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Boatlift and Dock Accessories Gift Wish List for the Holidays

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The holiday season can be a stressful time of year and finding the perfect gift for your loved ones is probably at the top of your to-do list. If your friends or family members live on the water and enjoy the boating lifestyle, dock and boat lift accessories make great holiday gifts for boaters in Southwest Florida. Below are a few great suggestions to help determine what dock and boat lift accessories are perfect for the boater in your life.

  • Would they enjoy better access to parts of their boat or motor(s) that are difficult to reach from the dock?  
    A walkboard, stern access platform, or stern cross overs make washing the boat or installing a cover much easier as they allow for 360 degree access to the entire vessel. 
  • Could the fishermen on your list benefit from a cleaning table on their dock? 
    The only thing better than having a great day out fishing is having a place to filet that prized catch before cooking it for dinner. A cleaning table out by the dock minimizes mess in the kitchen and adds convenience.
  • How hard is it for the boat owner on your list or their family to get on and off their boat?
    If getting on and off the boat from the dock presents a challenge, then a retractable boarding platform will make stepping on or off the boat comfortable and easy.
  • Would they like to improve the look of their dock?
    Two common dock accessories that spruce up the look of even the nicest docks include pile caps and furring strips.  These items add a great deal of aesthetic value to the pilings above the deck.  The furring strips are available in most synthetics and can be matched or coordinated with any type of decking already installed on the dock.
  • Do they enjoy backyard gatherings?
    • Snook lights are a big hit for the entire family. Kids love walking down to the dock at night and checking out all the fish that gather and feed in the light.
    • Chickee Huts are also a really popular way to gather friends around a dock with a glass of wine at night.
  • Remote controls and automatic stops offer great convenience for boaters:
    The convenience offered by a remote control and automatic stop would be a great gift for a boater in Southwest Florida.  Remote controls allow you to run your boat lift from in the boat or anywhere on the dock.  The automatic stop prevents slacked cables and the boat lift from going off balance. The auto stop and remote prevent frustration in having to manually re-wrap lift cables – a great gift for any boat lift owner.

Other ideas include ladders, fenders, tide slides, lighting, etc.  We now also offer Boat Lift Covers!  For a full list of available gifts for boaters in Southwest Florida, please visit the Stokes Marine accessories gallery. All of the items in stock are available for immediate delivery and installation. Installation can be arranged in time for the holidays or scheduled for immediately after your holiday, as a surprise.  If they do not already have a dock or boat lift to accessorize, we also provide dock building and boat lift installation and will be happy to put a large red bow on it when it is complete.

Contact us today for help selecting the perfect dock, boat lift, or boat lift accessory for that special boater on your list. 

Happy Holidays from the Stokes Marine team to you and your family!

Tropical Storm Isaac Preparations

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Hurricane Season 2012  
Securing your Boat Lift & Dock 

PRE-STORM

  • Remove the boat from the lift & store in a safe place.
  • If the boat can not be removed, raise the craft as high at you can & tie the vessel snug to the lift if your particular configuration. High Pass Rate will allow you to raise above storm surge levels. Remove the boat plugs so water will drain out & not overload the structure.
  • If the boat can not be removed & your configuration places you below the storm surge levels, then once again raise as high as you can & secure to the lift. Also secure long ropes to anchor points just in case the surge lifts the boat off the lift, "potentially" this will help it stay somewhat close to your boat lift. Leaving the plugs in or out is up to you, either way your boat will have a lot of water in it.
  • Once the boat is removed, lower the cradles to the bottom below the water level.  This will keep it from swinging in the wind. 
  • If you have a low profile installation, or if the tide surge could reach the height of your boat lift motors, switches, covers remove & store in a dry safe place. If you have a sealed direct drive system you need to remove the gear unit as well. If the gears go underwater, saltwater will collect inside that sealed housing allowing the salt crystals to freeze up the gears. Make sure you lower the cable down to the lowest point BEFORE removing the gear as the cable will free spool back down once the gear is removed.
  • Tighten all nuts & bolts on the lifts.  

    POST STORM 

  • Visually inspect the lift before operating again; make sure the structure is sound & square. If the lift has shifted the unit needs to be realigned for proper performance.
  • Double & triple check the cables to ensure there are no questionable areas. If you see issues do not operate the lift until new cables can be purchased & installed.
  • Inspect below & behind the boat lift for any debris & clear out accordingly.
  • Assuming there is a loss of a power a generator can be used but the generator needs to be properly grounded or the motor will burn up. Amps x voltage will tell you what watt generator is needed to successfully operate the lift.
  • If you do not have a generator, depending on your drive unit type and lift capacity an adapter for manual operation may be available.  It attaches to the end of a cordless drill & can raise & lower the boat manually.
  • Inspect all the attaching hardware on the boat lift, if you see bent bolts replace before operating. Double check that the fasteners are tight & in good condition.

