That time you’ve dreamed about for years has finally come: you’ve bought yourself a jet ski, and you couldn’t be happier.
Sunny days on the water are right around the corner, and you can’t wait to hit the waves on your new hog. But first: you need to get it home, and get it geared up with the most perfect of jet ski lifts out there.
Are you unsure which jet ski lift is right for you? Are you unsure how to even choose what’s right for you?
Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about jet ski floating docks, and how to choose the right one for you.
First of all, how big is your jet ski? This is the most important consideration when picking out a jet ski lift. If you buy one that can’t support the weight of your jet ski, it’ll collapse, sending your new prize possession crashing into the water beneath it.
You obviously don’t want that.
You might think that checking the literature given to you when you purchased your jet ski for the dry weight is enough, but you would be wrong.
There are a number of other weight considerations you need to account for when determining the right capacity for your new jet ski lift:
- the dry weight of the jet ski
- the weight of attached gear (seat covers, stuff in the storage bin, etc)
- weight of the fuel in the fuel tank (about 6.3 lbs per gallon)
- the weight of non-factory add-ons
The weight of non-factory add-ons is a big one because it’s easy to overlook! If you opted for any additional attachments or engine upgrades, you’re going to need to add that weight to the dry weight of the machine noted in the brochure. That’s because this dry weight is the weight of the default model.
And let’s be honest, you should add in the weight of the passengers. Even though jet ski lifts are not elevators with the built-in safety features, and your lift owner’s manual will clearly tell you not to ride on your jet ski as the lift goes up or down, we all know that many people will still do it because it is more convenient. Do you want to take the chance of overloading the lift and having it collapse while your passengers are sitting on the jet ski?
Single or Dual?
Although you might only have the one jet ski right now, it’s likely that you’re going to fall in love with it and want another soon. If you have a partner or a family, it’s going to seem even more essential after skiing alone for a few months to get another in the water.
If you see yourself investing in another jet ski in the near future, you might want to consider investing in a dual jet ski lift now. Sure, you could buy a single, but eventually, you’ll need a dual. Then you’re going to be stuck with an installed lift that takes a professional to come out and undo.
Your single lift will also depreciate with age, so it’ll be harder to get your money back by selling it on Craigslist when you decide it’s time to upgrade. Do yourself a favor and go for a dual from the get-go.
You’ll be thanking yourself later when you’re driving a new jetski home, and you’ll already have a place to put it.
Got Your Jet Ski Lifts?
Ready to get your new toy in the water? Get in touch with us to discuss all your jet ski dock lift needs. We love to talk shop, and can help you determine exactly which one you need!
IMM Quality Boat Lifts
Call: (800) 545-5603
17030 Alico Center Rd.
Fort Myers, FL 33967