7. Under what circumstances are beamless boat lifts the better choice?
At first glance, a beamless boat lift may seem the better choice because there is no “top beam” to navigate across when entering the boat or to be seen from the house. While this is true, there is a trade-off for that benefit. When winch-heads are attached to the sides of the pilings, they exert a side-load on the pilings. Therefore, the dock structure and installed pilings (especially external free-standing pilings) need to be installed properly and of sufficient construction to withstand this sideways force. If not, pilings may tend to lean over, or even shift due to the side loading. Our conventional top beam lifts can be set in a “low-profile” configuration, which allows you to use a covered top beam as a boarding platform, while avoiding the side load issues associated with beamless lifts.