The neighbours joke—in a good-natured way—about Frank Wunderlich’s “Muskoka Boathouse.” But what the shelter lacks in elegance, it more than makes up in convenience. “I wanted to get the boat to an area that was dry and clean,” says the cottager from Haliburton’s Tedious Lake.
Tired of bailing stormwater and picking leaves out of his 14-foot aluminum boat, Wunderlich built a ladder-style ramp made from pressure-treated 2×6 boards, studded with a dozen non-marking rubber casters from Princess Auto and covered by a portable canopy. The top end of the ramp is reinforced by 4x4s, with an upright 4×4 holding a 1,200-pound hand winch.
The winch is so easy to use, Wunderlich’s 9-year-old son, Jordan, can reel in the boat and its 9.9-hp outboard.“In three to five minutes the boat’s right out of the water. When you come back next weekend, it’s back in the water in two minutes,” Wunderlich says.