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Pontoon Boat Lift - Basics of Boat Lifts

By: Ilse Hagen | Mar 29 2010 | 304 words | 1724 hits

A pontoon is a type of boat that is used as small ferries to take people across the river or lake. When they are not in use, they need to be docked in a regular dry place as they are easier to maintain when they are not constantly soaked in dirty water. To remove the boat from the river, a pontoon boat lift is used. This is a large structure that works to hold the pontoon boats above water.

The pontoon is usually supported by three padded racks that come with a cover to accommodate the seat. Pontoon boat lifts are also composed of adjustable levelling legs that users can set to varied depths. The device is typically powered by electricity but the newer models are now fully automatic and even controlled remotely.


There are two types of pontoon boat lifts according to the type of energy that powers them. The electronic pontoon boat lift is powered by electricity that comes from rechargeable or heavy duty batteries. This type of boat lift has controls that let the user adjust it when moving the pontoon out of the water. The controls are mainly located along the frames.

On the other hand, the hydraulic lifts are automated. They are operated through remote controls that are located inside the pontoon boats itself. Power source is self-contained thereby minimizing the risk of electrical accidents.

Buying guide

When choosing a pontoon boat lift, you need to consider the capacity and durability of the product you're looking at. The lift should be able to support the weight and the size of the pontoon boat it is supposed to carry. It is also important to make sure that the lift can withstand high humidity that is characteristic of river areas. Go for a rustproof and waterproof frame with racks that are rigid enough to cradle the pontoon.

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