3. What is better, aluminum lifts or galvanized steel lifts?
In the saltwater environment, marine grade aluminum (6061-T6) offers a greatly increased life expectancy when compared to galvanized steel. When aluminum lifts were first introduced, the primary drawback to aluminum was cost. The large structural shapes needed were hard to obtain. As structural aluminum became more common, the cost of aluminum lifts are now similar to the price of galvanized lifts. Also, the lightweight properties of aluminum allow the contractors to sometimes install our boat lifts without a barge or crane, significantly lowering installation costs. Today there is really no reason to purchase a galvanized lift.