We always tell folks to focus on the important stuff first: life and limb. After your loved ones and home are secured, then there are a couple of things you can do to protect your boat lift. We have Storm Preparedness Guidelines (available here) for each product line, but the basics are the same across all brands. We encourage you to take your boat off the lift. And we want the lift to be stored either in the lowered position (for platform lifts) or in a half-lowered position for DryDocks. By having water in the air chambers of either lift design, we can create a baffle that minimizes the hucking and bucking your lift will do in the wind and wave action. If things are looking particularly ominous with the approaching storm, you can always haul your lift away from the dock and storm anchor it, in the raised position, in either open water, or a hurricane hole. The lift is going to float and ride on top of the water, so the weak link will be how secure it is to the ground tackle. When leaving a lift next to a dock, our goal is to minimize or eliminate contact between the dock and the lift. For added security, in case things get wild and your attachment arms were to break, we suggest using an extra line or two to tie the lift to your dock or structure. That way, if it was to break free of its attachment arms, it’ll still be there after the storm.