Posted on October 22, 2020

Maximize the Lifespan of Your Boat Lift with Maintenance Tips

How Long do Boat Lifts Last?

Written by ShoreMaster Marketing

Your boat is an investment that you want to protect for years to come. It only makes sense that your boat lift system should last at least as long as your boat. If your boat lift is well-built and properly maintained, it can last up to 25 years. Look at these potential problem areas as part of regular boat lift maintenance

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Weight Warnings

Make sure your lift is designed to handle the weight of your boat plus anything you have in it. Don’t let people get in or out of the boat while it’s on the lift to avoid straining the system. When you’re not using your boat, remove the plug so that rainwater can’t collect and add extra weight.

Lift Cables and Pulleys

Rinsing your lift cables after use with fresh water prevents abrasion, damage, and breaks. Lubricate your cables with penetrating oil instead of grease. Replace any cables with rust spots, broken strands, fraying, or kinks, or after two years of normal use. Pulleys should be greased biannually, and nuts and bolts should be tight. Monitor your drum as the cable is winding onto it to avoid slack, tangling, and uneven wear.

Motors, Gearboxes, and Drive Units

If your boat lift has a motor, examine it for signs of rust or water retention. Make sure that your top-side drain holes are closed and the bottom-side ones are open for proper drainage. Your gearbox and drive units should be regularly inspected for proper alignment, damaged belts, and areas that need greasing.

Beams and Bunks

Lift beams should be rinsed and kept out of the water when not in use. Inspect your bunk carpeting for wear and tear and any wood underneath the carpet for cracks and rot: replace both periodically. Keep your hardware tightened and be sure that the bunks line up correctly with your boat hull.


If you’re storing your lift in the off-season, make sure it’s covered so it doesn’t get exposed to rain and snow. Remove the battery if you have a power hoist and store it on a small piece of wood. Store the lift with the cradle or platform all the way up.

ShoreMaster Infinity Boat Lift Systems

ShoreMaster has been an industry leader for decades. Our boat lifts and boat lift accessories, including our Infinity Boat Lift Systems, are made with premium components and expert engineering to make them a worthwhile investment. Contact a ShoreMaster dealer near you for more information about what will work best for your shore.


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