How to Store your Boat Lift

Packing up your dock lift for the fall and winter is a big chore, but it doesn’t have to be a hassle. ShoreMaster makes it easy for seasonal boaters to remove their sectional aluminum boat docks and boat lifts from the water when the weather cools down. When it’s time for dock lift storage, make sure you stay safe and follow these tips from the waterfront equipment experts at ShoreMaster that apply to everyone putting their dock away for the season. 

Keep Your Dock Lift Out of the Water

Winterizing your boat lift is as easy as taking it out of the water. Leaving your boat lift in the water could result in damage from freezing conditions, especially if you live in an area where ice movement is common. A wheel kit from ShoreMaster can make boat lift removal as easy as rolling it out of the water, and your boat lift can easily sit on those wheels or its pads. Some lift owners will cover the motor, but this can sometimes result in more moisture damage when water gets in and can’t get out, so in general leave the motor, wheel, and winch uncovered. Other than that, there’s not much that you have to do. 

Watch the Top of Your Boat Lift Canopy in Storage

You don’t need to worry about the lift itself, but you should be mindful of your canopy when you put your dock lift in storage for the fall and winter. While your dock is still in the water, remove and wash your canopy cover and dry it completely before you put it in storage. While you can store your boat lift outside after taking it out of the water without disassembling it completely, be mindful of where you store it because the canopy might touch the trees.

Consider a Boat Lift Inspection

A local dealer can help you with boat lift inspections, and ideally, you should have one every three to five years. An inspection will involve checking the bolts, winch, power unit, bunks, cables, and guides, and while there is a fee the peace of mind and avoiding more expensive repairs in the future is worth the investment. Whether you fix your lift now or wait until spring, getting the inspection done in the fall will help save you time when the weather warms up and you just want to get back on the water.

Even if it’s not time for a full inspection from a dealer, this is a good time to look over your boat lift. A little bit of work now will make sure that your lift is ready to go when it comes time to take your boat out again in the spring. Make sure that your pulleys and cables are in good working order and all of the other components are free from wear and tear. If your lift requires greasing or oiling in the movable parts, this is a good time to apply it and check the bearings while you’re working on it. If you need replacement parts, it’s best to order them now: boating manufacturers will be busier in the spring and it takes longer to ship parts.

Boat Lift Storage Made Easy with ShoreMaster

Winterizing your dock setup is a part of any seasonal boat owner’s life, but that doesn’t mean you have to handle the job alone. A local waterfront equipment dealer can help you know what accessories you need to take advantage of your time on the water, but also help you with dock lift storage when the time comes to pack everything up for the fall and winter. Local dealers will know the water and weather in your area better than anyone, and a local ShoreMaster dealer will know which boat dock equipment and accessories will work best for your shoreline. Get in touch with a local ShoreMaster dealer to learn more.

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How Do You Determine What Size Boat Lift You Need?

Congratulations, you’re in the market for a boat lift! This is an exciting next step to take as a boat owner — one that will make maintenance easier and protect your boat’s value in the long run. As you likely know by now, boat safety and quality are just two of the many reasons to buy a boat lift.

Once you’ve decided that you need a boat lift, the question becomes: How do you determine which size boat lift to get? Although there are many important factors to keep in mind, the two key points include:

  • Boat weight: Knowing the weight of your watercraft is important to determine the weight capacity needed for your boat lift. Along with the base dry weight of your boat (which can be found in your boat specification sheet), this also includes gas, batteries, water, storage, water sports equipment, and anything else you may put on your boat. We typically recommend adding a 20 percent safety margin here, and always sizing up when it comes to boat lift capacity.
  • Boat width: What is the style and beam of your boat? The beam is the widest portion of your boat, so your boat lift has to be able to accommodate that — plus a minimum of a four-inch cushion on either side. If you’re going to use guideposts on the lift, you’ll want at least a ten-inch cushion. The style of lift size you want will depend on the shape of your hull (V-Hull, Pontoon, V-Drive, etc.) draft of the boat, whether you have an inboard or outboard motor, and so on.

The best boat lift is whichever one works for your boat weight and width! Of course, there are also several others factors that will impact your boat lift decision. For example, the type of water your boat is in matters — is it a shallow lake shore or deep, fluctuating water in the gulf? Your answer will determine whether you need a standing or floating boat lift. Your dock location and shape can impact your boat lift choice as well.

At ShoreMaster, we recommend a welded aluminum boat lift for most scenarios. Why? Aluminum boat lifts offer ultimate stability and performance across waterfronts. Aluminum is a lightweight material, which means parts can be made thicker for added strength (without weighing the boat lift down). It also holds up well in different weather conditions and over time. Aluminum boat lifts are low maintenance and reliable — a win for every boat owner.

ShoreMaster offers the best boat lifts in the industry. We are pioneers of the aluminum boat lift, and we strive to provide our customers with top-of-the-line waterfront products. Our boat lifts and docks are built to last, no matter what the wind and waves throw their way!

To learn more about ShoreMaster boat lifts, contact our team with any boat lift capacity or specification questions.