Marine Specialties Inc. Frequently Asked Questions

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Why is aluminum a good dock choice? Doesn't it rust?

Marine grade aluminum has a tensile strength similar to steel but is more versatile, corrosion resistant, and low maintenance. Aluminum naturally reacts with oxygen to create a hard and durable aluminum oxide coating, preventing further oxidation and increasing longevity.

Wahoo Docks is owned and run by engineers. We work closely with our clients to understand their objectives and needs. Through extensive research and development, advanced engineering principles, and decades of marine experience, Wahoo Docks has created a patented Category 5 boat dock system with over 45 proprietary castings. You may find pieces of our patented designs on competitor’s aluminum docks, but only a Wahoo Dock includes the primary facets and benefits of our full design.

Don’t be fooled by imitators on such a major investment. Only a Wahoo aluminum floating dock will include our patented boat dock features.” ~Tim Osby, owner and founder of Wahoo Docks.

What is the difference between galvanized steel & painted steel docks?

Painted Steel docks will rust, show their age quickly and require a lot of maintenance. Galvanized docks will take much longer to rust and require maintenance.

Why do some docks and ramps bounce and swing when people walk on them?

This is not a problem on Wahoo aluminum boat docks. The engineering department at Wahoo goes to great lengths to make a strong, stable and engineered aluminum boat docks product. Our gangways do not swing and bounce like the competitors. Some ramps are just plain dangerous to walk on. Do a comparison and walk on a Wahoo, it is simply the best in the industry.

Why buy a boat lift?

by Ron Martin, Sales Manager

A boat lift helps you to protect Your Investment. A HydroHoist® Boat Lift prevents your boat from hitting the dock during heavy wake or inclement weather, controls water osmosis in the hull of the boat and protects boat and outdrive from electrolysis.

A boat lift also helps you even further reduce the maintenance for aluminum boat docks. Since your boat sites out of the water, this helps keep the hull clean and prevents marine growth from accumulating on the outdrive. With the boat lifted, the hull can easily be sprayed off and wiped down. A HydroHoist® Boat Lift and keeps the boat looking new for years to come.

It also helps to ensure you are always ready to go. With a HydroHoist® Boat Lift, you have immediate access to the water. This is yet another reason, this option is far superior to trailering or dry stack storage.

Why Buy the HydroHoist® UltraLift2?

There are a lot of boat lift companies out there—there always have been. Some have tried to copy our products; others have tried to claim our benefits. But none have ever come remotely close to winning the loyalty, the confidence, and the trust, as HydroHoist® Boat Lifts. HydroHoist® products have the strongest and most established name in the boat lift industry – and with proper installation – require little or no maintenance.

Critical to the success of our product is the reputation HydroHoist® has earned in the past 45 years. That reputation is built on quality products, backed by the strongest warranty in the business, with a commitment to continuing technical advancement. There are three primary components to a floating boat lift, the tanks, the frame, and the control.

The UltraLift2 tanks are engineered and manufactured by HydroHoist® specifically for a HydroHoist® Boat Lift. They are a seamless one-piece polyethylene design that allows all steel components to be out of the water when the hoist is in the raised position. Our patented snap-on attaching brackets eliminate any through holes in the tanks and allow for positive locking on top to prevent the tanks from twisting or spinning assuring a level operation at all times.

The UltraLift2 frames are hot dipped galvanized, and all of the pivot/stress points feature cast parts. These cast parts guarantee exact, uniform fit and are High-Strength Low Alloy (HSLA) steel making them stronger than carbon steel parts. The frame is assembled using positive through bolts and no set screws.

The UltraLift2 Control assembly uses the Electrolux motor which has the highest cubic foot (CFM) per minute rate. The control is engineered to maximize air flow reducing the operation time in half, is 50% quieter than the competition and requires a smaller foot print on the dock giving you better and safer walking access.

Whether you compare the individual components, or the assembled hoist, you simply can’t buy an equal product at any price.

What's so good about a HydroHoist boat lift?

HydroHoist a 35 year-old company with its own engineering staff. This company created the first boat lift and is still the industry leader for creating the best boat lifts and jet ski lifts that money can buy. HydroHoist also stands solidly behind their products. Ask any HydroHoist boat lift owner and they’ll tell you… HydroHoist lifts are the best there is!

What's the difference between HydroHoist boat lifts and the competition?

There are so many up-graded components that HydroHoist uses. For example:

  • The style of the tanks, designed to give added strength to the plastic.
  • The increased hose diameter allows HydroHoist to be the fastest moving boat lift. It cuts the wait time almost in half.
  • The new arm components have more than doubled the strength of the arm. The competitors are still using old off the shelf parts. HydroHoist has proven their strength dominance through extensive testing. The others simply do not know any better. These are just a few reasons why HydroHoist is the leader.

Can a HydroHoist boat lift be converted to pick up a pontoon boat?

If you have a HydroHoist Boat Lift, YES it can be converted to pick up a pontoon boat. By simply changing the pads on your boat lift, it can easily lift your pontoon boat.

Can a boat lift be moved from one boat dock to another?

Sure you can move a boat lift from one dock to another. Keep in mind the slip size… if your new slip is larger, you may need to add some parts. I would not attempt to do this on you own. You would be surprised at how many people try this and sink their boat lift. Call a professional it is well worth it.

How much water do I need for a boat lift to work?

This is a great question. The average HydroHoist Boat Lift uses 4.5 feet of water to operate. Keep in mind, this is giving you enough room to float your boat over the pads of the boat lift. Most competitors will tell you how much water it takes to just get their pads wet and leave off the amount of room it takes for your boat to float over the boat lift. If you purchase a HydroHoist Shallow Water Lift, it will only take 3ft of water to operate. It is one of the best shallow water lifts in the industry.

Does the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers say Lake Lanier water releases will increase?

Lake Lanier is expected to begin dropping up to half foot per week, beginning October 29th, 2012. The months of September and October are typically the driest months in the year. It is expected that the water levees at Lake Lanier will continue to decline as drought conditions persist throughout the southeast.

How much material/silt can a single homeowner remove for their dock, seawall, or waterfront area?

On Lake Lanier, a single homeowner can remove up to 5000 cubic yards of silt. Remember… you can only remove silt from the shoreline – you are not to remove the hard-pan. Silt can be usually be determined by using a steel rod and pushing it into the ground until you reach resistance.

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