Thursday, May 8, 2014

Choosing the Right Size Boat Lift for Your Boat

Here at Summerset Boat Lifts, we specialize in Galva-Hoist floating boat lifts.  Galva-Hoist is engineered at the lake for The Lake…Lake of the Ozarks. The Galva-Hoist is extremely capable of withstanding the roughest waters here at the lake. No matter what brand of boat or dock you have, the Galva-Hoist at the Lake of the Ozarks provides great value and performance.  Now your only challenge is deciding what size lift you need for your boat. has a great list of things to consider.

Find the Overall Weight 

When determining the weight of your boat, you need to account for many other things besides just the dry weight of the unit.  You need to think about all the extras you have added since you bought it such as fuel, gear, non-factory additions and additional water on board.  This will give you a more accurate weight allowing you to choose the correct capacity for your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift.  
  • The dry weight of your watercraft is usually provided on the specification sheet for the unit.  If not, visit to find the information you need.  Remember that the dry weight listed typically doesn't account for outboard motors.  
  • Depending on the temperature, type and blend, gasoline weighs 5.91 to 6.42 lbs per gallon.  With this information and the capacity of your fuel tank, you can get a rough estimate on how much weight a full fuel tank will add to your watercraft.   
  • Be sure to account for all the extra things you have stored in your boat such as skis, wakeboards, anchors, etc. 
  • Non factory additions also need to be accounted for.  This includes anything not installed from the factory like wakeboard towers, bimini tops or additional seating.  
  • Water weighs 8.34 lbs per gallon, so be sure to account for any live wells, ballasts or sacks that may be full when lifting your watercraft. 

Find the Beam 

Once you have determined the lift capacity, you need to find the beam.  The beam of a boat, pontoon or PWC is the most extreme width or breath of the watercraft.  Basically its the widest portion of your boat.  Once you've figured that out, you can determine the inside width needed to easily park your boat on the lift.  Its always a good idea to give yourself a cushion of about 10-12 inches. 

At Summerset Boat Lifts, we pride ourselves in service.  We are here to help you choose the right size for your boat lift at the Lake of the Ozarks.  From personal watercraft lifts all the way to custom 46,000 lb lifts, we've got you covered.  Visit our website to view our new and used boat lift options. Be sure to check out the Galva-Hoist and its exclusive dealer on the Lake of the Ozarks...Summerset Boat Lifts!

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