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How Does a Floating Boat Lift Work?

A lot of people are switching to all things floating when it comes to their waterfronts. Floating docks and floating lifts seem to be a top pick lately for lakefront owners. It's hard to imagine them holding up the weight of your heavy boat. So, just how does a floating boat lift work? We're here to explain just how they work and what's so great about them.

How a Floating Boat Lift Works

A floating boat lift does the same thing as any other boat lift does - it lowers your boat in and out of the water and keeps your boat out of the water when you are not using it.


Floating boat lifts are equipped with air-tight buoyant pontoons that displace water which allows the lift to float on the water. These pontoons are usually made of polyethylene or another stable material. They're either hollow or filled with expanded polyethylene that would keep them floating even if they were to get punctured.


The boat lift stays in place by either being anchored in place or is connected to a floating boat dock, which is normally the case.


The way the boat is able to go up and down all has to do with air. When the boat is on the lift, it forces air out of the tanks to lower the boat into the water. When it is time to lift the boat out of the water, the air gets pumped back into the tanks to raise the boat back up.


Floating Boat Lift Benefits

Like we said, floating boat lifts are becoming more and more popular, and for good reason.


They are easily installed and removed for boaters that want to remove it during the winter months.


They are also great for deep or fluctuating water levels. Since they are able to float they will automatically move with the water level.


Next time you're considering a new boat lift, ask your local dealer about their floating lift options.


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