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Do I Need to Anchor My Dock to the Lake Bottom?

This is a very common question from first time lakefront owners.  Their concerns are valid.  These days many docks are made from light weight aluminum materials for ease of installation and removal.  Dock frames and decking made of wood float in the water given the opportunity.  Summer time thunderstorms kick up 2ft rollers at a […]

Choosing a Dock Layout

So you’ve measured water depths, surveyed the neighbors dock, and identified how many 8ft long sections you’ll need to achieve maximum velocity and height when jumping off the end of the dock.  This, my cottage dwelling friends, is your baseline.  What you add on from there is what transforms your dock from a strictly functional […]

Can I Tie My Boat to My Dock?

Can I tie my boat directly to my dock or do I need to use a boat hoist?  This depends on a number of factors such as lake conditions, size of the boat, and the dock you’re using.  Let’s look at each factor individually: Lake Conditions:  If you live on a small lake or pond […]

When to Use A Floating Dock

Customers often come to me and say “Hey, I’d like a floating dock for my cottage.” Their request is understandable. Floating docks conjure up nostalgic images of those Adirondack camps and rustic boat launches we all hold dear to our hearts. The emotional appeal aside, when is it right to use a floating dock and […]

Can I Leave My Dock in if I Use A Dock Bubbler?

Some of you may ask, what the heck is a dock bubbler?  In concept, it is really a slick little device.  The idea is as follows:  Hang the dock bubbler off the end of your dock and the bubbler will keep open water around your dock all winter long.  No ice, no ice damage.  Seems […]