Please enjoy these helpful tips and tricks for a simpler and easier workload each summer! Start enjoying installing and removing your dock and boat lift again- with the right knowledge and tools, there's no point in paying someone else to do it! Get the job done safely and correctly, and on your own timeline to maximize your boating season!
Use these tips and techniques at your own risk, always hire a professional or consult an experienced neighbor if you are unsure of what exactly you are doing!
No offense- some of you have no business attempting any of this (and probably already know it!), don't let your ego hurt you or your friends that help you!
Safe Boat Lift Operation And Maintenance
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Canopy Cover Folding And Storage
Be sure to clean the bird poop, leaves, etc off in the fall on a nice day (you can use a mild dish soap or car wash solution and gentle brush) and then let the cover dry all day in the sun. Keep flipping or adjusting the canopy periodically so the wrinkles will get a chance to dry out. Put the cover away in storage only if it is bone dry, otherwise you risk mildew which may be at least partially permanent. Also, store it in your basement where it is a constant temperature in the winter (versus being exposed to cold, dry, harsh air and rodents in the garage), vinyl is like your skin and can dry out when exposed to cold and extremely dry weather all winter. Dryer sheets placed around and inside the canopy can help deter rodents from chewing holes all through it, making it look like swiss cheese. Treat your vinyl in the spring (and periodically) with a premium vinyl protectant, like 3M Brand's '303' Spray. The lifespan of your cover is entirely subjective based on your sun and wind exposure, tree sap, bird poop, etc., but this procedure will help you get the most out of it.
Dock & Pier Installation and Removal
Boat Lift & Boat Hoist Installation and Removal
Boat Lift Installation In Deep Muck
Deep muck around your boat lift? The cheapest option is to simply buy plastic pallets as a strong backbone (can be found on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, etc. for around $10-20 each) and then bolt 3/4" marine-grade treated plywood to the surface to create a snowshoe effect- this allows your boat lift to stay more level and require fewer adjustments and headaches than usual. We prefer the black style shown below which has 2 faces and is much stronger than the blue ones shown, giving a little more backbone structure to the wood to help with the heavier boats, and they settle into the muck a little better and may stay in place annually depending on how much they sink. Also, you can add sandbags or backs of rock between the layers to make them neutrally buoyant (like the photo below of the wooden frame setup that one customer built to ensure all 4 stay in place annually, but would have been far too buoyant without rocks- this will only work on a flat lakebed, most people use 4 independent pallets) for easier installation with fewer people to reduce having to hold them down while placing the lift, or add extra once in place to ensure that they stay put for next year.
The plywood (and sometimes the plastic pallet itself) are buoyant, so it can be a pain to keep them down while using our boat lift foam strips to lower your boat lift onto the pallets in a controlled fashion, but if you have knee deep muck, that is far easier and cheaper than any alternative. Make sure that the feet of the boat lift are centered on the board/ pallet to help avoid slipping which could cause injury or damage to the lift if the lift were to suddenly slip off the pallet and sink into the muck.
Use this method and any tips found on our page at your own risk and always hire a professional whenever you are in doubt!
First Time Boat Lift Setup- Bunks and Canopy Position Adjustments
24V Boat Lift Motor (LiftTech or Boat Lift Boss)
Solar Panel Wiring Diagram
Atlas Boat Lift Assembly Time Lapse Video
Atlas, Shore Station, LSP (Or Similar) Canopy Frame Mounting
Max Boat Lift Assembly General Overview (Time Lapse)
Boat Lift Transportation
Easy Boat Lift Loading Procedure
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