Preparing your Boat Lift Before The Hurricane

Preparing your boat lift for a hurricane is crucial to protect your investment and ensure the
safety of your vessel and property. Golden Boat Lifts provides this comprehensive guide to
help you take the necessary steps to secure your boat lift before a hurricane strikes. These are
recommendations as Golden Boat Lifts is not liable for any damage done to your boat or lift
when Mother Nature strikes.

1. Stay Informed

  • Monitor Weather Reports: Keep an eye on local weather forecasts and updates from the
    National Hurricane Center.
  • Understand Warnings: Know the difference between hurricane watches and warnings to
    gauge the level of preparation required.

2. Inspect and Maintain Your Boat Lift

  • Routine Inspection: Regularly inspect your boat lift for any signs of wear, damage, or
    corrosion. Pay special attention to cables, pulleys, and structural components.
  • Lubricate Moving Parts: Ensure all moving parts are well-lubricated to prevent rust and
    ensure smooth operation.
  • Check Electrical Components: Inspect all electrical connections and components for signs
    of wear or damage. Make sure the power source is secure and functioning correctly.

3. Call Your Insurance Company

  • The first thing any boat lift owner should do above all else is to call their insurance
    company to see what the insurance company would want you to do and how they want
    you to properly store your boat and boat lift in a hurricane situation.
  • Make sure your insurance is up to date and will cover any damages done by the storm.

4. Remove the Boat from the Boat Lift

  • Remove your boat from the lift and store it in a secure location, such as a garage or a dry
    storage facility.

5. Secure the Boat Lift Structure

  • Anchor the Lift: Ensure the boat lift is properly anchored to the dock or seabed. Check all
    anchor points and reinforce them if necessary.
  • Remove Accessories: Remove any accessories, such as canopies, covers, and personal
    items, that can become projectiles in high winds.
  • Protect Electrical Systems: Disconnect power to the lift and secure electrical systems to
    prevent water damage and electrical hazards.

6. Create a Hurricane Plan

  • Emergency Contacts: Have a list of emergency contacts, including local authorities, marine
    services, and insurance companies.
  • Insurance Documentation: Keep your boat lift and boat insurance documents in a safe,
    easily accessible place. Take photos of your boat lift and boat for documentation
  • Evacuation Plan: Have a clear evacuation plan for yourself and your family. Know the safest
    routes and local shelters.

7. Regular Drills and Updates

  • Conduct Drills: Regularly practice your hurricane preparation plan to ensure you and your
    family know what to do.
  • Update Plans: Review and update your hurricane plan annually or whenever there are
    changes to your boat lift or property.
    By following these steps, you can significantly reduce the risk of damage to your boat lift and
    boat during a hurricane. Golden Boat Lifts is committed to helping you protect your
    investment and ensuring your safety. Stay prepared and stay safe.

The Golden Difference

At Golden, we pride ourselves in being the innovators of our industry. We have even prepped
your lifts to be operational after a power outage, with just a cordless drill. This ensures safety
and accessibility no matter the conditions.


This guide is provided by Golden Boat Lifts as a reference to help you prepare your boat lift for
a hurricane and to inspect it after a storm. However, Golden Boat Lifts is not responsible for any
damage to your boat, your boat lift, or any personal injuries that may occur during a hurricane
or as a result of following this guide.

Hurricanes are unpredictable and can cause severe damage despite the best preparations. It
is important to use your judgment and consult with professionals when needed. Always
prioritize personal safety and follow official guidelines and directives issued by local

For any specific concerns or questions regarding the maintenance and repair of your boat lift,
please contact a certified marine technician or Golden Boat Lifts directly.