Thanks for all of the ideas. Please keep them coming.
I was unable to add a photo to this post. I do not know how to do that yet...looks like the photos have to be on a website to post. (?)
I am leaning towards doing something with the boat lift. I can attach a dock ladder so I could get down closer to the water and then lower the boat to the water and get in, however, there is no cover on the boat lift. I need to investigate the hoist idea some. I have not had a chance to look at that.
For launching off of the dock, I am not sure that I could single handedly do that without flipping it or doing damage. The AI fully setup is very heavy for me. The dock is 2-3 feet off the water. My husband is looking into floating docks ($$).
The next issue would be how to get the AI out of the water and back on land.
I could buy some waders and just get in the mucky water (brackish bayou) and assemble it that way. Then unassemble the same way. My husband thinks this is a crazy idea. I think it might work.