Do You Really Need Adjustable Leveling Legs for Boat Lifts? (Repost)

This is a repost of a blog previously shared a while ago but is still incredibly relevant. Read on to learn more about adjustable level legs – often called screw legs – and if or when they are applicable for your boat lift or waterfront system.

Adjustable Boat Lift Screw LegsYou may not need them. That’s right, unless your water depth continuously fluctuates throughout your boating season you probably don’t need adjustable leveling legs for your boat lift. Wouldn’t it be a shame to pay for a boat lift that incorporates adjustable leveling legs into the boat lift design, when you don’t have a need for them? Some boat lift manufacturers are incorporating adjustable leveling legs into their boat lift design which forces customers to pay for them, even when they don’t have a need for them.

By incorporating adjustable leveling legs into every boat lift, these manufacturers are also adding to the boat lift owners’ maintenance burden, all for a boat lift accessory that may not be required by the consumer. ShoreMaster offers add-on adjustable leveling legs for their boat lifts, so ShoreMaster boat lift customers aren’t required to pay for, or maintain an accessory that they may not need, and, ShoreMaster’s adjustable leveling legs can be added onto existing ShoreMaster boat lifts, that a win for current and future boat lift customers.

You may not need them as much as you think you will. Even if your lakeshore experiences moderate water depth fluctuation throughout your boating season, you will likely find that you don’t need adjustable leveling legs as much as you think you do. For instance; if your water depth slowly drops by about 12 to 18” over the course of a boating season, you may be able to accommodate for the drop in your lakeshore’s water depth, by simply changing where you position your rack beam for entry and exit. For instance; if your starting water depth is anywhere near 4’, and you are using a vertical boat lift, you will likely be able to overcome an in-season water drop of about 12” simply by lowering your boat lift’s rack (not the entire lift) an additional 12” to allow entry and exit of your boat lift. It’s that simple, there may be no need to adjust the overall height of your boat lift at all. And unless your water depth is different from season to season, you probably will not need to adjust your lift legs after your first install. Why pay for something that will require more maintenance year after year if you really don’t need it?

They are not as adjustable as you might think. Adjustable Leveling Legs for boat lifts provide some conveniences that work well for a few boat lift owners, however it is important to note that consumers should always make sure that the amount of travel in any leg leveling system offered by their boat lift manufacturer is adequate for their seasonal water depth fluctuation. After all, built in boat lift leveling legs will do you no good if they don’t provide an adequate amount of travel.

Boat Lift AccessoriesThe Case for Add-On Boat Lift Accessories

It’s pretty difficult to improve on the time-tested design of a boat lift like ShoreMaster’s vertical DVS boat lift. That’s because a boat lift’s design should be simple, extremely durable, and should not burden its owner with constant maintenance and tightening of bolts just to keep it together, and working properly. The evolution of a boat lift should be in its “add-on” accessories designed to meet the needs of specific customers. When you incorporate a boat lift accessory like adjustable leveling legs, into the design of the boat lift, you force the accessory on customers that may not need it, and reduce the boat lift’s overall simplicity.

Along with this reduction in boat lift simplicity comes more potential for problems, more need for maintenance, and less value for the customer. Unless your innovation is something that benefits all of your customers, you are just forcing them to pay for things they will never use.

With ShoreMaster’s Adjustable Boat Lift Screw Legs, you can always add an adjustable leg leveling system as you need it. This way, ShoreMaster ensures that you are not spending your money on a boat lift accessory that you don’t need, and wasting your time maintaining an accessory that you didn’t require in the first place. 


Exclusive Gray Options for Absolutely Stunning Docks

Lately, there has been a rise in popularity for grey color schemes in interior design and home décor. It’s the hottest new neutral color for the home. Homeowners across the country have embraced gray for everything – throw pillows, wall color, appliances, fixtures, furniture, and more. And now, thanks to ShoreMaster, they can have it on their dock (in a variety of options) as well.

