Platform lifts like our EZ Dock and Safe Havens can comfortably sit on the mud without any concern. We don’t want them sitting or bouncing on hard stuff like oysters or rocks, but if you’re on a tidal creek that goes dry, we’ll be OK. Generally, in order to actively launch your boat from the lift, we need about a foot deeper than what your boat draws. This includes a safety margin so as to prevent the prop of your motor from digging into the seabed when you’re backing off the lift. Your DryDock lift may require a bit more water to operate, but like the platform lifts, it’ll be OK to sit on the bottom from time to time. In the design phase of a DryDock lift, your project manager will have a conversation with you to understand your water depths to make sure that we build the best DryDock lift for you that is functional at most if not all tides for those folks with bigger boats in skinny water.