How much does a Jet Ski Lift Cost?


Jet ski lifts are made to moore your watercraft out of the water at your house or public area. They are designed to get your hull out of the water so your jet ski does not sink in rough water, bang against a dock all day, as well as keep the hull clean and algae free.

There are many types of lifts available that have different benefits and drawbacks. We will go through each type below.

How much does a jet ski lift cost? A single jet ski lift will cost between $899 and $2,200. This cost depends on the type of lift you need and materials it is made of. Dual lifts will cost from $1,800 to $3,500. All lifts are designed to keep your hull out of the water to prolong the lift of your watercraft.

Types of Lifts

Floating

A floating lift is very popular as they are simple to drive up and park your jet ski. These can be a bit tricky to learn how much throttle to use to get up without going over too far, so will take some practice. Also, they can be hard at times if you do go too far up to get your jet ski off.

We have a floating dock for our ski and as I am used to it, it works very well. When other people use it, it can be a bit tricky so usually, I do all of the loading and unloading. Rolling docks are great as they can be attached to a dock and have plenty of walking room to attach a cover on your ski or to perform maintenance on the water. You are not able to get to the underside of the ski if you want to change a ride plate or have maintenance to perform on the underside of your ski.

Installing this kind of dock can be easy as you can attach it to a floating dock, fixed dock, or even on piling without a dock to attach to.

Pros

  • Many installation options
  • Very stable
  • Priced great
  • Can add multiple docks to hold multiple watercraft
  • No Maintenance

Cons

  • Can be difficult to load and unload
  • Is heavy and hard to move if you have to

Cost

The average cost is from $1,200-$1,900. Used can be found from $800-$1,200.

Floating Lift BrandPrice
Directdocks.com$1,289
Wave Armor Evo Sport$1,599
Shoremaster Shoreport$1,395
Wavearmor SLX5$1,899

Freestanding Watercraft Lifts

A freestanding lift stands on its own either next to a dock or just by shore. These can be had in either vertical lifts or cantilever lifts. Vertical lifts lift straight up and the weight of the boat is held by a cable system. Cantilever lifts lift from the back forward on a metal h platform so the boat is held by large metal frames not a cable. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses. Freestanding lifts can be very heavy, but can be taken apart so moving them is easier than a floating dock.

If you have your lift in the middle of your beach area and not by a dock, you may need to get wet in order to get your skis out. Freestanding lifts can be purchased in both electric and manual lift models. Covers can be purchased to keep your skis out of the sun and rain.

Cantilever Freestanding Lift

Cantilever lifts lift the boat from deep water forward to shallow water. When lifting the boat, you are never lifting the full weight, so they are easier if you have a hand crank system. The boat is also held by metal frames for a secure holding. The cable is only there to lift the frames forward. These work great in shallow water or deep water as they can be adjusted. There is less maintenance on a cantilever lift vs a vertical lift.

Pros

  • Easier to lift
  • Less Maintenance
  • Easy to take apart and move
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Doesn’t lift as high as a vertical lift
  • May need to get wet to access your ski
  • Moving Parts

Vertical Freestanding Lift

Vertical lifts lift the boat vertically out of the water. The boat is held by cables at all times. Vertical lifts can lift higher than cantilever lifts, so if you want to get your boat further out of the water due to large waves, a vertical lift may be the one for you. Vertical lifts require more maintenance as they have to be leveled and cables can stretch. Also, it is recommended that cables be replaced every 3-5 years depending on use.

Pros

  • Lifts your ski out of the water further than a cantilever lift
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to take apart and move

Cons

  • Moving Parts
  • Requires adjustment
  • Requires replacement of cables

Cost

Freestanding lifts range from $1,200- $3,500 depending on the features, type of metal, electric or manual, and other options.

LiftPrice
Shorestation Cantilever Single$2,548
Lakeshore Cantilever Single$1,265
Craftlander Verticle Single$1,679
Craftlander Cantilever Dual$1,745
Shorestation Cantilever Dual$3,499

Fixed Mount Jet Ski Lift

Dock mount lifts are great if you have a fixed dock, piling, or pier to attach to. They are perfect as they can get your watercraft high out of the water, and even spin around and store them on the dock or pier

Dock Mount

Dock mount lifts can be mounted to floating docks, fixed docks, and stationary piers. These mounts can even rotate to bring the watercraft around on the dock side for maintenance as well as set them on the dock for safekeeping.

Pros

  • Small Units
  • Easy to Install
  • Cost effective

Cons

  • Need a firm surface to install
  • May be hard to mount on some types of docks

Piling Mount

Piling mount lifts can be mounted to fixed piling or even a seawall. These mounting options give you the flexibility to move positions easily.

Pros

  • Flexible mounting options

Cons

  • Can be hard to access behind a 1′ round piling
  • Hard to mount unless piling is straight
  • May limit up and down movement of dock

Cost

Fixed dock mounts range in price depending on if they are electric or manual, as well as rotate. They cost between $1,200 and $2,200.

LiftPrice
MiniMag 1200 Rotation Electric$1,989
RotoMag 1500 Electric$2,153
Minimag for Piling or Seawall$1,295
Shorestation Dock Mount$1,375

Shore Mount

Shore roller mounts are great if you have beach area to store your jet ski. These mounts consist of two bunks with rollers essentially like a trailer. You drive your ski up to shore, and winch it up on the bunks. Driving in shallow water can allow sand to get into your impeller and potentially damage your wear ring or impeller.

Pros

  • Lease Expensive
  • Easiest to move and install

Cons

  • Takes up beach space
  • Cannot use if you don’t have a beach
  • Can get sand in the impeller

Cost

Shore mounts range from a diy kit of $299 as high as $1,000.

LiftPrice
Roll n Go$889
Lakeside Recreation$979
DIY Kit$299

Eric

I have been an avid boater / jet ski fanatic since I was a kid.

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