we are considering buying our first boat. We took a weekend Sat./Sun. intro. to sailing course in June 2009, and have rented a sailboat twice since then for the day. We'd like to get a used Catalina 27 with a regular keel (draft of 4 feet).
My dad lives at the end/in the headwaters of a creek with shallow water. At the end of his pier it's 4 foot, on the sides less. Therefore, the boat will have to be docked like a "T" to his pier to access the 4 feet needed for the sailboat. Also, the creek is not that wide there, and a boat sitting T'd to the end of his pier is not far from the channel-- which was 8 feet when it was dredged about 12 years ago.
Rather than pay to get 2 pilings put in in order to 'T' our boat to his pier firmly on all four sides of the boat, it seems to make sense to purchase a boat lift instead that we could simply drive the boat onto. They make them where only 2, or even 1, piling is all that's needed. Picture below:
This would solve a number of issues:
(1) Attach to the end of dad's pier where the water is deep enough.
(2) When not used, keeps boat out of water which stops corrosion of various engine parts that normally sit in water, as well as stops a ton of barnacles from hooking themselves onto the bottom of the boat-- alleviating maintenance issues.
(3) allows for winter storage so money would not need to be allocated to pay a marina to put the boat on blocks during the winter.
Before embarking on this, I just wanted to ask more seasoned sailboat owners how they felt about this, possible problems, pro's and con's, and any advice.