This season we introduced many gray options for our dealers and consumers. Gray Oak Woodgrain decking. Gray Vertex decking. Gray Glacier flow-through decking. Gray furniture options. Gray benches. Even our sister brand, Rhino Marine Systems, is now offering Gray Front Mount RhinoLifts.

While on the surface gray may seem like a somber color homeowners (and dock owners) love gray as it plays so well with other colors and provides a warmer environment than white. Gray offers a neutral color palette that highlights other colors very well. Especially at all the colors present at the lake – the canopy, the landscaping, blue skies and water (gray goes GREAT with blues – especially ShoreMaster blue), and more.

One of ShoreMaster’s biggest advantages in the dock market has always been the number of options that we provide buyers with in terms of decking and accessories – these new color choices put yet another opportunity for dock owners – one that no one else is offering. If you haven’t had a chance yet to check the new gray options check out the gallery below – or better yet, stop in to a dealership and ask about our new gray options.


Removable Deck Panels Provide Superior Strength, Convenience and Personalization

ShoreMaster dock systems are different than all other docks on the market in so many ways. One of the most distinct ways is that we offer removable decking and the industry’s most decking options (11 choices to be exact). But when other manufacturers are permanently attaching their decking to the dock frame, why does ShoreMaster utilize removable decking panels.

The first – and probably most important reason – because we can. The strength and stability of our Infinity Dock Systems is built into the dock frames themselves. We don’t have to rely on the decking attachment to provide the systems support. We utilize premium, precision welding, center stringers, and superior truss and rail side construction to ensure that our dock frames will stand up use-after use, season-after-season.

The second reason we feature removable decking is that its easier on our DIY dock system owners. Removable decking means a lightweight system, which makes our dock systems easier to assemble, install and remove. Because of our design and construction we can offer industry-leading strength and stability without all the extra weight of the decking.

Another reason we do it is that removable decking means easier ownership. You can upgrade when you want for a fresh look (at a fraction of the cost of a complete new system). And while you might lose a panel in a nasty Summer storm, its easily replaced (and replacing a panel is better than needing to replace the whole section – isn’t it).

And lastly (more certain not least), removable decking allows for more options. Our dealers are able to easily carry and offer 11 different decking options and 4 models of docks (learn more about individual decking and dock systems). That’s 44 unique setups available. No other dealer network or manufacturer is able to offer that kind of personalized and customized waterfront experience. #yourdockyourway


Introducing Gray Oak Aluminum Decking – A ShoreMaster Exclusive

Gray is in and we’ve got it!

For years, property owners have appreciated the maintenance-free beauty of premium woodgrain aluminum decking from ShoreMaster. Now they can enjoy the same style and performance with our exclusive new gray oak pattern.

In order to discover the perfect color for the outdoors, we went indoors for inspiration – and chose one of today’s most popular colors in interior design. It’s classy, contemporary and the ideal way to lend a modern touch to your waterfront.

The advantages of ShoreMaster woodgrain aluminum decking are found in the details. The secret lies in our painting process. We apply an artistic, non-repeating pattern to every board for a rich, realistic appearance. It’s random, just like Mother Nature herself. We also powder-coat the aluminum, making it durable and maintenance-free – because you want to enjoy your dock and not work on it.

Our aluminum decking is also lighter and stronger than real wood, which makes dock installation easier than ever. Your dock will never rot or warp, giving you a timeless look year after year. Plus, the unique treaded surface provides slip-resistant safety and comfort.

So whether you choose your aluminum woodgrain decking in the new gray oak or our traditional oak, you’ll love its worry-free performance and one-of-a-kind beauty. Design your dream waterfront system with ShoreMaster.

YOUR DOCK. YOUR WAY!


NEW Premium Dock Furniture from ShoreMaster and Homecrest Outdoor Living

ShoreMaster is excited to announce the launch of our premium dock furniture which offers a truly customized dock experience.

