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Great Lakes Water Levels To Hit High Water Mark In 2019

Each year our Great Lakes change their water levels either up or down marginally due to rain and snowfall throughout the year.  The forecast looks to be a record year for high water in at least two different Great Lakes.  Lake superior's previous high water mark occurred in the mid-'80s but this could be the year the water crests above that mark.  The lake was only 2 inches away from the record in February so any month now could break the [...]

By |2019-04-18T18:00:51+00:00April 18th, 2019|Environment, News|Comments Off on Great Lakes Water Levels To Hit High Water Mark In 2019

Sweep Away The Muck & Mess From Your Lake Bottom

Muck is by far the toughest obstacle to overcome in any lakefront situation.  It can prevent you from ever leveling your boatlift, creating a stable walking surface on your dock and is very unpleasant to swim around or step into.  Muck can force people to resort to floating dock options, floating lift options, or forgo and dock or lift all together.  There are so few options of how to beat back muck and work around it but there are a couple [...]

By |2019-04-02T18:35:30+00:00April 2nd, 2019|Boat Lifts, Docks, Environment, Installs & Removals, Maintenance, New Products, News|Comments Off on Sweep Away The Muck & Mess From Your Lake Bottom

LilliPad Marine Funnels

Fueling your boat can be a difficult and dangerous endeavor for many people and holding heavy gas cans out over your boat can be hard if you are not strong.  For those of us that want a little more safety and control or those of us that are older and just need a little assistance, there is the all-new LilliPad Marine Funnel. These high-grade funnels allow you to easily transfer fuel from whatever container you are using into your watercraft safely [...]

By |2019-03-18T18:11:07+00:00March 18th, 2019|Boat Lifts, Docks, Environment, Laws, Safety and Regulations, Maintenance, New Products, News|Comments Off on LilliPad Marine Funnels

Sea Lampreys In Our Great Lakes

Sea Lampreys invaded our pristine Great Lakes in the late 1800s as our country developed a series of canals to link the shipping lanes in all the Great Lakes.  The first sighting was in 1835 in Lake Ontario.  By the mid-1930s they made their way to the upper Great Lakes.   There are 5 distinct species of sea lampreys in our waters today, 4 are native to our waters but the sea lamprey is a true invader.  Sometimes misidentified as eels they [...]

By |2019-03-14T16:51:41+00:00March 14th, 2019|Environment, Laws, Safety and Regulations, News|Comments Off on Sea Lampreys In Our Great Lakes

Dock On Blocks: The Alternative Boat Lift

Drive On Blocks are in essence a floating boat lift and a very different way of getting your watercraft out of the water than more traditional vertical and cantilever metal lifts.  These Drive On Blocks are a system of various interconnected high-density polyethylene blocks which are extremely durable.  They are virtually maintenance free and can easily be removed for cleaning or relocating the lift at any time. Each block is rated to hold 220lbs per full block and 180lbs per half [...]

By |2019-03-12T19:43:52+00:00March 12th, 2019|Boat Lifts, Drive On Dock, Environment, New Products, News|Comments Off on Dock On Blocks: The Alternative Boat Lift

Riparian Water Rights

Riparian Rights are the basic rights all waterfront property owners enjoy and are guaranteed.  The State of Michigan defines our riparian rights as "those rights which are associated with the ownership of the bank or shore of an inland lake or stream."  With the average Michigander only 6 miles from a lake at any given time it is a good idea to learn your rights on the waterfront.  Although court decisions and new laws can affect the exact nature of these [...]

By |2019-02-25T19:57:34+00:00February 25th, 2019|Environment, Laws, Safety and Regulations, News|Comments Off on Riparian Water Rights

This Is For The Birds! Best Bird Deterrents

Birds are a great part of lake living, they provide something to watch, get you closer to nature and if you watch close enough you might even see the different personalities of the waterfowl in your area.  That being said one inescapable part of birds is their constant droppings.  Not only are they off-putting, can carry dangerous bacteria but they are just plain gross!  They can also do a lot of damage to canopy covers and make your whole lift and [...]

By |2019-02-25T18:27:23+00:00February 25th, 2019|Boat Lifts, Canopies and Covers, Docks, Environment, Maintenance, New Products, News|Comments Off on This Is For The Birds! Best Bird Deterrents

Ice Fishing Tips, Tricks & Safety

Ice fishing is a tradition in many northern states of the United States.  With the robust amount of natural inland lakes and cold weather during the winters we often get many inches of ice on lakes allowing for all kinds of fisherman to enjoy the sport all year long.  People build little ice towns out on the ice, shanties with heaters and places to escape the wind while you fish through a small hole in the ice at your feet.  [...]

By |2019-03-12T19:46:18+00:00January 22nd, 2019|Environment, Laws, Safety and Regulations, New Products, News|Comments Off on Ice Fishing Tips, Tricks & Safety

Don’t Fight The Tide: Life In A Tidal Basin

Tidal fluctuations are a part of life for anyone that lives near the ocean.  Whether you are directly on the beach or far inland along an inlet or basin, tidal fluctuations are something you will deal with every day.  With changes in sea level come changes to what type of lakefront equipment you can use in specific situations.  Each day the tide will hit a high point during the night and a low point during the day.  If your boat or [...]

By |2019-03-12T19:46:30+00:00January 7th, 2019|Boat Lift Motors, Boat Lifts, Canopies and Covers, Dock Repair, Docks, Drive On Dock, Environment, Installs & Removals, Maintenance, New Products, News|Comments Off on Don’t Fight The Tide: Life In A Tidal Basin

AlumiStair: Fight Back Against Coastal Erosion

With water levels near all time highs in the Great Lakes, the southern coasts of Lake Michigan have seen sever erosion to the dunes that line the shores of west Michigan due to a 17 inch increase over historic averages.  The water has pushed up against the dunes themselves, undercutting the support of the sand and causing small landslides.  The trees that grow on top of the dunes begin to have their roots exposed and eventually the tree falls to the [...]

By |2019-03-12T19:46:43+00:00December 28th, 2018|Environment, New Products, News|Comments Off on AlumiStair: Fight Back Against Coastal Erosion