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my 83 hunter 27 is 27 long 9 foot something wide, it weighs about 8k. as far as i know it is one of the widest 27 foot boats out, so figure 10 foot should cover most 27 to 28 foot boats.
what would it save, well if you dont cruise you wont need bottom paint or barrier coat. figure you will save about 200 every other year in paint, and about 200 once in barrier coat. then you will save any labor every other year, be it yours for free, or yard cost to do the bottom if a yard does it. you can also save any future blister problems, if it does not have any now.
now you the big thing you can save is the whole boat, ie it cant sink when you go out of town.
now is the lift a sling or rails? if its slings will the lift have enough clearance to let the keel go over the front sling, then be able to lift it clear of the water. figure the lift will need around 9 foot min of lift if the boat has a 4 foot draft. and that does not leave any room for tide. now if its rails then the rails need to be shaped to the hull, if it just tries to lift when just touching a few feet of hull. then a sailboat weighs alot more than a power boat, and that pressure of a 8k boat on just a little rail will deform the hull, just how bad depends on how much contact there is.
now the sling part is not so bad if you can undue the one sling when you go in and out. then you wont as much lift or sling in the water, you could get away with draft plus a few feet