Tuesday
Aug092011

Docktime Made Easy with Aquapac!

We recently started using a system that allows me to:

  • Meet all my requirements for documentation while boating (drivers licence, PCOC, insurance) and keep them with me safely if I change watercraft or need to leave to boat somewhere.
  • Keep my credit/debit card in case I need to make some purchases (gas, lunch or ice cream for the kids...)
  • Have my phone along safely, which also means I have photo and video along for the ride.
  • Keep all the above items dry and waterproof up to 5 meters. 
  • Wear my swim trunks all day ready to hit the water anytime because I don't need pockets anymore.
  • Use the phone without removing it from the case and that includes using the camera. The results are pretty good for spontaneous shots.  You also have the ability to use the camera underwater!
I purchased the Aquapac Mini Electronics Case 108 from MEC for under $30 (or buy here online).  A tiny price to pay for all the convenience it offers.  I have my cards behind the phone and with the unit flipped in my hand for use they move out of the way of the camera...

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Monday
Jun272011

Newspaper Delivery to your Dock (Six Mile Lake)

"Imagine Saturday mornings relaxing on your dock with the Globe and Mail or Toronto Star without having to get into your car or boat!  Your can sign up for the entire summer, ten weeks, or just the weeks you are at the lake.  If there is enough interest, I am also considering some weekday delivery so let me know."  Scott 705-756-0454

Tuesday
May312011

Too Many Trips to the Cottage can ruin Happy Hour

Updated on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 5:22PM by Registered CommenterDocktime

Rick over at The Cottage Life Forum just previewed his latest invention...a dumb waiter connecting the cottage to the dock (close enough for us).  Realizing a need "to carry stuff up & down the hill, that doesn't involve so many trips", and "after some very deep thought & many drawings" this solution was created.  We think it's a perfect example of our Docktime "Made Easy" mantra!

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Friday
May202011

More Docktime...Five important steps!

For many, the May long weekend signals the beginning of cottage season and our thoughts turn to how much work can we get done and/or avoid before enjoying some dock time. We have put together some points to help you achieve this goal.

Keeping in mind if time is money, then time at the cottage relaxing vs. doing chores will also cost money and every time-starved cottager has to put a value on dock-time vs working at the cottage.  Our ideal arrangement includes the following (not in any particular order):

 Water System 

Install a PROPER year-round or super simple to operate system (one that can be winterized or started in a manner of minutes) even if you have a seasonal cottage.   Mornings and/or afternoons spent messing around with antique systems and burst pipes can add up to a wasted day in the spring and then fall.

 Cleaning

Make a constant effort to keep the cottage easy to clean ie. no carpets to collect dirt and reduce clutter to a minimum. (remember the boathouse is where you keep all the crap you don't want to throw away).  Buy a Roomba cleaning robot that you can schedule to clean the whole place while your not there.  

 We've got People

Use a cleaning service inside and/or out at the beginning of each season and eliminate the whole opening weekend hassle of tidying the place up.  What a feeling to arrive after a long winter to a fresh clean cottage!

 More power...Automate and Motorize

Appliances and power equipment...the more the better.  A dishwasher is a must as is a self cleaning oven.  For power equipment get a leaf blower, weed wacker and log splitter (if you have a fireplace) to cut down time spent keeping things tidy outside.

 Work your Tidy Zone

Delineate a tidy zone outside.  You don't necessarily have to maintain your whole property around the cottage.  Your going there to spend time with nature so let nature invade your space.  Determine the areas you need to be tidy and clean...driveways, pathways, parking areas, play areas, patios etc and a certain distance away simply ignore...within reason.

Saturday
Mar192011

Raise a Flag Made Easy

We had a great visit with Bruce Cook, owner of Ontario Flag & Pole at the Toronto Sportmen's Show.  If you're looking to add or replace that ole flagpole it doesn't get simpler than this.  You can throw the whole package on the roof of the car (it's shorter than the canoe).  If your going to attach the pole to your dock, a couple of bolts later, your flag is flying and the neighbours will be crying with envy!  Don't forget to raise a glass after you raise the flag on a job well done.  This is definitely a project that everyone can handle.You can contact Bruce at 1-888-596-0040 or by email: bruce.cook2"at"sympatico.ca. Mention it's your Docktime Made Easy project and he'll do his best to swing you 'Show Pricing' (15-20% off) even though the Show is over... If you get one comment below and/or send us a picture and we'll post it here.