Monday, April 26, 2021

Black Fox Classics: Opening Weekend For Decks and Boathouses

This year's re-opening on Lake of the Woods may present a few extra challenges for out of province cabin-goers, but that makes your first weekend of repair and safety checks even more vital. Is there a way you can avoid most of these headaches altogether? 

Winters in the Canadian Shield are no joke, often warping, damaging or outright destroying property when the ice sets in. 

With a solidly constructed boat house, most of those concerns will be washed away, even by the time spring rolls around. A solid concrete or steel foundation will be too strong for most weather to create any major, lasting damage, and if your boathouse has lifts, you can protect your boats without having to pay for winter storage.

Similarly, most docking solutions are designed with winter flexibility in mind, with docks that are either on rails or are full detachable so the monumental power of a freeze can't use their own rigidity to bend or snap them.

If you find any problems on your waterfront this May spring that can't be fixed with a couple two-by-fours (and maybe a cocktail at happy hour) it might be time to invest in some more modern solutions to save on time, money, and your own sanity.

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