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Jet Ski Lifts

Just as a boat lift helps preserve the performance and value of a boat, lifts for a personal watercraft (PWC) help preserve performance and value for your jet ski. A jet ski tends to be taken out for short but more frequent runs; the ease of use a jet ski lift provides can become very important. The easiest jet ski lifts to use are the hydraulic lift and the drive on lift’s. Our customers often tell us that they use their jet skis more frequently when they are easy to launch and to load. 

There are four popular types of jet ski lifts:

A drive-on, floating jet ski lift is braced to a bulkhead and secured with spuds to keep the floating jet ski lift stable while the jet ski is driven onto the float lift.  The rear of the jet ski float is usually tapered down to the water to provide an approach for the jet ski to ease up and on to the floating lift.  Rollers on the floating drive-on lift make it easy to push the jet ski all the way onto the lift and back off into the water. 


A second jet ski lift option is similar to the hydraulic lift for boats but is smaller in size and capacity yet keeps the low-profile design and ease of use with a remote control. This is a very handy option for a single person launching and loading a jet ski.  Hydraulic lifts usually launch and load in a matter of seconds and can be operated with a solar powered 12-volt system. Some hydraulic jet ski lifts have a warranty for salt water applications, while others are only designed for freshwater locations.  


A third option uses a traditional boathouse cable lift with a jet ski cradle in place of a boat cradle to lift two jet skis at once. In many instances a second boat slip can be retrofitted for a jet ski cradle which can accommodate two jet skis.  A cat walk can be built into the cradle between the jet skis to help launch/load and to serve as a maintenance platform.  A common bunk design for a jet ski cradle is to have the bunks for one jet ski several inches higher than the bunks for the second jet ski.  This helps when launching or loading a single jet ski, as it keeps both jet skis from floating off the bunks at the same time, a potential problem for a single person to handle. 
    

The fourth option is the jet ski elevator lift which uses an electric motor (or manual winch), gear drive and cable to lift a jet ski up and down. Some jet ski elevator lifts use a stationary mast that is driven into to slip bottom and braced to the bulkhead which allows the cradle to travel up and down the stationary mast.  Since the mast is mostly below the bulkhead, this is referred to as a low-profile elevator jet ski lift. 



Other elevator designs have the jet ski cradle attached to the bottom of a mast and the electric motor raises and lowers the whole mast/cradle in to and out of the water.  While the jet ski is up, no part of the lift is in the water, the mast however is 10 to 12 feet in the air and may obstruct an otherwise nice view. 

Each of these approaches has its advantages and limitations, Excell Boat Lifts & Docks can help you decide which option is right for you. Give us a call today at (281) 481-5555 to discuss which option is right for you.

 

 

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