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Time to Get your Boat Dock Ready for Winter in New Hampshire


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AS MOST PEOPLE strive to get the most out of their watercraft, most seasonal docks remain in place until October, but it all depends on how quickly temperatures drop in the fall.

While some area residents take their docks out around Labor Day, most take advantage of the remaining good weather - even if the water temperatures get cooler, according to Scott Buckland, owner of Granite State Dock and Marina in Derry.

"It's all kind of weather permitting," Buckland said.

According to the state, seasonal docks must be removed "during the non-boating season for at least five months each year."

"It's designed to be outside," Merrill said.

There are many types of docks - including wood sectional pipe docks, aluminum crank-out docks, breakwater and piling docks, according to Mike

Metcalfe, owner of Winnipesaukee Island Services.

"Each type of dock has its own unique process for fall removal or winterization," Metcalfe said.

Metcalfe recommends removing sectional docks while the water and air temperature are still comfortable.

"It's important to have a plan prior to removing the first section," Metcalfe said, adding this way the correct tools will be on hand and the sections can be stored in an order which will aid the assembly process in the spring.

"It's easier to replace a part in the fall than try and track it down and repair it in the spring," Metcalfe said.

Metcalfe said it's best to cover or store decking sections after removing them from aluminum crank-out docks, which are winched out of the water for the winter. He said it's prudent to use ropes to stabilize the upright dock against winter winds.

"It's a good idea to inspect the decking sections for loose screws, broken decking and to apply a coat of stain as needed when you have the sections in your garage," Metcalfe said.

Most permanent docks need circulators or bubblers installed to protect them from ice damage, Metcalfe said.

"It's important to remember to always post a thin ice sign on the end of your dock when using any type of ice-heating equipment," Metcalfe said. "It's also important to note with these style docks, most ice damage occurs in the spring from wind-driven ice."

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Anyone interested in installing a seasonal dock, making repairs to an existing permanent structure or working on waterfront property must acquire a permit from the DES Wetlands Bureau. Area residents can visit the technical assistance section on the DES website to use a logic model to determine whether they need a permit for specific projects.

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