Choosing the Correct 4-Piling Boat Lift
One of the most popular types of boat lifts is a 4-Piling Boat Lift. Possibly one of the most simple boat lifts, 4-piling lifts use four stand-alone pilings to hang the cable lift system. The pilings are normally located adjacent to a dock or bulkhead. The pilings are not covered and can be a variety of heights. Boat Lift Warehouse carries a few different options of 4-piling lifts to fit your needs.
Boat Lift Warehouse 4-piling Lifts
All of Boat Lift Warehouse’s 4-piling lifts are built for safety, strength, and durability with standard features. The 4-piling lift features an all-welded design and 6061-T6 marine-grade aluminum. This lift also features dual-channel beam support with a concealed pipe drive, aluminum grooved cable winders (optional), and an adjustable choc system. This 4-piling lift boasts stainless steel cables and hardware and individual switches for accurate leveling with weather-resistant enclosures for assurance during extreme weather conditions. We also offer the option of a wireless remote system for this lift that has the longest operating range in the industry. Most importantly, Boat Lift Warehouse’s 4-piling lifts operate quietly and dependably, which is what every boater looks for in a boat lift.
Choosing the 4-Piling Lift with the Correct Capacity
Knowing the overall weight of your boat will allow you to choose the correct weight capacity. The dry weight of your boat or watercraft should be provided in the brochure or specification sheet upon purchase, but it’s also important to keep in mind that water weighs approximately 8 lbs per gallon so you must account for the capacity of your freshwater tanks, wastewater tanks, and any live wells. It’s also important to remember any non-factory additions such as generators, air conditioning units, etc. as well as everything stored in your boat will add to the total weight of your boat. After taking those things into consideration and totaling the weight it is best to err on the side of caution and add in a 20 percent margin of safety.
Another important factor to consider is the length of the cradle beam. The beam is basically the widest part of your boat plus at least a 4-inch cushion on both sides, minimum. If you plan to use guideposts on the lift for your boat it is a good idea to give yourself at least 10-12 inches of cushion on both sides.
Boat Lift Warehouse carries 4- piling boat lifts ranging from 6,000lbs to 24,000lbs. You can shop these lifts at our website or visit our warehouse in Snow, Hill NC. No matter which size 4-piling lift you need, Boat Lift Warehouse has you covered.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2017 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.