Gull Lake

Providing yearly boat dock installation and removal services in Gull Lake, Alberta.

 

Our Services

Installation

Shortly after the ice leaves in the spring our crew is ready to install your dock and hoist(s) in Gull Lake, AB.

Removal

When you’re done for the year, we can remove your dock and lift(s) for safe keeping over the winter months.

Consultation

Interested in new dock, hoist, or accessories? Give us call and we’ll be by to find the best system for your property on Gull Lake, AB.

Turnkey Service

Want to maximize your time at or away from Gull lake? We can have your system installed before you get there and removed after you leave.

Off-site Storage

If needed, our crew is able to move your dock or hoist(s) to an offsite storage lot.  Arrangements must be made well in advance.

Delivery

Whether you’re buying something new or used we can handle the transport to or from Gull Lake, Alberta.

 

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Gull Lake Service Dates

Dock & Lift Install

Start date: May 1, 2017 *

End date: June 13, 2017

Dock & Lift Removal

Start date: September 8, 2017

End date: October 24, 2017 *

* We are able to work outside of these dates, however costs increase due to cold waters, inclement weather, etc.  Start date subject to thawing of ice.

 

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Working the Dock

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ShoreMaster Infinity RS-7 Dock Review

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What’s good about the ShoreMaster Infinity RS-7 dock?

The ShoreMaster Infinity RS-7 is an all around great dock system.  This dock is very lightweight but extremely strong for resisting strong winds and tall waves.  The connections points are easy to use and once again are very strong.  To further complement this boat dock, there are a wide variety of top sections that are quite aesthetically pleasing.

What’s not so good about the ShoreMaster Infinity RS-7 dock?

When it comes time to take this system out of the water the connection pieces can get a little sticky proving to be a tricky job.  The aluminum legs tend to get rather gummed up with algae and plant life so it is important to clean this off each year for longevity.  Finally, if the feet of the are placed on a rocky/uneven surface post dock placement this can compromise the stability of the dock and promote bending of the feet.

ShoreMaster Infinity RS-7 Full Review:

The ShoreMaster Infinity RS-7 dock is our system of choice.  Before we begin start rambling on about its strengths or looks let’s tackle the docks specifications.

Tires

The tires on the end of the dock are made from poly (a very strong and hard plastic) tested up to 3,000 pounds.  The tires contain small vents, allowing them to fill with water to ensure a stable end section to the dock.  In our experience with these docks (over 30 separate docks on Sylvan Lake, AB alone) we have never seen damage or had issues with the tires.

Assembly

Assembly of this system is extremely simple.  Starting in 2006, ShoreMaster instituted their “simple-to-use” clamp that is extremely easy to use.  When connecting each piece, it’s as simple as lowering the section into place and tightening the “Quick Connect” screws.  Two strong individuals can easily bring these sections into the water and install them though we would recommend four.  The more people there are to move level and stabilize the dock the better.

Cross Support

Built into the frame of this dock is a strong cross support to help keep the dock together.  This piece complements the structural integrity of each section.

Pier Sections

The sections of this boat dock are available in 8 or 16-foot lengths.  We would recommend the majority of your dock to be composed of the 16-foot sections to cut down on the amount of connections needed.  Where the 8-foot pieces come in handy is when you want to add outlets, sitting areas, etc.

ShoreStation Free-standing Dock Review

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What’s so Good about the ShoreStation Free-standing Dock?

The ShoreStation free-standing dock system is an all round great pier.  It looks beautiful; it’s extremely durable and versatile and has a wide selection of features.  The two features most worth of mention are the adjustable legs and the way each piece of the dock connects together (for more information refer to the full review).

What’s not so Good About the ShoreStation Free-standing Dock?:

When thinking of the cons of the ShoreStation free-standing dock we had a really hard time coming up with material.  The trickiest part of this dock is making sure you keep track of the butterfly clips required for attaching the leg supports.  These clips are attached by a chain link, that after a few years can start to wear down so make sure to keep these chains clean to ensure your docks longevity.

ShoreStation Free-standing Dock Full Review:

The ShoreStation free-standing dock is a great pier for any style property.  Whether you have a level plot to the water or are situated on a cliff side, you should have little difficulty installing, maintaining and using your dock.  Throughout this review we plan to dissect this dock to give you a better understanding of its workings and quality of its workings.

Style

When shopping for a boat dock it is important to get something that suits your every need.  ShoreStation’s free-standing dock system is available in Cedar for a more traditional look or aluminum for something more modern.  When browsing the used market you may find a plastic system (for more information click here) that gives off a similar look to a floating dock.  All three of the above dock types have proven their durability and weather resistance. The cedar dock can be stained or left unfinished depending on your wants.

