The end of the boating season is right around the corner. As sad as that is, it's still important to protect your investment and prepare it for the winter months to come. Our Lake of the Ozarks boat lift company knows how vital it is to have the proper boat lift checks and maintenance performed on your boat lift at the Lake of the Ozarks. Don't miss these important tips from Summerset Boat Lifts to ensure your lift is prepared for the off-season!
1. Look at Boat Lift
Physically look over your boat lift. If you see any physical issues or notice it isn't functioning like it used to, it's important to call in a professional to look it over. A minor problem now could lead to a major problem or lift failure throughout the winter months. Ensure your lift looks and runs like it should before you put your boat up for the season.
2. Purchase a Dock De-Icer
A de-icer pushes warmer water from below the surface up to the surface. This helps keep water moving at the top of the water near your dock and boat lift with the goal of preventing ice formation. If warmer water is moving, it is much more difficult for ice to form at the top of the water. Last winter, the Lake of the Ozarks area experienced widespread ice damage to docks and lifts as ice formed completely around docks and lifts, preventing their natural movements from taking place. This caused many docks and lifts to be bent, broken, or damaged in other ways. Consider a de-icer from Summerset Boat Lifts to help prevent ice damage to your dock and lift.
3. Schedule Lift Maintenance Check
It's a good idea to have your boat lift maintenance performed twice a year. Once in the fall and once in the spring. This fall check up makes sure your lift is prepared and in sound condition to safely store your boat all winter long. The spring check up is to ensure your lift is ready for the movements it's about to see as the boating season kicks off again.
Secure Boat for Off-Season
While many believe your boat is secure up on a lift, it's recommended to add a few additional security measures, especially in the long off-season. Ensure your boat is tied down to the dock. In the event of lift failure, you'll want your boat to stay in place and attached to your dock until you can get your lift repaired. Also, ensure your boat cover is placed properly and securely before you store your boat for the winter. A snug and secure cover will help keep animals that can cause a great deal of damage out of your boat.
Schedule Boat Winterization
Don't forget to winterize your boat this fall! The winterization process involves draining all required fluids to help prevent your motor from freezing and cracking during the winter months. A cracked motor can cost thousands of dollars to repair -- it's best to schedule your boat winterization before it slips your mind!
Even if you're planning to take advantage of boating a few more weeks, it's important to schedule your end-of-season maintenance checks before long. Help protect your boat and boat lift at the Lake of the Ozarks when you have regular maintenance and end-of-season maintenance performed on each. To schedule your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift maintenance, contact our team at Summerset today! We look forward to looking over your lift and making sure it's ready to keep your boat hoisted safely in the air for the cold winter months ahead.