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De-alcoholized beer on the water

De-alcoholized beer on the water

Can you drink de-alcoholized beer in the boat when you’re under way?
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Timbers with wooden spikes to fix a boathouse

Timbers with wooden spikes to fix a boathouse

Could timbers with wooden spikes be used instead of galvanized steel when repairing the wood cribs that support a boathouse? Would wooden spikes shrink and swell with the rest of the wood, leaving less space for rot?
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Dock property lines

Dock property lines

Can anything be done if neighbours have built their dock and moored their boat so that they cross the property line? Is there anyone whom can be contacted regarding this type of situation?
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Quickly get out of wakeboard bindings

Quickly get out of wakeboard bindings

Are there any tips for getting out of wakeboard bindings quickly?
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Adult-sized bass attacking swimmers’ feet

Adult-sized bass attacking swimmers’ feet

Why would an adult-sized bass attack swimmers’ feet?
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Pesticide spraying

Pesticide spraying

Is it possible to determine whether pesticide spraying has been conducted near one’s cottage?
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Algae, frogs and lake health

Algae, frogs and lake health

What kind of algae is long and blown up like a balloon with thin, green, slippery skin? Do frogs indicate the health of the lake?
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Getting rid of poison ivy

Getting rid of poison ivy

Are there any environmentally friendly ways of getting rid of poison ivy near a shoreline?
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Anchoring a swim raft

Anchoring a swim raft

What is the best way to anchor a swim raft at the cottage?
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Dredging a beach

Dredging a beach

What needs to be done to dredge a beach to create a swimming area?
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