The only maintenance required is cleaning if the Air-Dock is removed from the water. Algae grows on the Air-Dock but does not stick like it sticks to your boat. A boat's gel coat, which is mostly polyester, is actually porous and allows algae to grow into the pores. The Air-Dock can be cleaned with a brush and mild soap.
Some algae may grow on the top surface of the Air-Dock boat lift while the boat is not there. This algae does not transfer onto the boat hull and actually helps the boat slide in and out easier.
Roughly one third of all Air-Dock boat lifts are used in salt water
applications. The salt water does not affect the Air-Dock material.
Barnacles will grow on the material but do not harm it nor affect the
operation of the Air-Dock boat lift. Some customers clean the barnacles off
themselves from time to time and some hire a diver to do it the same as they
would clean an inflatable boat.
Though not required, anti-fouling paint can be used on the Air-Dock boat
lift to reduce the amount of cleaning necessary. The Air-Dock boat lift can
be painted on land or in the water by flipping it over and inflating the air
chambers. For this we recommend black "Bottomshield" anti-fouling paint
from West Marine.
For easier removal of the Air-Dock Boat Lift, separate the air chambers and inflate each one to 90% full. Or use a vacuum cleaner to remove the air more quickly. Separating the main air chambers will also ease transportation and storage.
Small cuts or abrasions in the Air-Dock material can be patched with a repair kit that comes with the Air-Dock. If a major repair is necessary, that air chamber can be sent back to Air-Dock for repair.
After cleaning and drying, simply roll the air chambers and store them in a clean dry place such as a garage or even inside your boat. Do not "double fold" (i.e. folding like a flag or a blanket) for long periods of time.