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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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Marina – Excellence in Engineering Award

Excellence in Engineering Award  PWS, along with Ayres Architects, received the prestigious EXCELLENCE IN ENGINEERING AWARD from the American Council of Engineering Companies. Specifically, PWS received the award for the new Marinette marina and boat launches. The...

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BARGE – DOOR COUNTY

A Barge and Pier & Waterfront Solutions It's been a busy year for Pier & Waterfront Solutions (PWS). So far, we've announced the acquisition of: Shoreline erosion control equipment - Jan 7th  Another AFT - Jan 21st Pusher Boat - Feb 4th  Today, we have another...

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Pusher Boat

Pusher Boat

THE PUSHER BOAT HAS ARRIVED!! What is a "Pusher Boat"?  Read on to find out. Here's something we can all agree on - the seasons have changed. Typically, at this time of the year, both the Bay of Green Bay & Lake Michigan are a frozen mass of ice. Not this year.  ...

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Pier & Waterfront Solutions Erosion Control

Pier & Waterfront Solutions Erosion Control

Pier & Waterfront Solutions When Pier & Waterfront Solutions (PWS) began in 2015, the founders never expected the strong response they have received for their efforts.  They made a substantial initial investment in equipment and personnel. This investment had...

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Shoreline & Waterfront Solutions

Shoreline & Waterfront Solutions

Shoreline and Waterfront Solutions for 2020 The focus of Pier & Waterfront Solutions (PWS) has always been "Waterfront Solutions." Initially, that meant - Piers and Boat Lifts, - along with a wide variety of services surrounding those two items. As a...

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Waterfront work – Door County

Where does the name "Waterfront Solutions" come in? Waterfront Solutions is part of our name. But you haven't heard much about it. Now's a good time to get familiar with it.   The rising water and storms have caused damage up and down the Door County peninsula. Losing...

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WINTER STORAGE – DOCKS & LIFTS

WINTER STORAGE – DOCKS & LIFTS

It's time to think - winter storage. It seems like just yesterday when the days began getting longer and the temperatures were rising.  Now the temperatures are rapidly falling and the days are getting shorter. Labor Day has come and gone. Traditionally, it signals...

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HOW TO ACCESS A DOCK EASIER

HOW TO ACCESS A DOCK EASIER

HOW TO ACCESS A DOCK EASIER Access to a dock is important to anyone wanting to use a boat. Boating is something both young and old enjoy. Many memories have been created on a boat or a dock. However, those moments are not as easy for some people to enjoy. What about...

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CABLE MAINTENANCE FOR YOUR LIFT- part 2

Cable Maintenance In last weeks article, (https://wisconsinpws.com/boat-lift-cable/) we discussed why your boat lift cable would not last forever.  This week we get into more detail and explain what you can do. We discuss the most critical causes of cable problems and...

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BOAT LIFT CABLE

NOTHING LASTS FOREVER - EVEN A LIFT CABLE That's true!  Your cables will eventually need replacement.  When?  That depends on you. If you've been around boat lifts for any length of time you have seen problems with boat lifts.  Typical problems include corrosion,...

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WHY DOES MY DOCK SWAY?

WHY DOES MY DOCK SWAY?   Dock sway is a result of deeper water and the need to raise your dock higher out of the water. In 2016 we did an article about dock sway as a result of the high water that year. 2017 was worse, and 2018 continues this trend. The water...

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