Pontoon boat lifts are large structures that hold pontoon boats above the water. They are used to dock pontoon boats in places where regular dry docks are not available, or to keep the boat away from dirty and murky waters. The pontoons are supported on two or three padded racks, often with a cover or vessel for the seat. They also have adjustable leveling legs that can be set to different depths. Pontoon boat lifts are usually electronically operated, although some newer models are fully automatic and remote controlled.
Types of Pontoon Boat Lifts
Kinds of Pontoon Boat Lifts include the following:
Electronic pontoon boat lifts
Electronic pontoon boat lifts run on electric power, usually supplied by heavy-duty or rechargeable batteries. They can be adjusted using controls on the lift, usually along the frames.
Hydraulic pontoon boat lifts
Hydraulic boat lifts are fully automatic, often operated by remote controls from the pontoon boat. The power source is usually self-contained, which eliminates the electrical hazard presented by external sources.
Choosing Pontoon Boat Lifts (Buying tips)
Capacity: Choose a pontoon boat lift that can support the size and weight of your pontoon boat. Lifts usually come in narrow and wide body capacities. Look for a lift that can accommodate your boat, allowing a few inches of clearance from the lift's frame to the pontoons. Durability: Make sure your pontoon boat lift can withstand the high humidities in lake or river areas. The frame should be rustproof and waterproof, and the racks should be thick and rigid to cradle the heavy pontoons without drooping or cracking.