A Welded Boat Lift – 5 Reasons Why it’s Superior to Bolted Lifts


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Welded Boat Lift frames are better than a bolt-together lift frame and there are at least 5 reasons for that. Most of them center around the reduced maintenance superior strength and durability of welded docks and lifts.





Less Maintenance

You’re going to spend good money when you buy a boat lift.  Why would you want to spend a weekend checking and tightening all of the nuts and bolts on your boat lift just to make sure everything was tight?  We’re pretty sure you don’t.  In that case, we strongly suggest that you purchase a high-quality welded boat lift or dock from ShoreMaster. ShoreMaster welded boat lifts and docks keep you from spending your summer tightening up nuts and bolts after a storm or windy day. Welded boat lifts and docks save you time because they require less maintenance.

Welded Boat Lift Frames Stay True and Square 

A bolt together boat lift will eventually become loose due to normal use and prolonged periods of heavy waves crashing into the frame.  Corrosion of the hardware accelerates this process. If you neglect to tighten a loose bolt on your boat lift, other parts of the boat lift such as the cables, pulleys, winch, or other components can wear prematurely.  This will cause failure of not just one part but several parts at the same time. This can be costly to repair.  It also can make it extremely difficult for you to discover the original source of the failure.

A Welded Boat Lift Canopy Frame Can Save You Hours During Assembly

When it comes to assembling a dock, boat lift, or boat lift canopy, you’ll be glad that you choose a welded product over a bolt together product. Welded products typically take far less time to assemble than a bolt together product. Consider for a moment the assembly of ShoreMaster’s canopy frame can be completed by just one person in as little as 30 minutes because the canopy frame includes just four welded components; two canopy ends and two canopy sides. Other manufacturers may have dozens of components that need to be bolted together.

Bolt Together Boat Lifts Make It Easier To Replace Damaged Parts, But You May Be Less Likely to Need To Replace Parts With A Welded Dock or Lift

That’s right! It is easier to replace parts on a bolt-together dock or lift. This looks like a benefit until you realize it is also more likely that most dock and boat lift parts can become bent and damaged simply by forgetting to tighten a loose bolt on your bolt-together dock or lift.  The ShoreMaster welded docks and lifts do not require replacement of frame parts caused by unusual wear due to loose, missing, or corroded welds. The same can’t be said of bolt-together docks and lifts.

A Welded Boat Lift Offers Higher Resale Value

Because welds are permanent and require no maintenance, you will find that your welded-together dock and lift is more valuable at resale time.  Welds will not rust or corrode like hardware. Potential buyers will be wary of the impending costs to replace worn out or corroded hardware.

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