You’ve decided to go beyond traditional staycations and backyard barbecues and buy a boat. This lifestyle upgrade offers great family fun, but it requires some maintenance to keep your investment looking and performing at its best. A boat that’s docked on a sea coast or lake front throughout the year is harder to clean, and its hull is susceptible to early deterioration by exposure to salt and freshwater. Installing the right boat lift allows you to extend your boat’s life and increase its value to you, your family, and its future owners. Boat lifts come in different styles and configurations, and choosing one can be a daunting task for new boat owners. Here are five factors to consider when selecting a boat lift for your waterfront property.