Layout

With ShoreStation’s free-standing boat dock, the potential layouts are endless.  With dock sections designed to be highly versatile, you could easily create tens of layouts.  Optional accessories are also available in case you are interested in adding seats, boat bumpers, ladders, railings and much more.

Leg Connection

In our opinion, the free-standing ShoreStation docks have the best configuration for installation and leg attachments.  Leg installation is as simple as sliding the leg frame into interlocking channels followed with a lifting motion to tightly secure each section. Strong aluminum leg frames braces will promote a sturdy dock year round and allows for steady support no matter the height the dock is set at.

Adjustments

When it comes time to leveling, heightening or lowering your free-standing ShoreStation you never need to reach for a tool.  The Byro Leg Lock’s cam-lock mechanism makes all adjustments a breeze.  It’s as easy as lifting the release handle and lifting or lowering each dock section.  Strong metal teeth line the edges of each handle to ensure a good, strong grip on every leg to prevent loosening and or sliding.

Materials

No matter the style of dock you choose, ShoreStation uses top quality materials to provide a long lasting great appearance.  Throughout our experience we have never seen any discoloration aside from the cedar sections.  If you’re interested in the cedar deck option, we would recommend finding a stain you like and refurbishing the wood every two or three seasons to keep each section looking tip top.

Hewitt Roll-a-Dock Review

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What’s so Good About the Hewitt Roll-a-Dock?

The Roll-A-Dock system is a very strong dock system that can take quite a beating.  The siding has many different holes for connection that comes in hand in the case of adding more support legs or a wider section to your dock.  There are plenty of supports built into the frame to further increase the boat docks structural integrity.

What’s not so Good About the Hewitt Roll-a-Dock?

This system was designed for lake front properties with land that is decently level with the body of water.  If this does not sound like your property think twice before investing in a Roll-A-Dock system. When it comes to moving this system, the thing is simply a brute.  With long, awkward sections, the Roll-A-Dock is a dock installers or removers nightmare.  The Aluminum legs can also become insecure from repetitive waves crashing into the boat dock.

Hewitt Roll-a-Dock Full Review

The Hewitt Roll-A-Dock system is designed specifically for ease of use on lake front properties.  In colder climates leaving the dock assembled throughout the winter is no problem and when it comes time to install, simply roll the dock into any desired location.  It is said that two that as little as two people could do this though at Sylvan Docks we require at least 4 crew members to properly place a 3 section pier (the average size Roll-A-Dock is 3-4 sections).

Adjustability

One very nice feature about the Hewitt Roll-A-Dock is its hand crank that allows the height of the dock to be adjusted.  If the season seems exceedingly stormy or the water levels are higher or lower than previous years making the dock taller or shorter is a few cranks away.  After adjusting hand crank adjustments will also need to be made for the aluminum support legs to ensure proper stability and strength.

Dock Widths

When searching the market for dock widths it will be quickly noticed that many docks come in sections that are 3 feet.  Roll-A-Dock makes their models in 4 or 6 feet, which can be really nice if you would like to throw a couple chairs on your dock to kick back and relax.

Dock Build

The Hewitt Roll-A-Dock system is highly versatile in building any style system you need.  The starter version of this system is 16 feet long but with a series of free standing and wheel kit supports, you can grow your system to 48 feet in length.  Roll-A-Docks come with all-aluminum frames, galvanized steel frames and from our experience we have never seen any forms of corrosion.

Double Bracing

Roll-A-Dock has a “V” shaped bracing on all wheeled sections allow for easy height adjust-ability and ensures maximum stability with waves, winds or not leveled underwater conditions.

In our time dealing with Roll-A-Dock’s, we have never accidentally damaged or seen damage done to this Double Bracing system.  After hauling these sections up hills or shifting them in many different ways we have seen Roll-A-Dock’s remain sturdy and strong.

Double Strength Connections

The Roll-A-Dock system has an exclusive connection system that is the worst connecting system for a dock we have ever dealt with.  Lining up the connecting holes to place a bolt through is a complete nightmare.  Solely for this reason we would urge you to consider another docking system.  Though the Connections are strong, the hassle you need to deal with in order to get the Roll-A-Dock installed is (in our opinion) not worth it.

Bridged Framework

The Roll-A-Dock has a tapered frame that incorporates a design system that is supposed to ensure maximum strength with a minimum weight.  This tapered system seems to work seeing as we have never seen any damage occur to this tapering, though, the single straight aluminum beam running the border of the dock can easily be bent out of shape if not cared for properly.  With everything considered, the frame system of this boat dock is quite well designed and should hold up for a long time.

Optional “Light Dock Hinge”

If you are looking to create a longer docking system that doesn’t need to be disassembled every year, the Light Dock Hinge is the way to go.  This hinge creates a strong pivot point between pier sections, providing a stress relief during heavy waves, winds or any types of movement.