Driving a boat might seem daunting at first, but it quickly becomes one of your favorite hobbies and the best way to relax once you get the hang of it. At least, it did for me.
When I bought my first boat, the salesman at the shop told me that I would need to get a dock constructed outside by Lake House so I wouldn’t be paying the slip fee at some marina for life. It proved to be a great piece of advice because I was able to keep my boat close to me and kept up with its maintenance.
I chose a floating dock because the water level in my area keeps fluctuating, and the lake’s depth is more than 4′. Every weekend, my kids would ask me to have lunch on the lake, and my wife would pack us sandwiches and other snacks. We would stay out till sundown, do some fishing and then have the catch of the day for dinner.
The floating dock was a great choice, but I was still afraid that my boat might get damaged by the high waves. Although professionals had installed the floating dock, I couldn’t stop thinking about if I could do anything more.
After a thorough search online, I finally found what I was looking for: A boatport.
What’s a Boatport?
A boatport is a platform that keeps your watercraft high and dry. It’s a stable and simple drive-on and drive-off platform that not only holds the weight of the boat but also keeps it safely tucked away from water.
The best thing about boat ports is that they are available in different sizes, going up to 5,000 lbs. It has changeable bunks that can be removed easily to accommodate multiple hull shapes from deep-Vs to flat bottoms. So, if you have watercraft like jet boats, fishing boats, and skiffs, you should look into getting a boatport on the heavy side.
With the addition of side extensions, you can have a walk-around room, which will give you access to your boat sides for maintenance, cleaning, and proper covering.
I thought my forklift was of no use now, but it proved its worth when we went on vacation next month. After driving my boat on it, I used the forklift to pick up the platform and my watercraft out of the water since a boatport is moveable.
Once you have had a dock installed, you will find these small solutions quite beneficial. Just make sure to pick accessories that you know will be used or waste your money because such products are expensive.
Visit the EZ Dock website for floating docks and other solutions. They also have do-it-yourself docks, covered floating docks, industrial floating docks, kayak launches, etc. You can even get your existing dock customized with additions. For a quote and more information, call on (800) 654-8168.