The BoatLift Mat is a great solution for people with muck or soft soil where their boat lift is installed. It removes all the hassle with pulling your boat lift out of the ground at the end of each summer. You just place the BoatLift Mat where you want to install your BoatLift mat. Then place your boat lift on top. Easy. The BoatLift Mat keeps your boat lift from sinking into the muck or soft soil by distributing the weight over the entire mat. It also kills all aquatic weeds under it. And for your piece of mind, the BoatLift Mat is DEQ approved and guaranteed for five years against defects in materials and workmanship.
Boatlift Mat holds up to 6,000 pounds — prevents lifts from sinking in muck and keeps them level.
BoatLift Mat instantly creates a firm foundation for your lift — keeps it level and prevents it from sinking in soft, mucky lake bottoms. (Pictured: 9'x14' Jet Ski Mat)
If you looked at our BoatLift Mat material with a big magnifying glass, you'd see it looks like a lot of tiny pyramids woven into the fabric. When you place this fabric on submerged soil, the first thing it does is trap soil particles in the tiny pyramids. It creates "interlocking" soil particles.
Think of walking in mud, wearing boots with thick cleats. Mud sticks to your boots between the cleats — then more mud sticks to the mud already on your boots — then more and more mud, until you can hardly walk. It's the same principle with BoatLift Mat.
The more "interlocked" soil particles there are, the more "friction" surface there is for other particles. And with the right amount of water (dilation) the more particles stick together — (like the mud on your boots).
Think of setting your boat lift and boat in your lake — and say the total weight is 4,000 pounds. If you have four foot-plates that are one square foot each — then each one must hold 1,000 pounds. That's a lot of weight for soft soil. No wonder your lift sinks.
Now, think of putting your lift and boat on a BoatLift Mat — the total weight is now distributed over 250 square feet. Divide 4,000 pounds by 250 square feet, you get just 16 pounds per square foot.
You've transferred the "weight distribution" — like a snowshoe — from 1,000 pounds to just 16 pounds per square foot! Much better, isn't it?
All our Boatlift Mats are quick and easy to assemble. Pictured is a Jet Ski Lift.
Installing a Boatlift Mat is really this simple. Place it and sink it to the lake bottom.
Place your lift and level it.
You now have a firm, weed-free surface for you lift. Leave it in year round.
Underwater, a BoatLift Mat simulates the factors that keep soil together on dry land — interlocking particles. The more weight pushing down on the Boatlift Mat, the stronger it becomes by locking more soil particles tighter together. It's the same soilstabilizing material and technology used to build highways.
As for weight distribution, the area closest to the foot plates on your boat lift will always be holding more weight than the edges of the BoatLift-Mat. How much more? You'd need a geotechnical engineer doing some pretty fancy calculus to figure it out.
But the area nearest the foot plates are holding far less than 1,000 pounds.
The Boatlift Mat distributes the weight of your lift and boat over a larger area — plus it locks soft, mucky soil in place, preventing your lift from sinking.
Getting rid of our muck just wasn't an option, which is why we got Boatlift Mat. With the Boatlift Mat we can walk around our boat and we can enjoy walking around the dock area without sinking. I kinda wish it would sink a little more. We have a big lift and a big deck boat that weighs about 5,000 pounds. It doesn't sink at all.