• If this is your first visit to the iboats.com Boating Forums, be sure to check out the FAQ. To post a question or comment, begin by signing up. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below.
  • ALL iboats Forum Members and Guests:
    To show our appreciation for your participation in the Forums, we're offering an exclusive Forums-only discount good for an additional 5% off your iboats.com order for a limited time.
    To redeem, simply call our Customer Service Team at 800-914-1123 (Open M-F, 9am - 8pm Eastern Time) and mention the Forums 5% off discount. Offer excludes engines, trolling motors, and electronics.

Announcement

Announcement Module
Collapse
No announcement yet.

How much does a boat dock with lift cost?

Page Title Module
Move Remove Collapse
X
Conversation Detail Module
Collapse
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts


  • How much does a boat dock with lift cost?

    I'm looking at buying lake property but need to install a dock (permit in place). The dock would be a floating single slip aluminum dock with lift and a party platform on top. Needs to be big enough for my 25' bow rider. Just looking for a ballpark of what this might cost. Thanks for any insight you can give me.


  • #2
    Re: How much does a boat dock with lift cost?

    If you have a floating dock, skip the lift, unless you are exposed to serious waves. A whole lot cheaper, one less thing to go wrong, and your property will look a whole lot better without a giant boat hovering up in the air.
    It's a breeze to moor to a floating dock; fixed docks with tides are a challenge. And with a boat that size, waves won't be a big issue. Design to moor on the lee side of the dock.
    A man of constant boat tinkering.

    Comment



    • #3
      Re: How much does a boat dock with lift cost?

      Cost of the lift is going to depend on the weight rating. Around here, I see 6,000 lb rated lifts for about $5k.

      Get the lift. It will pat for itself in reduced maintenance vs. keeping it in the water. It also makes some work on the boat easier. I have a dock (non-floating) and a lift, and love having the lift. If you do the lift, you probably won't want to have a floating dock.
      1994 Bayliner Capri 1604 w/94 70 Force (sold)
      1984 SportCraft 222 OFF w/84 Mercruiser 488 & Alpha 1
      1979 Sears Gamefisher 13'6" Aluminum w/1959 Johnson 10HP
      1969 Smokin' Hot Wife

      Comment



      • #4
        Re: How much does a boat dock with lift cost?

        I'm a big fan of the lift, as well. I hate that I had to remove mine last year due to low water levels. My Starcraft was sooo much easier to clean than my neighbor's Formula which sat in the water for three months. His boat was brown from the waterline down.

        The wife kept the SeaRay at the marina a few years back. The cost of cleanup and repairs could have paid for a lift.
        1995 SeaRay BR200 5.0 Alpha I "Texas Belle"
        1999 Starcraft Aurora 2415 5.7 Alpha I "MO Belle"

        Comment



        • #5
          Re: How much does a boat dock with lift cost?

          to RENTa slip & lift at our marina is $5500 per year.
          sigpic 1981 Glastron SX-190 300hp 350 SBC
          Living the Dream

          Comment



          • #6
            Re: How much does a boat dock with lift cost?

            Originally posted by golf101 View Post
            I'm looking at buying lake property but need to install a dock (permit in place). The dock would be a floating single slip aluminum dock with lift and a party platform on top. Needs to be big enough for my 25' bow rider. Just looking for a ballpark of what this might cost. Thanks for any insight you can give me.

            My BIL in Lake of the Ozarks,MO. paid $35,000 last year, for a floating aluminum dock, for his 28" pontoon boat. It has a roof, storage room and 2 small slips for jet skis. It has lifts for the boat and jet skis, that you fill up with air to lift the boats out of the water.
            In Florida where I live it is more common to have the electric lifts. I had one put in 8 years ago for $6,000. It included 30 feet of a 4' wide walkway.
            If you decide to have a boat dock and lift installed, it is usually a good idea to have it accommodate as big a boat as you can afford. This way if you decide to get a bigger boat, in the future it will fit your setup.

            Comment



            • #7
              Re: How much does a boat dock with lift cost?

              Originally posted by movinon View Post
              My BIL in Lake of the Ozarks,MO. paid $35,000 last year, for a floating aluminum dock, for his 28" pontoon boat. It has a roof, storage room and 2 small slips for jet skis. It has lifts for the boat and jet skis, that you fill up with air to lift the boats out of the water.
              In Florida where I live it is more common to have the electric lifts. I had one put in 8 years ago for $6,000. It included 30 feet of a 4' wide walkway.
              If you decide to have a boat dock and lift installed, it is usually a good idea to have it accommodate as big a boat as you can afford. This way if you decide to get a bigger boat, in the future it will fit your setup.
              That's pricey. The dock we have is at LOTO, as well. I think $7K would buy a pretty sweet used PolyLift (installed). I agree with building/buying a dock bigger than you need. We are limited, by water level, to the size of boat we can have there. It still would be nice if the dock and the lift weren't a limiting factor.
              1995 SeaRay BR200 5.0 Alpha I "Texas Belle"
              1999 Starcraft Aurora 2415 5.7 Alpha I "MO Belle"

              Comment



              • #8
                Re: How much does a boat dock with lift cost?

                I'm across the street from the sound and don't have direct access to the water so I have to keep my boat on a trailer. But I would MUCH rather have my boat on a lift if I did have that waterfront property. Living in a marine environment is pretty harsh on boats. In a freshwater environment, you still have to consider all the algae you're going to accumulate.

