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Aluminum will not rust which is the biggest advantage they offer over galvanized lifts in our salt water environment. Aluminum boat lifts have stainless steel hardware where galvanized boat lifts use galvanized steel hardware. Aluminum boat lifts can have the cradle size reduced by cutting the aluminum cradle beams. If you cut or scratch the galvanized coating off a galvanized steel lift it will rust and continue to peel the galvanization off the steel. Aluminum lifts weigh less than galvanized steel lifts as aluminum is lighter than steel. Most lift manufacturers make aluminum boat lifts. The picture below is a rusting galvanized steel cradle. This will not happen with aluminum.