Hurricane Aftermath Tips

Most if not all of the electrical components on your lift will need to be replaced. If the motor did not submerge in the storm surge you might be lucky and not have to replace the motor, however, even very heavy rain and rain in high winds can damage a boat lift motor beyond repair. Water penetration, especially saltwater penetration will start a corrosion process which will eventually, if not immediately ruin the motor.

Boat Lift switches are especially vulnerable, If the boat lift switch was submerged for any amount of time, it will need to be replaced. The corrosion effect on drum switches is exceptionally fast and drum switches typically can not be repaired. You can attempt a “bath” in corrosion block and clean the terminals well but will probably end up having to replace the switch.

GFCI, these will need to be replaced… period, do not risk it! 14/5 control cable, if the exposed ends of the cable get saltwater on them, you should go ahead and replace the 14/5 control cable.

BH-USA offers all the above, we also offer completely wired motors ready to plug & play.

Cable & Rigging
While the 7 x 19 aircraft cable used on your lift is ok to be in the high water or storm surge, it is vulnerable to damage during a high wind storm, any type of successive rubbing, chaffing, pinching or crushing will cause damage to the boat lift cable. We highly suggest hiring a professional to examine the cable and re-cable the lift if necessary. If you have not re-cabled your lift in over two years, this is the perfect time to do it! The structural steel used in your lift needs to be examined, things fly around during a hurricane! If you see any damage to the structural parts of your lift, or any type of deflection in the I-Beams or Channels, then, unfortunately, your lift may no longer be structurally sound. In this case, you might be looking for a new lift altogether, maybe it’s time to upgrade!