ENHANCE YOUR WATERFRONT BY MICHAEL VATALARO
TIME TO GIVE YOUR BOAT A GOOD LIFT?
There are a lot of advantages to keeping your boat out of the water —
here are three new and innovative ways to do it
past spring, the
EZ-Dock is a grownup version of their
drive-on PWC lifts.
docks like those from
EZ-Dock and others
offer great flexibility
in designing a home
for your boat. A chief
advantage is the ability to add “sidewalks” on either side of your lift, giving you 270-degree access to the boat
while it is out of the water.
The EZ-BoatPort lets you power on and off in boats up to 25 feet in length, weighing up to
5,000 pounds, in as little as two feet of water. The polyethylene material keeps maintenance
to a minimum and additional flotation is available using an air-displacement float tank to
increase capacity. Rollers and bunks are adjustable and can accommodate deadrise angles up
to 21 degrees. www.ez-dock.com
This Innovation Award-winning lift by Sunstream combines the advantages of a drive-on dock
system, notably composite construction that’s impervious to salt and sun, and a displacement lift. The V-shaped cradle raises and lowers quickly, thanks to a blower motor in each of
the four sections, lifting your boat out of the water in less than two minutes, and launching
it in as little as 75 seconds. The DC-electric blowers are connected directly to each air chamber, so there are no hoses that
can leak, and no power pack to
mount on the dock.
In fact the V-Lift doesn’t
require any hardware to attach
to a dock; simply cleat it off
as you would your boat. The
batteries can be charged by
shore or solar power and it fits
in slips as narrow as 10 feet.
Activate the lift with a key-fob
remote, and you’re on your way.
At the other end of the spectrum is the
Kayak Dock from Versadock. The Kayak
Dock is a long narrow berth for your ‘yak
complete with rollers to make it easy to
get on or off. The Kayak Dock allows you
to get in and out while preventing the
kayak from rolling or tipping. No more
balancing act dockside.
Versadock builds their floating docks
out of square units — you can build
basically any shape you need, sort of like
a floating game of Tetris. If you watched
a lot of Olympic rowing, you may have
seen some of this UK-based company’s
handy work in the background. They
supplied drive-on docks for the London
police water patrols. The Kayak Dock can
also be outfitted to handle dinghies or
rowing shells. www.Versadock.com