Why Not an Air Dock?

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An Air Dock is essentially a glorified balloon, or pontoon – a series of inflatable plastic bags are filled with air and lift a boat out of the water. This is fine until you get a hole in one or more of the balloons, or a wind storm tips the whole construction over. With the boat off balance, parts of it can become submerged in water, or even capsize and sink altogether. This type of hull protection solution is not only unstable and dangerous to your boat, it’s pretty expensive as well. If you’re in the mood for some boating horror stories, ask anyone who works in marine salvage what they think of Air Docks. There are stories of the things actually flipping over and dumping the hapless owner’s boat into the sea for no discernible reason.

Just look at those things. Would you really feel safe putting your beautiful new boat on top of a rubber balloon? What if there’s a rip or tear on the bottom, and it becomes overgrown with barnacles?

Scenario: While your boat is unattended, a fishing hook or sharp-beaked sea bird makes a small hole in one of the inflatables, leading it to slowly lose air. Eventually, the stern of your boat ends up underwater for weeks, and the drive becomes covered in barnacles. Even worse, a storm comes and flips the unstable construction over, and your brand new boat sinks to the bottom of the marina.

The problems with Air Balloon Lifts aren’t just practical, but aesthetic as well. They are ugly enough, as well as unsafe enough, to get banned in many places. South-East Florida actually requires a boat owner to file a permit before allowing an Air Dock at a water front property. The fact that these devices need a dock-mounted control station is another complicating factor in getting a permit. For all the hassle, they’re not even that easy to use – they require the operator to align the boat carefully for balance.

Air Dock systems market themselves as simple alternatives to mechanical boat lifts, but you can see that they haven’t exactly succeeded in the task.

Why Hull Protector Boat Lift Alternative?

Hull Protector Boat Lift Alternative keeps your boat dry while it is in the water! Sound too good to be true? Well, Hull Protector is here! protect your boat from growing anything on the bottom. Also protect from electrolysis! With Hull Protector you can leave your boat in the water as long as you want and sustain a perfectly spotless bottom! With this system you don't have to rely on your bilge pumps to keep your boat floating!

Easy to use and maintain…

Hull Protector Boat Lift Alternative is made of materials that can last in saltwater for over 100+ years! The only part on the Hull Protector that ever needs to be serviced is the barrier shield, this can be serviced by bottom cleaning by a boat bottom cleaning technician. If ever damaged, it can be patched or worst case, easily replaced while the boat is still in it!

No inconvenient boat lift operation…

Hull Protector eliminates the need for a boat lift to protect your boat from bottom growth and electrolysis. Boat lifts are usually over $10,000.00, require city permitting to have installed, usually require pilings to be installed and more... Boat lifts hold a lot of weight on thin cables and that is really scary when you are lifting 1000's of pounds! Boat lifts are inconvenient, and take a good amount of time to lower and raise your boat in and out of the water. You also need to align your boat perfectly on a boat lift before you raise your boat out of the water to prevent damaging your boat. Hull Protector can be opened and closed in seconds, Is simply tied to your dock, and eliminates all the stress of a boat lift. This is truly an incredible system.

Save Time and Money…

Antifouling bottom paint is ugly and toxic to marine life. Did you know your boats value can drop 30% after you paint the bottom of it with antifouling paint? With antifouling bottom paint your boat suffers a loss in speed and fuel efficiency. With antifouling bottom paint, your boat needs to be repainted every 6 months to 1 year if left in the water, and your boat bottom needs to be scraped usually by a diver every month in between (this scraping is also toxic to the marine environment)... DID I SAY SCRAPED!?! Hull Protector Boat Lift Alternative protects your boat from all of this...