Key Features for Dock/Lift? in Boat Talk Posted April 26 get a remote control for your lift - so that you can launch and return without depending on others. its also nice to be able to board your boat from either side, but not a necessity. consider making the slip longer than your current boat, in case you want a bigger boat later (you never know). same for the weight capacity of your hoist motor. you will want a storage shack on the dock, preferably one that doubles as a bar and also adequate shade for lounging. plenty of electric outlets for other things (fans, power tools, stereo, etc..) and water pump. think about where you could put a jet ski (second slip vs attached floater) think about where boating guests could park and tie up. If I plan on staying around for a while (and Lord willing) I would consider a synthetic (trex type) deck. If 10 yrs or less, then would just go with wood. those would be high on my list. good luck and have fun with it.