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Prepare Your Boat Lift Before Hurricane Irene Hits

Old 08-23-2011, 07:25 AM
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Default Prepare Your Boat Lift Before Hurricane Irene Hits

Hurricane Check List for Your Boat Lift

Fellow Boating Enthusiast,
Hurricane Irene is approaching, it's time to prepare. Stocking water, can goods & other relevant items is extremely important, a good hurricane checklist should always be followed way in advance of an approaching storm. The same is also true for items around the house including, the boat lift. Every year Boat Lift Distributors is inundated with frantic last minute phone calls from boaters asking what needs to be done to the boat lift before the approaching storm makes landfall. Here are the steps that Boat Lift Distributors suggest to ensure the lift survives with little to no damage:

  • Remove the boat from the lift & store in a safe place.
  • If the boat can not be removed, raise the craft as high at you can & tie the vessel snug to the lift if your particular configuration will allow you to raise above storm surge levels. Remove the boat plugs so water will drain out & not overload the structure.
  • If the boat can not be removed & your configuration places you below the storm surge levels, then once again raise as high as you can & secure to the lift. Also secure long ropes to anchor points just in case the surge lifts the boat off the lift, "potentially" this will help it stay somewhat close to your boat lift. Leaving the plugs in our out is up to you, either way you look at it your boat will have a lot of water in it.
  • Once the boat is removed, raise the sling or cradles as high as you can & tie off if you’re above the storm surge levels. However if you know the storm surge will swamp the lift, then either raise it & tie off the sling or cradle or sink it below the water level.
  • Tie the slings or cradle to your structure so you can retrieve later if debris floats by snapping your cables thus dropping the structure to the sea floor.
  • Remove the boat lift motors, switches, covers & store in a dry safe place. If you have a sealed direct drive system you need to remove the gear unit as well. If the gears go underwater saltwater will collect inside that sealed housing allowing the salt crystals to freeze up the gears. Make sure you lower the cable down to the lowest point BEFORE removing the gear as the cable will free spool back down once the gear is removed.
  • Tighten all nuts & bolts on the lifts.
  • Contact your local Boat lift Distributors Dealer before the storm for possible post storm service.
  • Visually inspect the lift before operating again; make sure the structure is sound & square. If the lift has shifted the unit needs to be realigned for proper performance.
  • Double & triple check the cables to ensure there are no questionable areas. If you see issues do not operate the lift until new cables can be purchased & installed.
  • Inspect below & behind the boat lift for any debris & clear out accordingly.
  • If you have power after the storm, place the motors back onto the drive units, power up & inspect that everything operates properly & smoothly.
  • Assuming there is a loss of a power a generator can be used BUT, the generator needs to be properly grounded or the motor will burn up. Amps x voltage will tell you what watt generator is needed to successfully operate the lift.
  • If you do not have a generator an adapter over-ride is available for purchase. It attach's to the end of a cordless drill & can raise & lower the boat manually.
  • Inspect all the attaching hardware on the boat lift, if you see bent bolts replace before operating. Double check that the fasteners are tight & in good condition.
  • If your lift or dock needs repair contact your local Boat Lift Distributors Dealer for assistance.
*** If you have specific questions scroll down to the PRODUCTS SECTION OF THIS FORUM, & Click onto BOAT LIFT DISTRIBUTORS we will be glad to answer any & all questions. ***

Tight Lines & Happy Hunting,
Michael Fulweber
Boat Lift Distributors & Big Country Outdoors
713-461-9443 (local)
Logic, safety & superior construction is the pulse of Boat Lift Distributors.

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