Posted on October 24, 2019
Unless you’re leaving your dock in the water for the fall and winter, boat lift storage is probably already on your mind. ShoreMaster’s local dealers will have tips particular to your area, but when it comes to boat dock storage, these four tips can apply to just about everyone.
To avoid damage from ice movement, take your dock out of the water and store it somewhere that’s not prone to flooding. Putting blocking or pallets underneath the dock sections, legs, and decking panels to keep everything off of the ground is a good idea as well.
Flat surfaces are better for keeping dock sections level and avoiding warping. They also make it much easier to stack sectional docks. Docks from ShoreMaster can be stacked with or without the legs attached: you can have stacks of three or four sections if you leave the legs in and around seven or eight if you remove the legs. It depends on how much storage space you have.
If you’re storing your boat dock outside, make sure that you flag the area. If your boat dock gets covered in snow, it will be less visible to anyone who’s outdoors, including people using ATVs and snowmobiles. A collision could result in injuries and damage to your dock and the machine.
Don’t store your boat dock upside-down. There are drain holes in the bottom of the dock as well as the legs that allow water to pass through it as long as it’s upright. If you store your boat dock upside-down, it could retain or fill up with water, which can freeze and cause damage.
Storing your boat dock for the winter is a matter of following these simple tips and knowing your area. A local ShoreMaster dealer can help boat dock owners across the country figure out not only what kind of dock and accessories meets their boating season needs, but also how to take care of their dock when boating season comes to an end. Contact a local ShoreMaster dealer to learn more.