Tips for Protecting Your Dock in Florida

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As Florida temperatures continue to rise, you have the perfect excuse to get out on your boat and enjoy the cooling effects of the water. Summertime in Florida is the hottest time of the year and that can take a toll on your boat. Both your boat and dock require regular maintenance in order to stay in tip-top shape. Listed below are a few of our tips and tricks for protecting your dock in the Florida heat. 

 

Seal the Wood

Wood is the most commonly used material for building a boat dock. Because wood weathers so easily, treated lumber is used for building a dock that will last. However, even the treated lumber is prone to drying and mildew, so it is also important that you reseal it annually. 

In order to properly seal your docks treated lumber, you should powerwash the dock to get rid of any mold or algae. You should also sand the surface to avoid any water collecting and then seal the dock. Your dock will be good as new when it has completely dried.

 

Check for any Organisms

Florida’s waters are full of barnacles and other sea creatures that like to attach themselves to your dock. They should be removed regularly to prevent any damages from happening to your dock over time. 

You can remove the sea creatures by using a putty knife to scrub the surface of your dock. Once they have all been removed, you should also scrub the surface of your dock with an abrasive pad.

 

Repair or Replace Wood as Needed

Holes and scrapes in your dock can often be a quick fix with wood putty, however, larger amounts of damage should be replaced entirely to avoid any accidental damage. We recommend hiring a professional to take care of this part, so that the proper tools, materials, and installation are used.

 

Repair or Replace Hardware as Needed

With use and through the offseason, the hardware on your dock can come loose or rust, so it must be replaced when it goes missing or gets damaged. Remember to use fasteners that are ideal for Florida’s heat and water. Chains or any other mechanical pieces on your dock should also be lubricated regularly to avoid rusting.

 

Waterway Boat Lift Covers

Before you get your boat ready for the water, it is imperative that you also remember to do routine maintenance on your dock. Florida’s weather conditions can change drastically from one day to the next, so routine maintenance will ensure that you and your equipment are protected at all times. Waterway Boat Lift Covers are the best investment for your boat, because they provide an added layer of protection to both your boat and dock. Learn more about our products and services by contacting us today!

A Guide To Buying A Boat Lift

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Leaving your boat sitting in the water during the off-season can cause all kinds of corrosion and algae growth. We know that cleaning and preparing your boat for the summer boating season can be a tiresome task if the boat was not well maintained in the off-season. Lifting your boat above the waterline will keep it dry during the off-season and significantly reduce the amount of damage done.

Boat lifts have all kinds of supplementary accessories like remotes for motor pulleys and boat lift covers. The boat lift cover would significantly help with the maintenance and upkeep of your boat in the off-season. Before you can get to those accessories tho, the guide below will help you find the boat lift that works best for you and your boat.

 

What type of boat lift should you choose?

 

Bottom Standing (freestanding lift)

A bottom standing boat lift works best in lakes and bodies of water that have softer sediments. The lift would be attached to a fixed dock in water that is three to ten feet deep.

Floating

Floating lifts are usually required in deeper waters. The floating lift adjusts to the fluctuating water levels and keeps your boat from putting too much pressure on the lift.

Suspended

Suspended boat lifts should be used in average water depths and can be built into your existing dock.

 

Materials: Stainless Steel vs. Galvanized Steel


Stainless steel and galvanized steel are the most commonly used materials in boat lifts. Choosing the right material for your boat lift is important when it comes to trying to limit the amount of UV damage, corrosion, and cracking.

Stainless steel is more resistant to corrosion or rusting and works best for boat lifts in Florida’s saltwater. Galvanized steel corrodes at a faster rate in saltwater, so it performs best in fresh bodies of water.

 

Manual or Electric

 

Electric

Electric boat lifts are convenient and very easy to use, however, they require a power source to the dock, which is not always allowed.

Manual

Manual boat lifts are the perfect solution when a power source isn’t available or allowed. You may have a harder time working with the spinner wheel to operate the lift.

 

Length/Width Of Your Boat

 

The length and width of your boat will determine the kind of lift that will work for you. The boat lifts strength and weight capacity needs to be able to hold your boat, and the beam and the weight of the lift should match your boat.

Buy A Boat Lift Cover To Match!

Once you’ve purchased the boat lift that works for you, it’s time to buy the perfect boat lift cover to match.

Waterway’s boat lift covers are custom-made to your boat and are able to withstand Florida’s summer heat, hurricane winds, beach air, and thunderstorms. Our frames and canopies are wind and water resistant and will help your boat stay clean and dry no matter the season. Boat lift covers make the maintenance of your boat a lot easier so that you can keep enjoying the water with your family and friends. Contact us to get a free quote today!