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How to Maintain and Clean Your Boat Lift: Expert Tips

Boat lifts are unsung heroes of waterfront living. They elevate your boat out of the water, protecting it from corrosive elements and potential damage. However, like any piece of machinery, boat lifts require regular maintenance to function optimally. Failing to maintain your boat lift could lead to mechanical issues, reduced lift lifespan, and even safety concerns. At Deaton’s Waterfront Services, we’ve been the trusted name for boat lifts across the Midwest for over 30 years, and we’re here to share some expert tips on how to keep your boat lift in peak condition.

Regular Inspection

Frequency: Monthly and Pre-Season

The first step in maintaining your boat lift is a routine inspection. Look for signs of rust, corrosion, frayed cables, or damaged pulleys. Tighten any loose bolts or screws, and if you find any parts that need replacement, take note. Deaton’s Waterfront Services offers a comprehensive range of quality replacement parts.


Frequency: Twice a Season

Mechanical parts need lubrication to function smoothly. Apply marine-grade grease to pulleys, winches, and any other moving parts to reduce friction and wear. Make sure you wipe away excess grease to prevent any contamination.

Electrical Check

Frequency: Start and End of Boating Season

Always ensure that all electrical components are in good working condition. Check for any exposed or frayed wires and ensure that the control box is free of moisture or water. If you’re unsure, it’s always best to consult an expert to prevent any electrical hazards.

Boat Lift Cleaning

Frequency: End of Season

To keep your boat lift in pristine condition, a thorough clean at the end of each season is essential. Use freshwater to rinse off any algae, bird droppings, or debris. For any stubborn stains or growth, use a non-abrasive cleaner compatible with your boat lift’s material.


Winterizing Your Boat Lift

Frequency: End of Season

If you live in a region with harsh winters, you’ll need to winterize your boat lift. This may include removing any electrical components and storing them in a dry place. Lowering the lift cradle into the water can also protect it from ice damage.

Professional Inspection

Frequency: Every 2-3 Years

Although regular DIY checks are crucial, nothing beats a professional inspection. Schedule an inspection with Deaton’s Waterfront Services to ensure that your lift is in optimal condition. Our technicians will examine every nook and cranny, making sure that you’re set for seasons to come.

By adhering to this maintenance schedule, you’ll extend the life of your boat lift, ensuring it stays functional and safe. If you ever have concerns or are looking to upgrade your boat lift, the team at Deaton’s Waterfront Services is always here to assist. Reach out today or call our office at (317)747-4933 to keep your waterfront living hassle-free and enjoyable.