If you own a boat lift, then you probably know a thing or two about them, but whether or not you own one or several and consider yourself a historical buff on boating in the last century, here are a few interesting ‘tid bits’ we hope you’ll enjoy reading!
Did you know that boat lifts used to be called ‘davits’, a contraption which, before 1970, was used to lift most boats out of the water? A davit system contained a front and a rear cable that connected to the eyes of the boat. The arms of the davits were connected to something sturdy like the pier or the deck. It was the turning of a winch that then brought the boat up out of the water. Outdated though they are, these davit systems are still used in some parts of the world today.
Did you know that boat lifts support the boat from underneath, contrary to the cables used on a davit system? Unlike boat lifts that cradle the keel of a boat on a lifting platform, the older style system had the potential of putting a strain on the rib part of the boat.
Did you know that In the 1980’s, boat lifts underwent significant change in their design overall which was what caused the lift system swept over the world with great popularity leaving the davit system a relic of the past?
Did you know that during the 1980’s and early 1990’s, galvanized steel davits were replaced by aluminum because aluminum is more resistant to corrosion?
Did you know that since the early 1980’s, boat lifts have gone through many design changes to improve the cradling system?
Did you know that hydraulic methods were found to be cost prohibitive and more difficult to maintain around salt water so the preferred boat lifts along coastal waters became cable lines attached to sea walls or mounted supports.
Did you know that the boating industry has seen large advancements in technology in the past couple of decades giving boat manufactures new methods, materials and designs which improve the ways in which boats can be protected, painted and repaired out of water with minimal damage to structure or surfaces that were always a challenge in the past?