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The Disadvantages of Foam-Filled PWC Lifts

Owning a PWC has never been easier than today due to the introduction of floating PWC lifts. Many varieties of PWC lifts are offered by many manufacturers, including EZ Dock‘s EZ Port series. These lifts are designed to be stand alone or attached to a dock, and can have a jet ski simply drive on when docking and roll off when getting out on the water. However, a customer might become overwhelmed by all the choices available when buying a PWC lift and purchase one they end up regretting down the line. Today, we’re here to help offer our advice on what type of PWC Lift you might be looking for.

Types of Floating PWC Lifts

To start off with, let’s talk about the material that a floating PWC lift is typically made out of. Most floating lifts on the market today are made out of a high-density polyethylene plastic. This means they can come in many different sizes and colors, including beige, grey, blue, or brown. When purchasing a PWC lift, you’re going to want to be sure that you’re buying a product that is made to last. You don’t want to buy something that is not durable, has thin plastic walls, or design defects that will lead to that plastic cracking or splintering due to stress. Here at Deaton’s Waterfront Services we offer EZ Dock, a dock that is made to last 20 years. EZ Dock will not only be maintenance-free, but also worry-free.

The next thing to look at when deciding on what product is perfect for your PWC to sit on is the rollers. You want to make sure that your lift will have plenty of well placed rollers that fit your hull to make it easier to slide on and off. For example, the EZ Port MAX 2i features 12 adjustable rollers that can be made to fit any make or model of PWC. This makes sliding your PWC on and off the dock easy as sliding a sock on and off your foot!

Finally, the last thing you want to know about is the material inside the lift. The best ports are constructed out of durable material and are roto-molded. A roto-molded port will be durable to hold up throughout the worst weather, but won’t be too heavy to sink. This is where we are going to talk about the other type of PWC lift, a foam-filled one.

Disadvantages of Foam-Filled Ports

A foam-filled port will bring nothing but worry along with it. While they may claim to offer more durability than a port without foam, we have found the difference to be minimal. A foam-filled port will have a lot of extra weight to it, which will lead to the port gradually sinking into the water to end it’s lifetime. In our experience, foam-filled products typically work great for a year before the problems begin. We often find that the air pockets between the port and the foam will get filled and start to sink it.

A foam-filled product also will have negative effects on the environment. Typically the foam will eventually start leaking out of the product and leaving thousands of tiny foam beads in the water. Fish will see these beads and try to eat them, causing them to get ill.

Expert Advice From Deaton’s

Whenever you are in the need for information regarding improving your waterfront experiences, you can always turn to us at Deaton’s Waterfront Services. Our expert staff are ready to help you make the right decisions regarding boat lifts, docks, or sea walls to help you come away knowing you made a great choice. If you are ever in the need for assistance, feel free to contact us or give us a call at (317)747-4933.