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Charles' Law -- Why your boat lift is sitting lower in the water

It's cold and rainy in the Lowcountry today and we've had a couple of phone calls this morning with folks asking "Why is my boat lift sitting lower in the water today?  Is it losing air?" If you own a Safe Haven or a DryDock (or any other type of lift that you add air to a tank to gain buoyancy) you may have noticed that the lift is sitting a little lower in the water each day (especially if you haven't taken your boat out for a few days.) Well, chances are your boat lift does NOT have a leak in the system anywhere.  Instead, you can cast blame towards a French mathemetician named Jacques-Alexandre-Cesar Charles who discovered that...

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How to prepare your boat lift for hurricanes and storms!

A lot of questions coming in about storm prep for your boat lifts. Here are some general guidelines: 1 -- Focus on IMPORTANT stuff FIRST! Deal with the boat lift ONLY if you have the important stuff squared away.2 -- REMOVE your boat from the lift! The weight of the boat only adds mass to something that's about to start hucking and bucking in the water.3 -- STORE the lift in the RAISED position! Again, the water that will fill the primary tanks or ballasts will add tremendous mass to the lift...let's lighten it up as much as possible!4 -- Add SPRING LINES to the boat lift. Remember: tight is torture on the water! We want the boat lift to...

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