Enjoy your waterfront more from the comfort of  your dock system. Our premium furniture are easy to add, remove and adjust for a beautiful look and relaxing atmosphere.

Our NEW premium dock furniture, from Homecrest Outdoor Living, offers you a truly unique dock experience – one that you’d expect from a ShoreMaster system. Available in 5 chair fabric options – with coordinating umbrellas – you get furniture that matches the unique style of our waterfront space.

Our new dock furniture utilizes a model design and versatile Hickory finish. The chairs feature a swivel rock functionality for the ultimate in comfort and relaxation on the dock. The 24″ round table offer an attractive, functional space for drinks, books, and more. While the umbrella (in coordinating fabrics) offers shade on even the hottest Summer days. All pieces feature all-aluminum construction for durability and longevity, and are a part of our QuickConnect line-up meaning easy installation, removable and configuration. Its your dock, make it work for you!

ShoreMaster Premium Dock Furniture Swatches
Find a dealer location near you or a boat show
in your area to learn more and experience the ShoreMaster difference for yourself.

 


QuickConnect: Paddleboard, Kayaks, Canoes and More

All this month we are featuring our QuickConnect accessory system and premium line-up of dock accessories. Our exclusive ShoreMaster QuickConnect accessory system takes the hassle out of customization and allows your dock system to evolve as your needs change. This week we are featuring some of our water-sport accessories like our QC Rack and Fishing Rod Holder – both of which all for easier use and storage of your water-sport accessories so you can spend more time enjoying the water.

QC RackQC Paddleboard/Canoe/Kayak Rack

Spend more time out on the water and less time getting your equipment down to the water with our QuickConnect storage rack. Store your paddleboard, kayak, canoe, wakeboard and more right on the dock. Our QuickConnect bracket attaches anywhere along the perimeter of the dock so you’ll water-sport toys are already down at the lake for easy access (no more hauling board down the shoreline). The accessory brackets extend out over the water (off the dock) so you aren’t sacrificing any of your valuable dock space either (its a win-win).

Single and double (shown) rack options are available and the versatile design can accommodate nearly any water-sport equipment.

 

FIshing Rod HolderQC Fishing Rod Holder

Fishing off the dock can be more relaxing then ever now with the Fishing Rod Holder. Attached the rod holder anywhere along the perimeter of the dock system using the QuickConnect accessory bracket and the slide the rod into the holder. It provides easy access when a fish is on and hand-free fishing while you wait for the next big bite. Pair the fishing rod holder with our furniture or benches for the most comfortable, convenient evening of dock fishing! Now if only we could guarantee a big catch!


QuickConnect: Safe and Easy Access to the Water

All this month we are featuring our QuickConnect accessory system and premium line-up of dock accessories. Our exclusive ShoreMaster QuickConnect accessory system takes the hassle out of customization and allows your dock system to evolve as your needs change. This week we are featuring our ShoreMaster Dock Steps and Ladders which allow for safe, convenient access to your dock and the water.

StepsDock Steps

ShoreMaster offer two styles of dock steps to fit nearly any need and lakefront property. Both sets of steps are constructed out of lightweight aluminum meaning they are maintenance free and built to last. They feature a handrail for safety and the treads are ribbed providing a slip-resistant surface. With the ShoreMaster QuickConnect system you can attach your dock steps anywhere along the perimeter of the dock. Dock steps are a great addition to any dock system for easy lake access and use.

Our NEW Quick Steps feature a wider step, deeper tread and can be used from dock-to-water, shore-to-dock, or as landscaping steps for the ultimate waterfront experience. These steps pivot and adjust to nearly any incline or pitch and are available in a 4-step and 6-step option.

 

LaddersLadders

Get in and out of the water easily with ShoreMaster’s QuickConnect Pivot Ladders. A vertical pivoting action and locking pin allow you to flip the ladder up when not in use but ensure stability when you need it most. The ladders attach anywhere along the perimeter of the dock and take up minimal space allowing for great access to you dock and the lake. Available in 3-, 4- and 5-step options our ladders are all aluminum meaning they are lightweight yet durable and long lasting.