                I just can't see leaving a boat in a slip for months at a time.
                Jay Hanig
                Topsail Beach, NC USA
                1985 Galaxy 176 Bowrider
                "No Good Deed"

                Comment



                • #9
                  Re: How much does a boat dock with lift cost?

                  two words: bottom paint
                  A man of constant boat tinkering.

                  Comment



                  • #10
                    Re: How much does a boat dock with lift cost?

                    My parents purchased a dock and lift two years ago. They are all aluminum, very well built. The docks are fixed alum frame with cedar tops. They have 3-16' sections that were $2400 ea. They also have an aluminum gang plank, again with cedar top, 12' that wsa $1400. The lift is a 4500 lb, bunk style lift, with remotes, dock lighting, and stainless cables. It was $5500.

                    These are made locally in Northern NY. They are excellent quality, but admittedly pricey.

                    Hope that helps.
                    Jon Hunter
                    Marion, NY

                    2006 Procraft 200 Combo with Merc 200 Opti
                    2007 Homemade Duck Boat with Merc 39

                    Comment



                    • #11
                      Re: How much does a boat dock with lift cost?

                      golf101,

                      I assume you will be on lake lanier, I'm on the lake also, thompson creek near athens boat club. A lift is crucial for a keeping a boat on lanier. The warm water is very likely to cause blistering and keeping the bottom clean will save in fuel every outting. As far as the dock goes, you can spend from $5k to $50k. With a lift. Check craigs list for atlanta under boating, there's always a couple of docks for sale. I would also check Martin Boat Docks in Gainesville, they build really nice aluminum docks and always have several trade in. craigs list, atlanta, dock
                      http://atlanta.craigslist.org/search...inAsk=&maxAsk=

                      martin docks
                      http://www.martindocksinc.com/index.php/used-docks

                      Comment



                      • #12
                        Re: How much does a boat dock with lift cost?

                        how can warm water cause blistering? How warm is it--thermal? never heard of such a thing--or of a boat hull that isn't waterproof!
                        And no, you won't save enough money in fuel savings with a slick bottom to pay for a $5000 lift.

                        Lifts, like most boating expenses, are trade-offs for factors of convenience, maintenance (to a small degree) and safe storage. For example, my sister lives across the river from me; my cove is sheltered so I don't need a lift but her side is exposed to weather and wakes, so she does prefer to have one for a 19' boat. I'm happy to have $5000 in the bank and a boat in the water, ready to go. She likes not having to worry about it when she's out of town or when the weather kicks up.

                        There's no right or wrong; it's all about an individual's use, set-up and cash on hand. But I see a lot of newcomers who automatically think a lift is required. It's merely a choice. It's not a bad idea to go through a season without one to see how it goes, unless you are certain your conditions make it necessary. Just don't assume your neighbors know.

                        By the way, I think lifts (or trailers) are the way to go for a second home, when you are not living there to deal with the stuff that happens, usually on a Wednesday night when you are out of town on business!
                        A man of constant boat tinkering.

                        Comment



                        • #13
                          Re: How much does a boat dock with lift cost?

                          Home Cookin
                          You are dead wrong.... Water SURFACE temps reach 100F on southern lakes, especially in the area between floats and the boat. That's one of the reasons the very fine blisters occur right at the water line. If you haven't heard of this, it's just ignorance on your part. And yes this happens on Sea Rays to Gradys. Outdrive Corrosion and permanent hull staining also occur on Southern Lakes, like Lake Lanier, where I assume the OP is planning on purchasing a dock. And $5k is way out of line for a typical lift. Used lifts can be purchased in the Atlanta area for $1500 to $2000, ignorance on your part again. Just how much time have you spent on lakes in the atlanta area? And how many boats have you seen or owned that were dock in the south on freshwater lakes?

                          Comment



                          • #14
                            Re: How much does a boat dock with lift cost?

                            Originally posted by lkbum View Post
                            golf101,

                            I assume you will be on lake lanier[/url]

                            I'm actually looking on Nottely and Blue Ridge. Have a lift in mind because I won't be there all the time but, in season, would like to leave the boat there.

                            Comment



                            • #15
                              Re: How much does a boat dock with lift cost?

                              Golf,
                              Both nice lakes, personally I would never leave a boat in the water. I assume you are aware of the severe fluctuations of these two lakes ( I think over 20' per season is average, Nottely is jokingly reffered to as Not-A-Lake by locals). If you get a lift, a couple of lift manufacturers offer kits that allow them to rest on the ground with the boat still on them. This may be important for you. Depending on the property you look at, the exposed shore during winter may not be so great for lift to sit on even without the boat. If you haven't shopped property on lanier lately, I would take a look. A lot of small affordable places currently on the market. I looked at an acre lot with a small house and a small cabin, great water depth and double slip dock last week for $300k (near warhill park) see link http://www.georgiamls.com/agentsite/...RY&LN=2934939#. I've owned on lanier since 1984 and all things considered, I've never seen prices this low. I know Lanier can get more crowded, but if you choose wisely and have your own place you will find you are never affected by crowded waters. There are docks on Craigs List on occasion for both Nottely and Blue ridge, but not that often.

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X