Boat lifts are essential in keeping your watercraft dry and out of the water. This will help prevent expensive damage to your boat. Boat lifts can hold thousands of pounds of boat weight. However, poor maintenance and neglect can reduce the lift's efficiency, safety, and service life.

Some repairs may be necessary, but preventative maintenance can help to avoid many problems with boat lifts. These are some common reasons boat lift repairs may be necessary.

1. Rust

The formation of rust on boat lifts is accelerated by humidity and water. Steel is a popular material for boat lifts but it is susceptible to rust. Aluminum is more resistant to rust than steel. You can replace an old, corroded steel boat lift with an aluminum one depending on how severe the corrosion is.

To prevent further corrosion, your marine contractor might also use a protective sealant or paint.

2. Faulty Motor

Your boat lift's motor is its lifeline. The motor is what powers your boat lift. It allows you to easily lower and lift your watercraft into and out of water. Motor problems include motors that won't start or stay on, motors that don't lift, or motors that only turn on manually.

There are many factors that can lead to problems with boat lift motors, such as faulty wiring, burned fuses, incorrect voltage, or a defective up-button. While a marine technician can repair most motor problems, a damaged motor will need to be replaced.

3. Sinking Piles

Bad piling installation can reduce the effectiveness of the boat lift that sits on top of it. Inadequately installed piling can cause the lift to sink, shift and become unstable.

Sinking piles can also cause the lifts to bind. This can lead to structural damage and safety hazards. A professional marine contractor should install your boat lift system.