 

 


QuickConnect: Kick-Back and Enjoy the Summer

All this month we are featuring our QuickConnect accessory system and premium line-up of dock accessories. Our exclusive ShoreMaster QuickConnect accessory system takes the hassle out of customization and allows your dock system to evolve as your needs change. This week we are featuring our ShoreMaster Dock Furniture and Benches (both of which making kicking back and relaxing on your dock system easier than ever before).

Dock Furniture

DOCK FURNITURE

Enjoy your waterfront more from the comfort of your dock system. ShoreMaster dock furniture is easy to add, remove, and adjust for a beautiful look and relaxing atmosphere. Our furniture comes with 2 chairs, a table, and umbrella – all attach to the dock using the ShoreMaster QuickConnect accessory brackets. Aluminum frames and fabric backs (and umbrella) mean your furniture is maintenance free so you can just sit back, relax and enjoy your Summer!

 

 

Dock Bench

 

DOCK BENCH

Add comfort and style to your dock system with a dock bench. Available with and without armrests the lakeview dock bench offers the perfect spot to enjoy a morning cup of coffee or an evening of relaxation on the water. Plus, with the the QuickConnect system, your bench can attach anywhere on the dock system and move at a moment’s notice – so you’ll never miss a sunrise or sunset. Maintenance free material means that you get to enjoy the most out of your Summer!


The Easiest Way to Customize Your Dock

No Drills. No Holes. Complete Customization.

Your dock should work for you – not the other way around. You should be out enjoying your time on the water – not hassling with drilling holes, rearrange accessorizing or tripping over tools. You should choose the ShoreMaster QuickConnect® System.

RS4 QC Bracket and Side Rail 3Imagine adding removing, and re-configuring your dock system and accessories at a moment’s notice, without the need for tools. You don’t have to imagine. The ShoreMaster QuickConnect System allows for just that. After the initial assembly, you will never need tools to adjust or reconfigure your dock accessories! You just loosen the t-handle, remove and move the desired location, and then tighten the t-handle back up. Plus, you can attach you accessories to any point on the dock system. You won’t find an easier system anywhere else!

This ShoreMaster Exclusive system requires no drilling (so no ugly holes in your beautiful dock system) and endless configuration options (sky’s the limit)! Plus we offer the widest selection of accessories (furniture, benches, steps, ladders, bumpers, cleats, and the list goes on) on the market so your dock will truly stand out above the rest!

All month we are going to feature some of our QuickConnect Accessories – be sure check back each week, or visit your local dealer, to learn more!

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ShoreMaster’s adjustable Quick Steps (available in 4- and 6-Steps) make getting out of the water – or back on shore – easy.

Why Choose Removable Decking Panels for Your Dock System

ShoreMaster dock systems feature removable decking panels, but why?

There are a number of reasons. First, we build the strength of our dock systems into the frame sections themselves. We don’t rely on the decking attachment to provide the system its strength. Second, it’s better for the owners of our systems. Removable decking panels provide you options and makes installation, removal, upkeep, and upgrades so much easier.

Why choose a removable deck panel system?

  • Panels can be removed for installation and dock removal, making sections lighter and easier to carry and install
  • Opportunity for updates and upgrading the look of your system without replacing frame sections
  • Easily replace individual panels if necessary – no need to replace and entire section or system
  • Trust that the integrity and strength of your system is built into the frame itself

Enjoy these benefits – and more – with a ShoreMaster Infinity dock system. Our line-up of dock frames and sections feature removable decking, QuickConnect installation and accessories, and so much more. We offer a market leading 8 different decking options including Hardwood IPE, Woodgrain Aluminum, Flow Through, Premium Cedar and the ShoreMaster exclusive Vertex! Click here or visit a local dealer to learn more!

Decking Options