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How to Prepare Your Boat Lift and Dock from Severe Weather Conditions

by Scott Myers
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Florida is home to some of the most amazing beaches and waterways, but the summer is very unpredictable. As a waterfront property owner, the last thing you want is to struggle with protecting your property during a summer storm and having to handle repairs afterward.

 

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Many things can be done to prevent the damaging effects of a storm and to protect your dock, seawall, or boat lift.

Ways to Protect Your Waterfront Property

What to Do With Your Boat

If possible, the best way to protect your boat is to move it to a more secure location. This could be a dry dock marine, into a garage, etc. Anything that removes it from the storm surge which could easily damage it.

If you can’t remove your boat, be sure to raise your boat lift cradle to keep the boat out of the water and away from choppy water and large waves that come with a Florida thunderstorm or hurricane. Also, make sure your boat is fastened securely to the boat lift to keep it from falling out during high winds.

Preparing your Boat Lift

If you choose to remove your boat from the lift, then you should lower the lift cradle to the bottom. This will leave the cradle in the water and prevent it from swaying when the strong winds hit. It also prevents it from being lashed by the waves during the storm. 

 

What to Do With Your Dock

For the most part, a well-constructed dock should be able to withstand the forces of most storms. But, if your dock is old or you are noticing signs of wear, it’s best to get it inspected before storm season arrives. This way a marine construction expert can make necessary updates and repairs to keep it sturdy enough to stand up to a Florida storm.

Other than that, be sure to clear your dock of any loose articles like fishing poles, ropes, etc. Anything that you may lose or will break during a storm.


At Duncan Seawall, we understand the pressure and anxiety of preparing your waterfront property from damage pending a storm surge. If you need more information on how to prepare best your dock lift, dock, boat, and boat lift for harsh weather conditions in Florida, talk to an expert today at (941) 876-5497 or visit our website for more information on our professional and quality solutions available for you.

 

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