• 06 Jun
    Dock Repairs – Signs Your Dock Needs TLC

    Dock Repairs – Signs Your Dock Needs TLC

    If you have a boat dock that you have built for enjoying activities, such as fishing, boating, or swimming, it is perfectly natural for it to show signs of wear and tear over many years. You may have begun to notice how the walkway has become bent or crooked or the some parts of it have been chipped away due to years of wave and ocean currents.

    The hard part, however, is deciding if it requires a few repairs or gone beyond its use and need a replacement. Having this clarity can help you save a considerable amount of money in repairs. The following are a few warning signs for deciding when to replace your boat dock.

    Dock supports show cracks

    If you notice your dock supports have cracks or are bent, then this is one strong sign that you boat dock needs replacing. The force of strong waves and ocean currents can result in the boat dock structure to bund due to the high pressure. If this is too much, it can even lead the dock supports to become crack and break.

    Another possible reason behind cracks on your dock supports could be the impact of running your boat into the dock structure. If you notice that the cracks are small and on individual beams, you can easily get the damaged parts replaced. However, if these cracks have affected a large section of the dock, then you have no choice but to replace it entirely.

    The waterline foundation has taken damage

    Damage to the foundation under the waterline is another strong indicator. Such kind of damage is extremely dangerous as it is the basis upon which your boat docking structure rests. If you notice any major cracks or erosion, be sure to have you dock replaced in its entirety.

    Rust on platforms and supports

    Due to the dock coming into contact with water so frequently, there is bound to be a build-up of moisture, which can result in rusted dock supports and platforms. This is not a big thing if the affected area is small in size since you can easily get it repaired. However, if it has affected a very large area, then it replacing your boat dock is long overdue.

    Rotting of wood in multiple areas

    If you have a wooden boat dock, it is perfectly normal for it to rot due to water fungus and wear and tear. However, if you find that the rotting has spread to multiple areas simultaneously, you should not try wasting any time for repairs as it will be very expensive and pointless. Simply get your boat dock replaced to be make the most of your boating or other outdoor adventures.

  • 02 Jun

    Seadooing on the Lake

    The sea-doo is a personal watercraft that is also known as a water scooter. It is used for recreational purposes, and the rider generally sits or stands on the ride. There are two categories for sea-doo, the first one is the sit-down ride, while the next one is the stand-up ride. Riders, who are looking to do tricks, usually prefer the stand-up sea-doo, since it is easier and lighter to handle. There are also sea-door rides that are designed for more than one person, but if you’re looking to perform some tricks, then you should definitely go with the stand-up model of the sea-doo.

    There isn’t much you can do on a sit-on, which is why we have recommended a stand-up sea-doo to everyone. It is much easier to perform tricks on, but there are certain levels of tricks that you have to pay attention to as well. For instance, there are tricks for beginners, intermediate, and advanced riders. It all depends on what your skill level is at, because then you can perform a whole host of tricks.

    Different types of tricks

    The first that you need to learn is that there are different levels of tricks, and the next is the type of tricks that you can perform while sea-dooing or wakeboarding. Here are some of the different types of tricks that you can perform:

    • Surface tricks

    • Grabs

    • Spins

    • Inverts

    • Raley-based

    • Handle pass inverts

    It also depends on your athleticism, since if you are athletic, you will be able to perform rotational tricks, and do air grabs much more easily with your wakeboard or sea-doo.

    Your First Trick

    If you want to impress your friends with your sea-dooing and wakeboarding tricks, then here is one simple and enjoyable trick that can be mastered in a few hours. However, you are advised to make sure that the conditions are perfect for taking your sea-doo or wakeboard out for tricks.

    The bunny hop

    The bunny hop is very simple and only involves you dipping the nose of the sea-doo slightly in the water, and then hitting the gas, which will cause it to hop out of the water. Make sure that you’re leaning forward and then jump hard so that your bodyweight allows the sea-doo to hop. This is a safe trick that can be performed by almost anyone on a jetski or a sea-doo.

  • 28 May
    Docks for Different Shorelines

    Docks for Different Shorelines

    The warm heat of the summer season has begun to descend upon us and what better way to make the most of it than to enjoy fishing, swimming, and boating near the shores. If you live in a location near a lake or a river, you need to build a dock to accommodate your summer adventures. However, the task of choosing the right dock for your shoreline is far from easy; there are various factors you need to consider in order to ensure your dock is ideally suited to your shoreline.

    Types of docks for each shoreline

    Floating docks

    These are perfect for lakes in which the water level changes constantly or is very deep. You do not have to worry about removing it during the winter season, as long as it is detached and towed to a safe area. Floating docks are made out of steel tubes or plastic billets, and you can easily find it in a range of shapes and widths.

    Permanent docks

    Permanent docks are well known for having robust stability since they are made out of steel pilings that are inserted deep into the lake bottom. A steel structure is also constructed on top in the form of various decking options. Permanent docks are best suited for lakes that have a stable water level. However, they are the more expensive of docking options and cannot withstand ice.

    Pipe docks

    These are relatively easier to remove during the winter season for preventing damage due to icing. Building from aluminum frames, pipe docks are available in a range of designs and shapes and are also the least expensive.

    Lift-up docks

    These are similar to pipe docks since they stand on legs and can easily be moved and raised during the winter season. By using a winch, these docks can be hooked into it and raised with exceptional ease and made into L and T shapes.

    How to decide which dock is right for you?

    Since there are so many types of docks and configurations to choose from, you need to consider various factors to decide one that best suits your shoreline. First of all, you need to decide the purpose of your dock. This means answering whether you will need it for swimming or boating or whether you will stay during winter?

    Secondly, you need to think about how easily you can install and remove the dock as per your needs. Can you do it by yourself or will you require specialist help? Thirdly, you should consider how expensive maintenance and repair costs are.

    These considerations will enable you to have a much deeper understanding behind your dock building decision.

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