Caring For Your Salt Water Boat Lift

Proper care of your boat lift will increase its longevity while ensuring the safety of your watercraft when it is docked. The water around St. Petersburg presents the challenge of salt, which increases the corrosive effects on boats, docks and lifts. To best care for your boat lift, seek the guidance of professional deck building services in your area and devote time to the care and keeping of your lift.

Keep the Bottom Beams Out of the Water When Not In Use

Wear and tear from salt water and marine life can corrode the beams of a dock, and deck building services know to keep the bottom beams out of the water when they are not in use. Doing this protects the beams against barnacle and marine growth common in the waters around St. Petersburg. If water is above the high tide line, raise the beams accordingly to keep them as dry as possible.

Cable Care

One aspect of maintaining your salt water boat lift in St. Petersburg is taking care of the cables. The frequency of use will affect the wear and tear of cables, so it is important to inspect them periodically. If any cable wires are frayed or broken, it is time to replace the cable completely.

Experts providing deck building services will insist that you rinse salt water off the cables every time you launch the vessel; this will help reduce the accrual of salt crystals. Don’t leave cables overboard while you’re out on the water.

Both stainless-steel and galvanized cables can benefit from a few shots of penetrating oil. Spraying the oil every so often helps preserve the coating. Avoid any type of grease, as it will act as a container for moisture within the strands. Another aspect of cable care is checking the drive pipe; this is the part that winds and unwinds the cable. The pipe shaft should be greased with bearing grease.

Check the Sheaves for Even Weight Distribution

Proper weight distribution is vital for picking the craft up. The sheaves must work without sticking, and they should be replaced if the groove where the cable moves within the sheave is not even all the way around. This is an indicator of uneven weight distribution and possible corrosion. Well maintained sheaves allow for an even distribution of weight amongst the cables and sheaves.

Priority Marine Boat Lifts

If you need support in caring for or installing a boat lift in St. Petersburg, call Priority Marine in Tampa.  Priority Marine provides expert deck building services for marine structures including boat lifts, seawall installations, custom decks, and boat docks. These structures can only enhance your Tampa Bay boating lifestyle, so contact Priority Marine today for an estimate at 727-447-1373.


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