Thursday, April 24, 2014

5 Boat Lift Maintenance Tips You Can Perform Yourself

A boat lift's job is to protect your boat from the rough waters and wind.  It should also isolate your hull's running gear from the damaging effects of in-water storage.  Boats not only perform better when not left in the water, but keeping them out of the Lake when not in use will help to prevent hull staining, blistering and premature corrosion of your boat.  Lower boat maintenance costs, more time on the water, better fuel mileage and retained resale value are all benefits of owning a boat lift at the Lake of the Ozarks. Although you will see less of a need for boat maintenance, it is important to regularly check your boat lift to make sure its working properly and doing its job of protecting your boat.  Below is a list of general maintenance tips that should be performed semi-annually.

1. Complete a visual inspection of all moving parts, bushings, hoses and hose clamps.  If you see something out of place, give Summerset Boat Lifts a call.

2. Check all nuts, blots and hose clamps with a wrench for tightness, ensuring they comply with torque specifications.

3. Remove the motor cover and clean out any debris that may have gotten in there.

4. Check carpeted bunks for worn areas and tears, replace them as necessary.

5. Inspect condition of wood bunks and replace them if any are cracked or split.

During the off-season or extended periods of no boating activity, you should occasionally operate your lift to keep it a peak performance.  By simply running the lift for about a minute in each direction, you will keep the motor clean and bearings evenly lubricated. If you have any questions about boat lift maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks or if there is problem to difficult for you to handle on your own, give Summerset Boat Lifts a call!  We pride ourselves in service, and it’s what sets us apart from everyone else. We want our customers to relax knowing their boat lift needs are being handled by professionals. Summerset’s record of service after the sale is unparallel in the boat lift industry. We don’t just sell you a lift, we sell you our service! We’re here to make certain you and your boat get the very best level of product and service at the Lake. We are Galva-Hoist. We are Summerset Boat Lifts, and we are Lifting Your Dreams… From Canoes to Cruisers!

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