Thursday, April 2, 2015

4 Common Reasons for Boat Lift Repairs

Boat lifts are used to protect your boat from damage that can occur when a boat is constantly sitting in the water. In order to protect your boat, you need to protect your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift. Boat Lifts require maintenance just like your boat does. All boat lifts, no matter the type, are susceptible to a few common problems.

1. Rust 

A boat lift that loses its protective coating of paint can suffer the effects of rust. Aluminum boat lifts will resist rust, but steel is also popular for boat lifts and will rust over time. The options for repairing rust depend on the severity of the problem. If rust is found early on, it can often be ground off of the metal. Then you can re-cover the area with protective sealant and paint it to prevent rust from occurring again. In cases where the rust has compromised the structural integrity of the metal, it's better to cut out the section and weld a new piece of metal into place.

2. Hydraulics Issues

Hydraulic problems could be related to a connection becoming loose or may be the cause of hydraulic fluid leaking. If you suspect that the hydraulics are causing your issues, inspect the hydraulic portion of the lift. Continual use of a failing hydraulic system could result in excessive damage to the lift. It may be necessary to remove the hydraulic component and install a new one. Depending on the design of the lift you may want to hire a boat lift professional at the Lake of the Ozarks.

3. Worn Ropes 

Guide ropes are used to help position the boat on the lift before it is raised out of the water. Over time, these ropes can become worn and even break. Ropes with this issue can easily be removed and replaced by the owner. While this issue may seem small, making sure your boat is properly positioned before raising it out of the water will reduce the likeliness of damage to your boat.

4. Structural Damage

From debris in the water to snow and ice accumulation, many things can cause structural damage to your boat lift. Small dents and dings are bound to happen, but any structural damage that interferes with the proper use of the lift should be repaired to prevent additional damage to your boat lift or even your boat. Not all structural damage is worth the repair work and often times you are better of purchasing a new boat lift at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Boating season at the Lake of the Ozarks is here and now is the time to schedule your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift service. After sitting all winter without any use, it is important to make sure your boat lift is in proper operating condition. A little preventative maintenance now can prevent costly damages to not only you boat lift, but also your boat. Give Summerset Boat Lifts a call today at 573-348-5073!

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