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Wednesday
Feb272013

We Have a Problem on the Dock!

Either the dock is too far from the beer fridge, or the beer fridge is too far from the dock. Either way we had to solve the problem so we kreated the kottage-tek kottage kreations "Beer-Me" Zip Line. here is where we discover and solve the problem.

 

Wanna make one for your dock...here's how:

Friday
Nov302012

Dockdrinks: Up The Cottage Creek Without and Opener...

It's happened to all of us, you fancy a refreshing drink, look around and the opener is no where to be found.  The good folks over at Made Man have you covered with these informative videos...

And for the wino's out there...

Wednesday
Nov072012

Made Easy: Winter Tires All Year Long

With snow in the forcast, some of you may have thoughts turning to snow tires.  After all, the logistics of winter cottaging are difficult enough without worrying about getting there in the first place!  I for one find it a huge pain to swap out tires every winter and decided to try a different route.. Year-round winter rated tires, made by Nokian.  The WR G2 is a "durable SUV non-studded winter tire that can be used all-year-round. The asymmetrical inside-out tread pattern allows our engineers to design different areas of the tread to focus on the different driving conditions you will encounter throughout the year. So while seasons may change, your choice of all-weather tires remains the same."

As you may well know last winter we had very little snow so I can't comment on the tire's performance with any extreme conditions besides the fact that whatever snow / icy conditions we did get these tire performed as expected.  After the hot dry summer we just had (conditions that one would expect to be the enemy of a year round snow tire) the tires seem to be wearing as expected...no worse than the all seasons we replaced with the Nokians.  I must mention here that I have prepared myself to see greater wear, and possibly a shorter lifespan on these tires, but when you factor in the cost, and time, of swapping out tires twice a year, I figure it's a wash. Plus you gain the benefit of not having to store tires.  I hope to put them through their paces this winter and will keep this post updated with my thoughts.  Let's hope for a snowy winter wonderland up at the lake!

Wednesday
Aug152012

Quickie Seadoo 230 Wake Graphics and Bimini Upgrade

Our 2007 Seadoo 230 Wake was looking a little aged... The graphics were dated and the tower combined with the bimini posts, was getting a somewhat crowded.

It was time to put a little effort to bring the boat into this decade.  First off were the decals.  A couple of hours with a hair dryer and fingernail took care of all but a few of the decals.  A quick transformation resulting in a cleaner look!

That was the easy part.  Dealing with the overhead crowding situation took a little more effort.  We had enquired at the Toronto Boat show SeaDoo booth regarding an upgrade to a simpler. sleeker tower and discovered that it was not possible since the hull wouldn't be reinforced in the proper locations.  We moved on to plan B, got rid of the original bimini poles instead, and went to Monster Tower for a solution.  We chose the bimini cargo rack as a replacement.

With about and hour of assembly followed by another hour of measuring, drilling, measuring, drilling, we had a 'floating' bimini that could also carry a days worth of boards and skis around the lake.  Clean and understated, the Seadoo is now ready to ride into the rest of 2012, looking a lot less 2007!

Next upgrade: Modifying the ballast system to allow for a hose to be attached to spray down and wash out the boat after a day at the beach....

Tuesday
Jun192012

"Wicked Awesome" Cooler from MEC

A good cooler is the backbone of great times spent in the heat on, or by, the lake.  MEC labs have come up with one we think is our pick for the perfect cooler.  Sure you can get bigger and/or cheaper ones but this hits our sweet spot! We also know that the MEC crew has tested this to meet their rigid standards of quality and build, so it will last.  Two thumbs up for the ingenious bottle opener placement.  You will never loose another one in the sand again...

Top off a summer paddle with crisp veggies and cold bevies. Fits in the centre compartment of most double sea kayaks and easily fits in a canoe.

MEC labs reports that in controlled tests with chilled cylinders containing 355ml of barley infused liquid, the Chilli Cooler performs "wicked awesome." To be precise, when kept at a constant 32°C and containing a single ice pack, it maintains an interior temperature below 10°C for 16 hours and below 12°C for 24 hours.

More info on the Chilli Cooler here