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Stress – Even Boat Lifts experience it

Stress - Even Boat Lifts experience it Stress - Even boat lifts are under stress - this year more than ever before due to the high waters.   Why? High water increases the stress on your cables. We've previously informed you of the danger to boat lift cables during a...

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Dock Movement & How to Minimize it.

Why does my Dock Move? Movement or " dock sway" is the result of deeper water. Due to the deep water and stronger storms, it is necessary to raise your dock to protect your equipment. And it's even higher than last year. HOW CAN THE MOVEMENT BE MINIMIZED? Before we...

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BARGE UPDATES

BARGE UPDATES The Barge and the Pusher Boat, that moves it around, is unique in several ways.  It goes where other local barges can't go. It's versatile enough to fit into tight spaces where a traditional barge can't.  Yet, it's large enough to handle an excavator...

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Dockside basketball hoop

Dockside Basketball Hoop A basketball hoop is the latest addition to the ShoreMaster and Pier & Waterfront Solutions line of accessories. Take the game off the hot court and put it in the water with a dockside Basketball Hoop. Imagine the summer fun (and exercise)...

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Dock Steps Provide Safe Access to the Beach

Dock Steps with Handrails Dock Steps from Pier & Waterfront Solutions (PWS) solve many problems for property owners. All-aluminum steps are available in (4) and (6) step configurations. These will never rust, rot, or require maintenance. Is your ramp or ladder too...

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DO I NEED A NEW DOCK?

Do I need a new dock?  Docks that are several years old will show some signs of wear. It might be the decking, or it could be the frames. Either way, your dock needs yearly inspections. It's especially true this year. Why? You guessed it - the storms. At least two...

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PADDLERS, KAYAKS and CANOES

Paddlers, Kayaks & Canoes      Paddlers, kayaks, and canoes are experiencing a growing demand.  This means an increased demand for convenient storage units.  Storage must be both convenient and safe. Spend more time on the water paddling and less time moving your...

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32 STEP CHECKLIST FOR A BOAT

32 STEP CHECKLIST FOR A BOAT  This 32 step checklist for your boat will start your boating season off right. Do you have spring fever? Are you itching to get your boat or jet skis back in the water? It's been a L-O-N-G winter.  Now it's time to de-winterize your boat...

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NEED A DOCK STORAGE BOX?

NEED A DOCK STORAGE BOX?

Is Your Pier Missing a Dock Storage Box? Is a Dock Storage Box on your summer shopping list? How many times do you walk to your pier, only to kick yourself because you wish you had a storage box? Do you always forget something? Every time you set foot on your dock, do...

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DOCKING A BOAT

10 Best Boat Docking tips Docking a boat or putting it into a boat lift is not the favorite activity for any boater.  Until you feel confident about what you are doing, it can be down-right terrifying.  It was so easy to go out. - why can't it be just as simple to...

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BEST BOAT DOCK DECKING | DOOR COUNTY

The Best Boat Dock Decking in Door County Boat dock decking is no longer a simple piece of wood laid on other pieces of wood. There are many types of materials used on piers and boat docks today.    Today's options include open-deck plastic, solid plastic boards,...

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USED BOAT LIFT GUIDE – Part 2

USED BOAT LIFT GUIDE - Part 2 Are you thinking about buying a used boat lift? This two-part series concludes with four additional items to check. Upon completion, we will have guided you through eight problems to look for when buying a used boat lift.  See Part 1 for...

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USED BOAT LIFT BUYING GUIDE – Part 1

USED BOAT LIFT BUYING GUIDE This Used Boat Lift Buying Guide covers everything you need to know about buying a used boat lift. Avoid added costs. This two-part series will guide you through everything you need to know and what to look for. There are four main areas to...

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17 STEPS TO PREPARE FOR SUMMER

17 STEPS TO PREPARE FOR SUMMER Summer is almost here. Are you Ready? Summer activities officially start with Memorial Day. In 2020 this may be delayed for many people. Even so, it's approaching fast.  Memorial Day means a lot of outdoor activities will be starting....

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Sturgeon Bay Business Expands

Sturgeon Bay Business Expands

Sturgeon Bay business installs Rip-Rap Pier & Waterfront Solutions has expanded its Sturgeon Bay rip-rap business to handle the increased installation demand on Lake Michigan and the Bay of Green Bay.  Installing rip-rap has prevented further destruction due to...

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3 REASONS FOR A SHORTER DOCK

3 REASONS FOR A SHORTER DOCK

3 REASONS FOR A SHORTER DOCK The high water again this year means that your dock and boat lift will once again be taking a beating. (see article)  Last year, some people insisted on putting their entire dock in. Additionally, they wanted their boat lifts at the end of...

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The Ultimate Guide to Dock Sway

The Ultimate Guide to Dock Sway   Define Dock Sway Dock sway is the side-to-side movement experienced when you walk on dock decking. The higher a dock sits, the more likely it will occur. It can also happen on deeper inland akes, even though the deck is only a...

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Lake Michigan Water Levels

What happened to Lake Michigan water levels? Water levels continued to rise on Lake Michigan in February, and it dropped 1" in March*.   According to the US Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit district, "February was drier across most of the Great Lakes. However, water...

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Paddleboard Door County

Paddleboard Door County

PADDLEBOARDS Paddleboards have become a popular sport in Door County. It's a great stress reliever, and it helps develop upper body strength, balance, and agility. Another benefit - you can "social distance" at the same time.    It's a complete body workout. It's a...

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THE BEST 3-SEASON PIER – DOOR COUNTY

NEW - The Best 3-SEASON PIER in Door County The 3-Season pier was recently introduced by Pier & Waterfront Solutions (PWS).  This pier is made to withstand the rapidly changing conditions on Green Bay.    Another pier? Why?   The "why" is simple - it's...

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WIRE ROPE LUBRICATION

WIRE ROPE LUBRICATION

Wire Rope Lubricants Wire rope lubrication is critical to extending the life of a cable (often referred to as the "lift cable"). How significant is it? Failure to complete this simple maintenance can reduce wire rope life by up to 50%.  Tell me more! A wire rope...

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Jeanine J. – GREAT JOB – Door County, WI

Thanks so much for the great job you did for us this challenging summer.  We appreciate all your efforts and the multiple trips required of your employees.  The new platform worked well and we were able to enjoy using it when we were at Marshall's Point. Jeanine J. -...

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Rip-Rap – Door County

Rip-Rap – Door County

WILL RIP-RAP PROTECT MY SHORELINE? Headline - Lake Michigan's water level rose 2 inches in the final week of January alone. And - it's still rising! So what? A 2-inch rise in water level doesn't seem like a whole lot,  But, did you know it takes 778.4 BILLION (that's...

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