Owning a boat requires substantial investments of time, money, and attention to ensure the watercraft is properly maintained and functions as intended. Because boats are aquatic vehicles, it's easy to assume they can withstand persistent contact with water, but leaving boats to float when they are not in use can shorten the functional lifespan and increase the risk of damage. If your boat requires dry-docking solutions, contact our marine construction company. We provide boat lift construction and repairs to keep each watercraft at its best in St. Augustine, FL.Schedule Services
Boat lifts are devices designed to raise boats out of the water at a dock. They can also be used to transfer boats between water at two different elevations. These structures provide support and a stable surface for boats to rest upon during storms, the off-season, or after a regular day of sailing. There are many benefits to having a boat lift constructed on your property for both personal and commercial use, including the following. Contact us to schedule marine construction services for your residential or commercial property.
In addition to protecting your vessel from harm, a boat lift can facilitate quicker, easier, and safer boarding onto your boat. Boat lifts make the process of getting in and out of the water easier and enhance access to the watercraft for easier fueling and maintenance. If this will be your first time using the device, our marine contractors can instruct you on the best way to handling and care for the boat lift. When it is time for a sail, simply lower the lift into the water and drive away.
Leaving vessels in persistent contact with seawater can be problematic for several reasons. The saltwater can stain and deteriorate the paint on the boat — most boats are made from porous materials, such as fiberglass and resin, through which water can seep. This can result in blisters and eventual delamination of boats’ hulls and other damages to props and shafts. The wear and tear that develops can lead to costly repairs or even losing the boat altogether. Using a boat lift can help you prevent damage to your boat's functional components.
With a boat lift, your boat won’t be knocking around or rubbing against the dock due to fluctuating water levels, heavy wakes, and bad weather. Lifts can help prevent scrapes and other types of damage caused by friction or impact. If a storm comes, a properly configured boat lift could hold your vessel well above storm surge and provide backup protection against sinking in case the bilge pump fails. Also, you may find you don’t need lines or bumpers.
Aquatic life attached to a watercraft in little to no time. Algae, barnacles, mussels, crustaceans, and muck can foul the hull, decrease boat performance, and be difficult to scrape off. Not to mention, propellers and other essential metal parts are subject to faster corrosion and electrolysis if left immersed for long periods of time. Keeping a boat above the waterline prevents the development of corrosion and the growth of algae. A boat lift can also help you preserve the appearance of your boat and avoid having to pay for a brand new paint job.
A variety of factors — from ordinary wear and tear to the large storms Florida is famous for — can weaken boat lifts, especially if they have been in place for an extended period of time. Scheduling regular boat lift maintenance with your St. Augustine marine contractor can help keep boat lifts working in optimal condition.
Through maintenance, specialists can also spot any potential damage and provide prompt repairs to prevent the issue from becoming worse. If your boat lift requires repairs, let professionals with Shore Builders, Inc. take care of it. We have years of experience repairing, maintaining and building new boat lifts.