Prepping Your Boat Dock for a Storm

Posted by Alumi-Span Docks on 7/27/2017
Midwest summers can be unpredictable! After you’ve invested in an aluminum boat dock, the last thing you want is to spend money on repairs or a complete replacement.

There are many things you can do to prepare for a storm and keep your boat dock from being damaged. There are also some steps you should take to protect your boat! At Alumi-Span, we’ve got the answers for you so you don’t have to do clean-up this summer.

Preparing Your Boat


If you have enough time and warning, try to get your boat to an inland facility for storage. If you can’t do this, raise the dock lift as high as you can to keep your boat above the surge of the storm, as large waves can damage your boat. Don’t forget to secure your boat to the lift! In addition, remove any plugs from your boat so water can drain out.

Prep Your Boat Lift

If you’re able to remove your boat from the lift, the best course of action during a storm is to lower the cradle on the lift all the way to the bottom. Leaving the cradle in the water prevents it from swaying in high winds or being lashed by waves in a storm surge.

Protect Your Boat Dock

The best thing you can do to prep for a storm is to buy and install a boat dock made of durable material! Our specialty is anodized aluminum, and we recommend aluminum boat docks to our customers for many reasons – nothing’s stronger than aluminum! Anodized aluminum dock sections are also easy to clean and maintain.

If you’re expecting a storm, take some photos of your dock before the storm hits, and again afterwards, in the event you need to file an insurance claim.

Looking For More?

If you want some more tips on dock safety and storm preparedness, schedule an appointment! Our experts are ready to help you. At Alumi-Span, we’ve been in the business of making boat docks for over 50 years, and have the expertise you need.

To talk to a dock specialist today, give us a call!
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