Living on the water has been a long-time dream of yours. Besides delivering daily spectacular views, your waterfront home gives you the chance to do more kayaking. Kayaking is a proven way to tone muscles, increase weight loss, and reduce stress. However, just like everything else in life, your success with kayaking depends on the level of effort that you put into the activity. The benefits of using a kayak lift help to ensure that kayaking remains a lifelong pursuit. Here are five benefits of employing a kayak lift when launching your craft from your permanent dock.
#1 Safe, Stable Launch
Remember your introduction to kayaking? Capsizing and splashing around in the water was just part of the experience. Today, you find your thrills gliding through the water without getting soaked. Employing a kayak lift at your dock or seawall allows you to safely enter your kayak without the risk of flipping it. The aluminum structure is securely attached to your dock. The lift cradles your kayak while you climb down the ladder and board your craft safely and securely using the lift’s ADA compliant handrail. This is a great option if you want to minimize flipping hazards for kayak photography trips or for winter kayaking.
#2 Built for Comfort
Most kayak lifts feature a ladder that runs straight up the wall, so you climb down with your back to the kayak. It’s hard to board in this position, which is why the unique design of the IMM Quality Boat Lifts kayak launch includes a ladder perpendicular to the dock or seawall. The ladder is also angled slightly, making it much easier to climb than a ladder that is completely vertical. An angled ladder ensures less risk of falling backward while boarding, and especially when returning home tired and shaky. At the foot of the conveniently perpendicular and angled ladder is a large platform with plenty of space to turn around and place all your things.
#3 Accommodates Many Sizes and Styles of Kayaks
You’ve become quite the expert about everything kayaking over the years. After much research, you know the kayak size and configuration that suits your lifestyle the best. Whether you need a kayak that can conquer choppy surf or one that you can easily maneuver in a calm canal, you can get a kayak lift to fit it. Kayak lifts have adjustable bunks that can support kayaks of varying widths. You’ll still be able to use the lift if you upgrade your kayak or have one of those specialty models such as a catamaran kayak. The kayak lifts that are offered by IMM Quality Boat Lifts support up to 1200 pounds of weight.
#4 Easy Re-Entry
Nothing’s worse than taking awesome pictures while kayaking and having your equipment ruined when you try to disembark from the craft. When you use kayak lifts, you can just glide right up to your dock and safely climb up the ladder without getting you or your gear wet.
#5 One-Person Operation
While kayaking can be a good way to socialize with like-minded boaters, sometimes you’ll want to hit the waterway solo. Kayak lifts support solo kayaking trips with easy-to-use functional features and safety mechanisms. You can load your kayak onto the lift, lower it into the water, and glide off to your next adventure without the help of another person who must steady the kayak or hand you gear. Using a kayak lift makes quick work of the bothersome part of kayaking, which is getting into and out of the craft. The hand crank for the manual winch of an IMM Quality kayak lift is installed at 36″, waist height, which makes operation even easier.
#6 Options for Powered Lift Operations
Employing a kayak lift leaves you with more time for paddling and exploring your waterway. Instead of trying to maintain your balance as you enter your kayak, you can simply climb into a stable kayak and lower yourself into the water with a manual or electric winch system. IMM Quality Boat Lifts offers an electric kayak lift that’s solar-powered.
After working hard and playing even harder for the majority of your life, you now want some of the creature comforts that make living more convenient and enjoyable. A kayak lift is one of those items that delivers a fun, hassle-free experience on the water.