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SeaPen: Boat Lift Alternative Gets Smart Upgrade

In-water dry-dock system SeaPen adds a smartphone app for remote control and real-time updates on critical systems when away from the boat.

Large blue and white powerboat sitting atop a mesh Seapen floating dock on the water

Solstice Docking Solutions made waves a few years back with SeaPen, a dry-docking alternative to boat lifts. The introduction of remote control through an cellular-connected app just made this "garage for your boat" better.

The Dock Pro drive-on dry-dock system consists of a buoyant high-density polyethylene frame, breathable marine grade rope netting, growth-resistant liner, and a pump system to keep the hull dry. The first-generation SeaPen was operated with a fob linked to the 110-volt control box mounted on the frame. With the app, skippers can use their smartphone to lower the rear gate and float the boat into the pen, then raise the gate and activate the pump without leaving the helm. The Smart-Pump System detects water and automatically pumps it out, drying the pen completely. This leaves the hull dry, but still at water level, eliminating the need for hull scraping and antifouling paint. Take a look for yourself.

SeaPen Dry Dock - How Does It Work With The App?

Other advantages the app offers over the remote fob:

  • Control SeaPen from anywhere in the world
  • Get real-time updates on the status of the SeaPen
  • Receive alerts of the SeaPen's actions (gate up/gate down success)
  • Receive alerts on the SeaPen's mechanical workings
  • Access to countless FAQs and connection to our technical team for real-time troubleshooting
Front view of a turquoise and white powerboat atop a SeaPen floating dry dock system

Bottom paint is optional, since the boat stays dry while docked.

SeaPen keeps the hull dry without the risk and hassle of a boat lift. Another advantage is the mobility. Unlike a lift, SeaPen can be simply tied to any fixed or floating dock.

SeaPen is available in the U.S. starting at $20,000 through Solstice Docking Solutions.

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Rich Armstrong

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A journalist by training, BoatUS Magazine Senior Editor Rich Armstrong has worked in TV news, and at several newspapers, then spent 18 years as a top editor at other boating publications. He’s built a stellar reputation in the marine industry as one of the most thorough reporters in our business. At BoatUS Magazine, Rich handles everything from boat and product innovation and late-breaking news, to compelling feature stories, boat reviews, and features on people and places. The New Jersey shore and lakes of lower New York defined Rich's childhood. But when he bought a 21-foot Four Winns deck boat and introduced his young family to the Connecticut River, his love for the world of boats flourished from there.