Operation for V-Drives & Inboards

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Front of boat
Back of boat
Closeup of propeller

Boat on rubber mat

Inboard Protectors

Because most inboard boats have tracking fins on the bottom of the hull which could damage the Air-Dock, a thick rubber matt is offered to protect the material. The weight of the mat also pulls the Air-Dock down in the water so the fins do not catch on it as the boat moves on and off. This INBOARD PROTECTOR is easily attached to the Air-Dock with four straps (included).


The proper height for raising a V-drive or inboard boat is where the propeller is half out of the water. Raising the boat higher compromises the stability and safety of the Air-Dock boat lift and should not be done in any circumstance.

Operating Methods

Because inboard (center engine) and V-drive boats have propellers under the hull, the air-dock installation is modified slightly.

Method 1. is preferred but requires a minimum of 2 feet water depth at the back of the boat.

Method 2. is for shallower water.

Method 1

Method 1 is for Deep Water

Attach the two back connecting lines to the forward D-rings on back of the stern air chambers. Then attach enough weight (usually 5 pound steel weights) to the back corners to sink the Air-Dock material downward and away from the propeller. The air-dock material will automatically rise to meet the hull when re-inflated.


Method 2

Method 2 is for Shallow Water

WHEN DRIVING the boat on, SHIFT INTO NEUTRAL about four feet short. Then pull the boat on with a rope (in most cases the boat will coast into position if the internal guide chambers are adjusted properly.) When backing out of the Air-Dock, push the boat back about 4 feet by hand first, then drive it off.