A. We are located at 1940 Highway 17 West in Kenora, Ontario.
Q. Why choose Docks and lifts?
A. Docks and Lifts have been in business for over 30 years, with enormous amounts of research and development into the design and building of a premium product. Yes, there are other dock builders in Kenora. There is a good reason why they try and copy our designs. With our patented billets and build techniques, our leadership in the dock industry is unrivalled.
There's also a good reason why people come back to us time after time, and recommend their friends.
Q. What is a rotationally moulded billet?
A. A rotationally moulded billet is a floatation unit we use on our docks. The billets are made using a steel form which is filled with virgin polyethylene (plastic, similar to a truck bed liner) and put into a custom oven to be turned and flipped. By turning the form, you get a nice even layer of plastic on the inside of the form for superior quality control. The form is then cooled, pulled out and then drilled to facilitate the insertion of expanded polystyrene filling (foam) inside the billet. Basically the advantage of this style of billet is that the minks, muscrats and beavers cannot dig a hole into the billet, ice and gas do not damage the unit and it creates a very stiff frame. We are also able to supply 40 different sizes for a variety of projects such as floating boathouses, with capacities running in the 600 pound range "PER BILLET".
Q. Why should I invest in a personal carrier?
A. Docks & Lifts recommend the use of a personal carrier if you are any distance from the shore line. The personal carrier can be used for all your needs such as camp or house supplies, small appliances etc..the personal carrier will hold up to 700 lbs.
The personal carrier will also preserve your back as over time damage can be done by improper lifting, especially up a steep slope.
Q. What size of walkway should I have and how long should it be?
A. We have various sizes of walkways to accommodate several variables such as height of the water, distance out from shore and water fluctuation. The rule of thumb is the ramp should be three times the distance from your finished deck surface to low water. This means if the drop was four feet, you would need a twelve foot walkway assembly.
Q. What kind of dock is better, Floating or Stationary?
A. A majority of the dock systems we deal with are in the Lake of the Woods drainage systems, including Rainy Lake, Lake of the Woods and the Winnipeg River. Some seasons have seen a water fluctuation of 43" in total on Lake of the Woods alone and for this reason, a floating dock makes the most sense as the basis of any system. With the new rotationally moulded, foam filled plastic billets we use on our docks, the docks are much more more stable than conventional framing systems found on floaters from days gone by and are much longer lasting.
Q. What sizes of railways and which types of watercraft do they support?
A. Boat dollies are available in a couple of different sizes which are fully adjustable to fit most aluminum and fiberglass boat styles, including pontoon boats and seadoos.
It all starts with the dock! Come join us in our store for all your docking needs.