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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 |2019-02-07T20:26:14+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 |2019-01-07T19:03:19+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 |2019-01-14T18:46:05+00:00December 28th, 2018|Environment, New Products, News|Comments Off on AlumiStair: Fight Back Against Coastal Erosion

PFAS: Chemicals In Our Water

If you live in Michigan and have listened to the news lately, it is likely that you have heard about the various instances of PFAS contamination in our water.  With PFAS showing up in at 30 different sites at affecting 15 different communities.  PFAS is an extremely dangerous chemical to humans and wild life that lingers in the environment for so long they are referred to as "forever chemicals."  It has the ability to build up at the surface of the [...]

By |2019-02-07T20:25:27+00:00December 18th, 2018|Environment, Laws, Safety and Regulations, News|Comments Off on PFAS: Chemicals In Our Water

Birds of the Great Lakes Region

The Great Lakes Region has one of the most diverse and beautiful collection of waterfowl in North America.  With 3000 miles of coast line in Michigan, dozens of species, various mating and breeding habits as well as migration routes there are plenty of opportunists to spot these birds all year round.  This collection of birds attracts bird watchers, casual viewers and hunters a like every year. Protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, this is the primary law protecting [...]

By |2018-12-28T15:29:12+00:00December 17th, 2018|Environment, Laws, Safety and Regulations, News|Comments Off on Birds of the Great Lakes Region

An Itchy Situation: Swimmers Itch

If you have spent a lot of time in the water throughout your life then you have probably encountered swimmers itch.  Swimmers itch is a common problem that can affect anybody that enters the water where the flatworm's desired hosts reside in high numbers.  Flatworms are small creatures that mistakenly burrow into your skin and then die, causing the itchy red bumps that appear on our skin.  Flatworms are a natural part of the marine environment however can be a nuisance [...]

By |2018-12-28T15:54:18+00:00December 13th, 2018|Environment, News|Comments Off on An Itchy Situation: Swimmers Itch

The Dangers of Swimming in Water Contaminated with E. Coli

E. Coli is a problem for many lakes and beach goers every summer.  The bacteria can run off during large storms down into the rivers and then flow into the lakes, contaminating the surrounding beaches.  E. Coli can often be a warning sign that other, even more dangerous kinds of bacteria may be in the water such as typhoid, cholera and dysentery.  This is why local communities are very active in shutting down beaches for the public's safety at the first [...]

By |2018-12-28T15:55:06+00:00December 13th, 2018|Environment, News|Comments Off on The Dangers of Swimming in Water Contaminated with E. Coli

Muddy Waters: Using a freestanding lift with a soft muddy bottom.

Mud is a tricky problem to deal with when installing a boat lift.  It really depends on how soft the mud is and the skill and equipment the installer brings to the situation.  I have installed these lifts into areas where the mud was 4' deep with no evidence of a bottom and at this point extra steps must be taken to ensure a safe and stable lift.  We take 2' x 12' treated lumber and cut it into four separate [...]

By |2019-01-28T16:36:07+00:00November 15th, 2018|Boat Lifts, Environment, Installs & Removals, News|Comments Off on Muddy Waters: Using a freestanding lift with a soft muddy bottom.

You Can Help Prevent The Spread Of Zebra Mussels

Zebra mussels continue to spread throughout the Great Lakes states it is more important than ever to learn good habits for preventing the spread of this and other invasive species.  Below are a few techniques to turn every boaters habits into healthier alternatives for Michigan's waters. When transporting your boat drain all bilge pumps, live wells, and bait buckets.  Next thoroughly inspect the boats hull, trim plates, prop guards, pontoons, and trailer.  Remove any mussels that may have affixed themselves to [...]

By |2018-12-28T17:39:37+00:00November 15th, 2018|Environment, Laws, Safety and Regulations, News|Comments Off on You Can Help Prevent The Spread Of Zebra Mussels

Great Lakes Water Levels: A Rising Concern

With the record shattering snow fall this winter many around the country are wondering what will happen to lake levels when this blizzard begins to thaw.  We will certainly see some water levels increase and this has many wondering how it will affect the upcoming boating season.   Another point to consider is the long-term affect this melt-off will have.  The sheer amount of snow melt will not only raise water levels but it will cool the lakes and rivers, decreasing the [...]

By |2018-12-13T17:24:35+00:00March 7th, 2014|Boat Lifts, Docks, Environment, Installs & Removals, News|Comments Off on Great Lakes Water Levels: A Rising Concern