Cabin Season Troubleshooting: Docks and Boathouses

May 28, 2024

Cabin season is nearly upon us. Before we can make the most of our hot summer months down by the water, however, a spring safety check should be the first thing on your docket.

Winters in the Canadian Shield are no joke, often warping, damaging or outright decks and boathouses if they weren’t properly stored or maintained. 

Building a solid concrete or steel foundation will be too resilient for most weather to create any major, lasting damage. However it’s also extremely expensive and a full concrete base may not be allowed under local law. A sturdy foundation may also allow for boat that can protect your boats without having to pay for winter storage.

Similarly, most docking solutions are designed with winter flexibility in mind. Many docks are built on rails or are full detachable, allowing for them to be removed from the lake entirely before freeze up.

Building and maintaining a cabin doesn’t have to be a headache. 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.

Have questions about Kenora builders, contractors, or interior cottage design? Please contact Bill Scurfield by email at or visit our website
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