Depending on your dock
and lift it the winter might not mean anything but removing the slip cover and
greasing and checking the cables. If it is a floating dock it might
require removing the dock from the water and storing. Which ever you
do this is the time for a little preventative
maintenance. Preventative maintenance reduces the over all cost of
ownership. Repairing before breaking extends the life of the item and reduces
the cost of repairs.
Inspect the dock and
lift for damage and corrosion. Lubricate any pulleys and cables with
good quality water resistant (marine grade) grease. This is also a good time to
spray any cables with a rust and corrosion inhibitor.
Remove any damaged
boards or surface sections and replace. If you don’t remove and
replace at this time, make a list or what’s wrong and what parts you need to
order. Order them early so you don’t forget. One good reason to do the repairs
now is so that you are not pressured to get the repairs done and the docks back
in the water come spring time. No one likes to miss a spring day of boating
because you are waiting for parts (boat, dock or lift parts).
Paint or treat any
surface material to seal the moisture out.
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