In most cases, you will have to replace the electrical components on your lift. It is possible to avoid replacing the boat lift motor if the motor did not submerge in the storm surge. However, even very heavy rain and rain in high winds can damage the motor beyond repair. Saltwater penetration, especially, will start a corrosion process that will eventually, if not immediately ruin the motor.
BOAT LIFT CABLE
Your 7 x 19 aircraft cable can withstand high water or storm surges. Even though the boat lift cable is vulnerable to damage during a high wind storm, any repeated rubbing, chaffing, pinching, or crushing will damage it.
The cable should be examined by a professional and the lift re-cabled if necessary. If you haven't re-cabled your lift in over two years, now is the time! In a hurricane, things fly around, so you should examine the structural steel in your lift. Sadly, if you see any damage to the structural parts of your lift, or any deflection in the I-Beams or Channels, your lift might no longer be structurally sound. It might be time to upgrade your lift altogether in this case.
The GFCI must be replaced... period, don't risk it! We do offer completely wired boat lift motors with drum switch and in-line GFCI to make the replacement process easier.
While inspection your cable, make sure to inspect the fasteners around the boat lift for any damage, missing, or loose fasteners. Replace with new fasteners if damaged or missing. We offer a wide variety of our fasteners used in our boat lifts and hoists that is rated and tested to be used with your lift.