BOAT LIFT FAQs

We understand that having a boat is a large investment and the protection of that investment should be taken seriously. Our customers come to us with a lot of questions about boat lift systems while researching, so we have compiled and answered a list of the most common questions. If you have any further questions specific to your situation, contact us for more information!

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What is a boat lift?

A boat lift is an apparatus that is bolted onto a dock and is used to raise your boat up and out of the water when you’re not using it for the benefit of protecting your boat for as long as possible.

How does a boat lift work?

The way Econolift boat lifts work is by acting as an air/water displacement type. The system bolts to the dock, either from the front or on the sides and an air tank, and air is either pumped in or vented out. The more air capacity you pump into the tank, the more weight you can lift out of the water, ranging from 4,500 to 25,000 lbs. Alternatively, the more air you vent out of the tank, it will then sink into the water.

Is a boat lift easy to operate?

Boat lifts are very easy to operate. All you need to operate is one handle and one switch and you’re good to go!

Why do I need a boat lift?

You need a boat lift if you want to protect your investment, if you’re someone who has spent thousands of dollars on a boat, then you need to take all of the proper precautions to ensure it’s protection for years to come.

How do I care for my boat lift?

There is very little maintenance in the care of your boat lift. You will need to check it every 5-6 years for standard upkeep, making sure all the nuts and bolts are tight or that the motor is in good condition.

How easy is it to install a boat lift?

We would always suggest that you have a boat lift installed professionally. For someone who has done it for years, it’s simple. However, for someone who is new to the boat lift system, it requires a lot of complex and large equipment that is not easily handled. We have many years of experience installing boat lifts, so contact us to help you.

How long does it take to lift the boat out of the water? To put the boat back in the water?

Three and a half to five minutes for both putting it in and taking it out of the water.

How do you get the boat on and off the floating lift?

To put it on the floating lift, first, you have to get the boat into position by holding the boat about a foot away from the dock and try to get it aligned to the middle as you can. Once it’s in the best possible position, you make sure the valve is open and then flip the switch which will start pumping air into the tank. When you want to put it back in the water, you turn the handle downward and it will vent and let it down on its own. You don’t even need to turn the motor on!

What is the warranty?

There is a lifetime warranty on the tank to the original purchaser. Additionally, we have a five year warranty on all the galvanized metal parts, and a year on the motor.

How long will a boat lift last?

You might need to do some minor maintenance work over the years, but overall, your boat lift should last at least 25 years.

Do I need to be concerned about how deep the water is to install a boat lift?

With 4500 and 6500 lb lifts, you need about 3 ½ to 4 ft. of water. If it weighs more than that, it might require deeper water. Contact us for more information custom to your situation.

What materials are your lifts made of?

Tanks and the motor boxes are made out of polyethylene plastic and the tanks are rotationally molded. The metal parts are American-made steel. Finally, the bunks are made with marine-grade, treated lumber.

Can a boat lift be moved from one boat dock to another?

Yes, it can be moved.

Does cold water and ice affect the boat lift?

Cold water and ice don’t affect it. The plastic tank is more pliable and is flexible with the contraction and expansion of the ice.

Will a floating dock scratch up the hull of my boat?

No, it will not scratch the hull.

Is electricity needed to use the floating lift?

Yes, about 110 volts is used for the motor only when pumping or venting air.

Do I need a permit for a boat lift?

No.

Contact us if you have any more questions!