HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR LIFT

THE RIGHT FIT FOR RELIABLE, OPTIMAL OPERATION

FIND THE LIFT THAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU

Deciding to purchase a boat lift is an easy decision, since there are so many benefits to doing so.  Not only will a boat lift protect your boat from corrosion and damage, but it is a solid investment that will enhance your waterfront value.  But which boat lift is right for you?  With so many boat lift styles to choose from, making the right choice may seem daunting. We are here to help!  The information on this page will help you narrow your choices and if you are still not sure, reach out to us today!

First off, any RGC lift is a top choice, because all RGC Boat Lifts are constructed from marine-grade aluminum, guaranteed to outlast the competition and look great in the process. Furthermore, RGC has been building boat lifts in the USA for over 75 years, so you know we have the experience you can trust.  Choosing an RGC Boat Lift System means a worry-free, reliable and stylish place to keep your investment secure so you can relax and enjoy your time on the water.

When determining the right boat lift style, it is beneficial to know a few things about your boat, your waterfront and your preferences:

  • Wet Weight of your boat.  See our article "Guide to Boat Lift Weight Capacity" for details on how to determine this.
  • Boat size (Length, width, hull depth)
  • Waterfront depth and fluctuations
  • Building ordinances
  • Your boat lift expectations: Speed, ease of use, maintenance
  • Budget

Have a boat that is 2,000 lbs. or less?  See our " How to Choose Your Small Craft Lift" page.

If you are unsure about any of the above information, we can connect you with a qualified RGC Dealer in your area who can help you determine which boat lift is right for your boat, property and preferences.

HYDRAULIC LIFTS (HL):

The most innovative style of boat lifts is driven by hydraulics offering quiet, smooth lifting at the push of a button.

Hydraulic Boat Lifts perfectly accommodate both shallow (3’) and deeper water installations and ensure smooth and quick lifting and lowering for more time in the water.

  • Our FLEX Hydraulic boat lift features upgraded components, superior strength for large boats and adjustable width bunks for a perfect hull fit.
  • Sits below water level when empty, blending in with the natural environment.
  • Operates quietly so it won't disturb the peace of your surroundings.
  • Deftly cradles larger crafts in smaller marinas without strain.
  • Lifts large yachts with capacities from 6,000 lbs. to 36,000 lbs.
  • The top choice of boat owners to provide fast, easy lifting.
  • Low maintenance hydraulics does not have any winding cables.
  • Welded construction does not require tightening of bolts.
blue speedboat on a hydraulic boat lift above waterline

HYDRAULIC PONTOON BOAT LIFTS:

This premier hydraulic pontoon boat lift is designed specifically to accommodate pontoon and tritoon boats.

FLEX Hydraulic Pontoon Boat Lifts perfectly accommodate heavier, wider boats with smooth and quick lifting and lowering for more time in the water.

  • Our FLEX Hydraulic pontoon boat lift features upgraded components, superior strength for large boats and adjustable width bunks for a perfect hull fit.
  • Sits below water level when empty, blending in with the natural environment.
  • Operates quietly so it won't disturb the peace of your surroundings.
  • Deftly cradles larger crafts in smaller marinas without strain.
  • Accommodates the weight and width of pontoon boats and tritoon boats.
  • The top choice of boat owners to provide fast, easy lifting.
  • Low maintenance hydraulics does not have any winding cables.
  • Welded construction does not require tightening of bolts.
Hydraulic Vertical Pontoon Boat lift with boat canopy

HYDRAULIC VERTICAL LIFT (HVL):

All the benefits of a cantilever hydraulic lift:  fast, smooth, quiet lifting, but offers more flexibility.

Hydraulic Vertical Lifts offer the best of both worlds: Suitable for shallow installation, adjustable for those marinas in which water levels frequently fluctuate and with the speed of a hydraulic lift.

  • Fast lifting and lowering for more time in the water.
  • Smooth, quiet mechanisms won’t disturb natural settings.
  • Easily adjustable for fluctuating water levels.
  • Lifts large boats and yachts up to 10,000 lbs. in weight.
  • Accommodates shallow installations (1' below draft)
  • Low maintenance hydraulics don't have any winding cables
  • Welded construction does not require tightening of bolts.

For the novice pleasure cruiser or the seasoned sea captain, RGC has the lift you’ll need for years of enjoyment on the open water.

Hydraulic Pontoon Lift with boat canopy. and boat dock

VERTICAL ALUMINUM LIFTS (VL):

Offering a higher level of customization, the Vertical Lift is a solid choice that will stand the test of time.

Vertical Lifts keep boats safe and secure in low tidal areas and can be easily adjusted for fluctuating water conditions.

  • Support a large range of hull designs and vessel weight – up to 10,000 pounds
  • Quickly raise and lower your boat without the need for a longer, bulkier frame
  • Customize with various drive options including direct drive remote
  • AC or DC-powered options to best suit your needs
  • Accommodates shallow depths (1' below draft)
  • Easy adjustability is ideal for fluctuating water levels (up to 2’ fluctuations)
  • Welded design enhances low maintenance
  • Easy to assemble and adjust with no special tools required
RGC Marine Vertical Boat Lift with red canopy

HYDRAULIC PLATFORM & SEAPLANE LIFTS:

Offer all the benefits of a hydraulic boat lift and integrate seamlessly with your dock.

Hydraulic Platform Lifts combine our hallmark hydraulic technology with a platform for a streamlined look.

  • Hydraulics provide quiet, smooth raising and lowering of your boat at the push of a button.
  • Offers endless versatility; use for sundecks, jet skis, seaplanes and more.
  • Seamless design that integrates with your dock.
  • Freestanding design is easy to install and remove.
  • Welded design enhances low maintenance
  • Easy to assemble and adjust with no special tools required
Hydraulic float plane Lift with yellow helicopter

RGC's HYDRAULIC PILE MOUNT LIFT:

A permanent solution that offers a large range of flexibility and reliability.

Hydraulic Pile Mount Lifts offer the reliability and speed of hydraulics in a permanent design.

  • Fast, smooth hydraulic power lifts large boats effortlessly.
  • Perfect for fluctuating or deep water installations.
  • Provide fast and quiet entry into the water for more boating time.
  • Top or side mounting options to best suit your environment and space requirements.
  • Nearly invisible in boat houses.
  • Accommodate space restricted waterfronts.
  • Adjustable lifting height, up to 96".
Pile mounted hydraulic boat lift

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RGC | MARINE - 15 YEAR WARRANTY

All RGC Marine Boat Lifts are proudly made in the United States and come with a 15-year limited warranty on materials and workmanship in freshwater applications.