Commercial Boat Lift Maintenance

Owning a boat lift is amazing in terms of simplifying your boating experience, but only if your lift remains operable. Like all machinery, in order to keep it running properly, you’ll need to perform regular maintenance. Doing so will ensure you get the most out of your equipment. Ignoring routine servicing may result in costly repairs down the road. On top of that, the harsh climate seasonally experienced in Tampa will expedite the deterioration of your lift. Below, we’ll go over some tips on keeping your commercial boat lift in tip top shape.

Lift Cables

Be sure to routinely go over your lift cables to look for damage or any signs of wear. Also make sure it’s winding properly. Fraying, broken strands and rust spots are clues that it’s time to replace your cables. If this is the case, be sure to contact a professional immediately to have them repaired.

*Be sure to rinse the cables on your commercial boat lift with fresh water after each time you’re done using it.

Lift Beams

After each time you’ve finished cruising Tampa Bay and have docked your boat in its lift, you should give the beams a good rinsing with freshwater. This will help prevent barnacles and salt from building up to destructive levels. The more the beams are encrusted in barnacles, the faster they will corrode. So keeping their growth to a minimum is important. It’s also a good idea to keep your lift beams out of the water as much as possible.

Carpeted Wood Bunks

Regularly scan the bunks for worn areas in the carpet or any tears. Be sure to examine the brackets for signs of wear or cracks. Occasionally the position of the bunk brackets will need adjusting. All loose components should be tightened if need be. Because of their exposure to water and frequent use, the carpeted wood bunks on you commercial boat lift in the Tampa area will need to be replaced periodically.

Drive Units and Gearbox

It is important to check the gearbox monthly and ensure that all gears are well greased. Having your drive unit seize due to lack of lubrication is easily avoided. Be sure to inspect the motors for signs of rust. If the gearbox is not protected by a cover, take a look at the motor to make sure it’s not retaining water and that any drainage is open and clear.

Priority Marine for a Long Lasting Commercial Boat Lift

Following the above suggestions will help you get the most out of your commercial boat lift. It will also save you money in the long term which ultimately will lead to you enjoying more time on the water. Because that’s what it’s all about right? Doing your best to maximize your fun on the water? Regular boat lift maintenance just makes sense if that’s your goal. If you’d rather leave the maintenance to the professionals or you simply don’t have the time,  we here at Priority Marine in Tampa have a knowledgeable service department who will be more than happy to answer your questions and point you in the right direction to obtaining the right local service provider. Give us a call today (727) 447-1373