If your lift or dock needs repair contact Stokes Marine for assistance. 



How to Operate your Emergency Override on your Automatic Stop

A few weeks ago during tropical storm Debby our area experienced extreme high tides associated with the storm. Many people's docks and seawalls were under water. A lot of our customers with a remote control and automatic stop called asking how they could raise their boat lifts up higher to ensure their boat would not float off the lift.  So here we go again with the possibility of Tropical Storm Isaac coming ashore.

Assuming you have a remote control and automatic stop you are aware of the fact that your lift will only go so far up and so far down as these upper and lower stops or limits are set when the lift is installed and wired. This prevents you from lowering your lift down too far and getting slack in the cables,   which creates the need to re-wrap the cables to prevent damaging them and level out the cradle assembly. The upper limit prevents the cradle assembly from being raised too high and hitting the top beam assembly resulting in costly repairs and potentially dropping the boat. These are common problems if you run the lift too far in either direction.  

If you are in a situation where you need to raise your boat higher than the limit switch is stopping the lift, you do not have to reset the upper limit. You can simply override the limit switch. This is done by inserting a pencil or probe in the perforated emergency override up hole located on the yellow face plate of the switch box. It is centered in the top third of the face plate just to the left of the up button. Simply insert the probe pushing and holding it against the switch located behind the face plate until the boat reaches your desired height. In order to stop the lift, remove the probe from the perforated hole therefore disengaging the switch.

 

This same procedure is followed for lowering the lift past the spot that the lower limit stops the lift. Follow the same steps above except you will be inserting the probe in the perforated emergency override down hole which is centered in the middle of the face plate just to the left of the auto stop button. Remember the power to the switch box must be on in order to raise or lower the lift using these emergency override options.

A few things to be careful of when overriding your lift higher or lower than the preset limits include:   

Only allow your cables to wrap to the end of the cable winder without double stacking the wraps-do not raise the boat into your canopy or boat house.

Do not raise your cradle assembly into your top beam if you have a lower profile top beam installed.

Do not allow the cradle assembly to touch the bottom or else you will get slack in your cables allowing them to unwind and tangle on the winder.

 

Tropical Storm Isaac Preparations

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Father's Day Gift Ideas

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Are you looking for an original Father's Day gift idea?   If your Dad lives on the water and enjoys the boating lifestyle, dock and boat lift accessories make a great Father's Day gift.  Below are a few great suggestions to help determine what dock and boat lift accessories are perfect for your Dad!

  • Doesn't every Dad need a remote control?  Remote controls and automatic stops offer great convenience for boaters.
    The convenience offered by a remote control and automatic stop would be a great gift for any boater in Southwest Florida.  Remote controls allow you to run your boat lift from in the boat or anywhere on the dock.  The automatic stop prevents slacked cables and the boat lift from going off balance. The auto stop and remote prevent frustration in having to manually rewrap lift cables – a great gift for any boat lift owner.
  • For the Fisherman Dad, would he enjoy a cleaning table on his dock? 
    The only thing better than having a great day out fishing is having a place to filet that prized catch before cooking it for dinner. A cleaning table out by the dock minimizes mess in the kitchen and adds convenience.
  • Does Dad enjoy backyard gatherings?
    • Snook lights are a big hit for the entire family. Kids love walking down to the dock at night and checking out all the fish that gather and feed in the light.
    • Chickee Huts are also a really popular way to gather friends around a dock with a glass of wine at night.
  • Would Dad like to improve the look of his dock?
    Two common dock accessories that spruce up the look of even the nicest docks include pile caps and furring strips.  These items add a great deal of aesthetic value to the pilings above the deck.  The furring strips are available in most synthetics and can be matched or coordinated with any type of decking already installed on the dock.
  • Would Dad like to work on his boat in the shade or in the middle of a summer rain shower?
    The Summer heat in Southwest Florida is hard to beat.  A Canopy would put your Dad back to enjoying his boat in his backyard in no time.  The shade it creates is perfect for making boat cleaning and fixing more enjoyable, as well as keeping your boat in great condition with the protection from the elements.
  • Would Dad enjoy better access to parts of his boat or motor(s) that are difficult to reach from the dock?  
    A walkboard, stern access platform, or stern cross overs make washing the boat or installing a cover much easier as they allow for 360 degree access to the entire vessel. 
  • How hard is it for Dad to get on and off his boat?
    If getting on and off the boat from the dock presents a challenge, then a retractable boarding platform will make stepping on or off the boat comfortable and easy.

Other ideas include ladders, fenders, tide slides, lighting, etc.  For a full list of available gifts for boaters in Southwest Florida, please visit the Stokes Marine accessories gallery. 

Contact us today for help selecting the perfect dock, boat lift, or boat lift accessory for your Dad!

Happy Father's Day from the Stokes Marine team!

Father's Day Gift Ideas

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