Step By Step Guide…

Which Lift Is Right For You?

Boat lifts live in a harsh environment. A boat lift has to sit out in the Florida sun for its entire life, while bearing a heavy load. Then it is dunked in and out of saltwater and left to sit for long periods at a time!


Special consideration must be taken in building a device that can handle this kind of perilous life.  A BOAT LIFT SHOULD BE DESIGNED TO WITHSTAND THE WORST CASE SCENARIO!


At Honc Docks we don't play sales games. We don't have gimmicks. We don't drastically change our designs every year, hoping that it works this time. We build a common-sense saltwater grade boat lift. We have been doing it for 25 years and we will still be doing it for the next 25 years.


We hope to earn your business!

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Step 1 - What Capacity Lift Do I Need?
The first calculation is the total weight your boat lift needs to lift.

Step 2: Determine Cradle Width

How wide is the boat beam? Add 2’6” to boat beam for cradle width.  If the lift is being placed on existing pilings which do not have 2’ 6” clearance, we can discuss custom options.

Step 3: Does My Boat’s Hull Design Need a Custom Bunk Support?

-Catamaran, step-hull, inboard, keeled need flat bottom custom bunks

-Traditional “V” hull does not

Step 4: Do I Have Any Water Depth Issues?

You must add around 1 ft of depth to the draft of your boat to accommodate the boatlift cradle.  Most canal systems experience 2 ft of tide change.  If you determine that there are water depth issues, we will need to discuss a shallow water cradle system.

Step 5: Consider Future Boats

Are there any larger boats or boats with different hull designs that we should design this current lift to accommodate?

Step 6: Boat Information (if known)


Step 7: Contact Information

Please fill out the form.  We will contact you to discuss the specifics of your project.  All information is strictly confidential.