inspection, and other maintenance tasks are much easier with your boat above the water. By saving time and energy, a boat lift encourages regular maintenance, allowing you to spot potential issues before they become costly repairs. 

Here are some of the ways boat lift canopies further enhance the protection offered by lifts: 

  • Minimizes sun damage: Prolonged exposure to UV rays can cause the hull and upholstery to fade and crack. A boat lift canopy shields your vessel from the sun's assault, keeping it looking at its best.  
  • Prevents rain and moisture damage: Exposure to rain and moisture can lead to corrosion, mold growth, and other potential damage caused by the elements. A boat lift canopy prevents these issues, preserving your investment. 
  • Reduces maintenance costs: By protecting your vessel from the elements, a boat lift canopy minimizes its harmful effects, ultimately reducing maintenance and repair costs. 

ShoreMaster offers a range of boat lift models and canopy systems to suit any waterfront. Contact us today to find a local dealer near you. 

Understanding Different Types of Boat Lift Canopies

According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (n.d.), the US recreational boating industry generates $56.7 billion in annual sales. The industry's rise has birthed many boat lift and canopy solutions on the market, each designed to meet specific waterfront needs and conditions. 

From vertical and hydraulic lifts to floating lifts, boating enthusiasts can choose a solution that perfectly suits their boat and waterfront characteristics. Canopies, on the other hand, come in different materials, including vinyl, polyester, and acrylic. Each offers varying degrees of durability, water resistance, and UV protection. 

Choosing the right solution requires understanding the features and benefits of each. For instance, hydraulic lifts offer quick lifting speeds, making them ideal for larger boats. Meanwhile, the adaptability of floating lifts makes them perfect for areas with fluctuating water conditions.  

Factors to Consider When Choosing Your Boat Lift and Canopy

To select a boat lift and canopy system that matches your specific requirements, put some thought into the following considerations:

  • Size: We recommend adding a 20% safety margin to your boat's base dry weight to account for gas, batteries, and other equipment. The lift should also accommodate the boat's hull shape and beam size. Meanwhile, a canopy system should cover the entire boat and lift for complete protection. 
  • Weather Conditions: Consider the typical weather patterns in your area. For example, areas prone to high winds or heavy snowfall require sturdier solutions. Our Infinity boat lift models are overengineered for maximum stability, overbuilt for superior durability, and overtested to ensure the utmost reliability and performance.  
  • Waterfront Compatibility: The lift and canopy should be compatible with your boat and your docking area's layout and construction. Our canopy systems come in a wide range of sizes, ensuring vessels of all sizes get the protection they deserve. 

If you need help determining the ideal solution for your waterfront, contact your local ShoreMaster dealer. These experts can recommend the perfect lift and canopy configuration for your specific environment. 

Why ShoreMaster Stands Out for Your Boat Lift and Canopy Needs

ShoreMaster was born on the lakes of Carlos, Minnesota, in 1972. Its aim was to create a better boat lift that was easier to install and built to last longer. In the 50 years since, we've grown to offer a diverse suite of waterfront solutions, establishing ourselves as the industry leader across nearly every market in North America.   

Here's what you get when you choose ShoreMaster:

  • Superior Product Quality: We're always at the forefront of innovation, using premium materials and engineering techniques that push the boundaries of what's possible. For instance, our dime-welded boat lifts involve precise and strong welds, ensuring they can withstand the demands of both the vessel and the elements. 
  • Tailored Solutions: We understand different boaters require versatile solutions for their unique lifestyles. That's why we designed our products to allow extensive customization options. Whether you have a small fishing boat or a large pontoon, we have boat lifts and canopy systems to suit your needs perfectly. 
  • Excellent Customer Service: We've always been committed to helping waterfront owners make the most of their time on the water. While our line-up has expanded over the decades, our passion for building quality systems with the user in mind has stayed the same. In addition, our extensive network of dealers across North America ensures there's always a ShoreMaster expert near you. 

Contact us today to learn more about our Infinity boat lift systems and canopies. We can also connect you to a local dealer so they can assess your waterfront needs and provide expert recommendations.  

How to Purchase and Install Your ShoreMaster Boat Lift and Canopy

Here's a quick guide for equipping your waterfront with the best boat lift and canopy system:

  1. Assessment: First, thoroughly assess your boat, docking area, and specific requirements. 
  2. Consultation: Reach out to your local ShoreMaster dealer. Their waterfront experts can help guide you through the selection process, discussing essential considerations and the best solutions. 
  3. Purchase: Once you've decided on a boat lift and canopy system, ask your local dealer for pricing and financing options. If you need help finding a dealer near you, contact us, and we'll point you in the right direction.  
  4. Installation: For boat lift installation, we recommend seeking professional help from your local dealer to ensure everything is done right and to avoid voiding the warranty. They can also assist you with boat lift canopy installation

Ready to enhance your boating experience? Contact us today to discover the ShoreMaster difference and enjoy the utmost protection and peace of mind.