We have a detachable table that sets up between the bow seats. Most of the time it is stored under the helm in a bag. What we find more convenient is a couple of large coolers with cup holders in the lid. So they hold drinks and act as a table, although a low one.
We have a Hydrohoist lift also. Agree with Jack, they are expensive but at our marina, that is the only brand of lift you can use. The marina is a Hydrohoist dealer. But after 10 years we have had no problems and are very pleased with the lift.
Get a lift and keep the boat on the lift whenever you are not our cruising. Many of the marinas on Tennessee lakes rent lifts at a rate that is more cost efficient than buying a lift but if you have to buy one it is worth the investment.