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Re: How does a boat break free of its moorings?

A ten to twenty foot storm surge is not out of the question, which would make your lift pretty meaningless. Also, being on a lift exposes you to the full pressure of any wind, and the lift may not be designed to withstand Cat3 winds, which are also expectable. (Florida is overdue for some big ones.)

So you might want to ask your insurer if they have any thoughts, and then ask the lift maker what they guarantee or advise.

While any lift that is sufficient for your boat will certainly pay off in terms of keeping the bottom clean, if that six month layup is going to be during hurricane season, you might want to look into indoor storage, or yard storage, even if that means a haulout and launch.

Leaving the dockwork at a minimum (four pilings is plenty and your lift apparently works as it is) and paying for better storage might actually be your best investment. You can probably get some folks from the lower USCG Auxiliary or US Power Squadron to come around and take a look, if you want some experienced eyes and opinions for free. The ASCG Aux can also give you a free safety inspection--no penalties if you need anything, just a "here's a list" or a gold star (transom sticker(G) if everything is in good order.
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Re: How does a boat break free of its moorings?

Originally Posted by caberg View Post
Why would you use any bottom paint if you have a lift? Most people with a lift are daysailing/boating with the odd weekend or weeklong excursion.
Whether you use antifouling at all depends on how you use the boat. If it's only in the water for a few days at a time, you don't need it. If you go cruising for 2-3 weeks at a time, tiny barnacles can begin to attach in that time, and you should consider antifouling paint. You can extend the time by getting in the water and scrubbing down the bottom after 2-3 weeks.

I don't know how the OP plans to use the boat. Florida is a nice place to go cruising for 2-3 weeks at a time. My thinking is, when in doubt, applying one coat of antifouling per year is easy enough, especially if he stores it on the hard for 6 months. Then he can cruise all summer if he wants to, without having to worry about a foul bottom.
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Re: How does a boat break free of its moorings?

Originally Posted by Sailormon6 View Post

You need the four pilings of course. Also, you need a way to board the boat, and that's probably the "walkway." That term isn't used in my area, but I assume it's a finger pier that extends from the dock to each of the pilings.

Walk board is the correct term, I think. The price quote here is for one 20' long that is placed on the far side of the lift parallel to the boat.

Thanks for the forum suggestion. I will repost this there.
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Re: How does a boat break free of its moorings?

Windage, what's the deal there as concerns boat lifts?
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