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What is the correct way to position the boat on the lift?
How far should I lower the lift when launching my boat?
How high should I raise the lift when storing my boat?
My lift is in shallow water. What can I do?
If the bed is almost low enough, but the boat isn’t fully floating, you can use the motor to pull the boat off the bunks. Never go more than half-throttle, and be aware of the prop. Using the motor in shallow water can damage the prop and/or suck dirt and sand into the motor causing damage.
What should I check to make sure my lift is in good condition?
Cables: Check the cables for crimps (bends) or signs of wear. If a cable has a crimp in it, that instantly reduces its strength by at least 50%. A crimped cable should be replaced right away. Signs of wear may include flat areas, shiny spots, or broken strands. A cable with broken strands should be replaced right away. A cable with other signs of wear should be watched and replaced soon. When checking the cables, be sure to check the entire length. This means you’ll have to check them with the bed in both the full up position, and the full down position. If you do find wear on a cable, try to find out where it’s coming from; this will save you from experiencing the same problems again later.
Pulleys: Pulleys need to spin freely and smoothly. Check all the pulleys for wear, both to the groove where the cable runs and the hole through the center.
Grease: Check grease zircs to see if they need to be refilled.
Bunks: Check the surface of the bunks for excessive wear on the carpeting or splintering of the wood. (ShoreStation UltraBunks are a good replacement where possible.) Worn or splintering bunks can scratch the hull of your boat. Check the bolts to make sure none are loose.
Is there anything I should be doing to keep my lift in good condition?
If your lift has a motor: For AC motors, check the cords and connectors. Make sure that the power cords feeding your motor are rated for the proper amperage. Cords that are too small can cause problems and burn out the motor. For DC motors, check the battery connections and clean off any corrosion or build-up you see.
Don’t wait to fix problems! Letting a problem go unrepaired can result in more damage to other parts of the lift.
Is there anything I should be doing to keep my dock in good condition?
If you have a cedar deck, keep it properly stained or water-sealed. This should only need to be done every few years, but it will help to preserve the look and extend the life of your decking.
If you have a vinyl or aluminum deck, keep it clean from dirt and debris. A power washing at the end of the season is a good idea. Otherwise just wash it down with a stiff broom and water. You can use Marine-approved cleaner to do a better job.
After removal in the fall, clean the algae, seaweed, and other gunk off the legs. Some WD-40 or other lubricant on the adjustment screws will help keep them from seizing up.
If the finish on your dock is wearing off, repaint or re-galvanize the frame.
Should I use load guides?
Can I do my own repairs?
How should I store my canopy?
The best way to store the canopy is to lay it out flat, fold the long sides into the middle, and then roll it up. This will minimize creasing, and make it easier to install in the spring time. Make sure that the canopy is stored inside. Rodents and raccoons love vinyl.
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