Inspecting Your Lift

Inspecting Your Lift

Ensuring your boat lift is maintained properly

You’re enjoying a great day on the water – what’s not to love? After some time away from home, it’s important to come back to a well-functioning boat lift. After all, you wouldn’t want anything to happen to you, your friends/family, or your boat. Here are some useful tips for inspecting and keeping your system up to par.

Abide by the Weight Requirements:

Always make sure you get proper weight distribution when lifting the boat. If you decide to purchase a new boat, be sure that your lift is designed for the new weight. It is essential to follow instruction here… too much stress can damage the entire system.

Lubricate, Lubricate, Lubricate:

As with any mechanics, it is important to oil your cables, bearings, and pulleys often. Do not go more than six months without doing so. Galvanized and stainless-steel cables require a small amount of penetrating oil to minimize abrasion, preserve the galvanized coating, and provide corrosion protection. Do NOT lubricate with grease. This will trap moisture inside the cables.

C’mon, People!:

We get it, you’re excited to get out there. But do not allow people to jump in and out of the boat while it’s on the lift. This will cause strain to the hoist motor, and cabling, and can very well lead to long-term damage.


Saltwater, though curing many things, is not ideal for boat lifts. If you are dealing with salt water, do not leave your lift submerged for long periods of time (make sure cables are up) and rinse with freshwater after each use. Doing so will prevent rusting and corrosion and will help with the overall life of your cables.


You should be inspecting your system regularly to ensure everything is functioning properly. Check for damage to the teeth, that your pilings/pulleys/cables are aligned, as well as any missing parts. There are multiple ways in which parts may become loose/lost overtime so you’ll want to look over the nuts and bolts and check the back collar.

Unplug & Relax:

Weather can be unpredictable. That being said, it’s important to remove the plug while you’re away, to avoid unnecessary stress to the lift’s wiring and hoist. In doing so, it’ll allow your boat to maintain its natural weight.

Need a Helping Hand?

We understand things can get tricky sometimes, but we are here to help! Carolina Dock & Marine is committed to providing the best customer service possible. If you have any questions or concerns with your new ShoreStation hydraulic boat lift, or any other lift lines, feel free to give us a call anytime: (843) 557-1234