Boathouses, Docks and Boats: Protection from Ice Damages

Aerial view of Thawline Deicer in the Muskoka, Ontario
Thawline Bubbler: excellent deicing option for populated shorelines
  • Aerial view of Thawline Deicer in the Muskoka, Ontario
  • Thawline Bubbler: excellent deicing option for populated shorelines
Docks and boathouses deicing in Muskoka with Thawline Bubbler®

Impeller De-Icers create wide openings in the iceSome clients from the Lake Rosseau (Muskoka) region in Ontario, Canada, approached us to become distributor of the Thawline Bubbler™ Deicers after safety issues were being raised locally concerning the large openings in the ice related to deicing their docks and boathouses with impeller de-icers such as those manufactured by Kasco Marine and Ice Eaters (see picture at right).

They are looking for a linear deicing system to keep ice open around docks & boathouses in a more discreet fashion, without very large ice openings associated with impeller systems.

They are also interested in the fact the Thawline Bubbler™ system can be used year round to improve water quality along the shoreline at the cottage, helping give oxygen to nutrient rich sediment.

For one of our client, a Thawline Bubbler™ with over 100′ of Bubble Tubing® was installed below the boathouse. The ice opening was much smaller than with the impeller deicer and in the extreme cold only a few bubbles escape the ice which in effect creates fragile ice that does no damage whatsoever. As temperatures warm, the ice opening will respond again.

Discreet ice opening with a deicer such as our Thawline Bubbler™“(…) It was -36°C here last night, -45ºC with the windchill so there were only a few bubbles breaking through the ice currently. The nice thing about the BH being frozen in, during the extreme cold is that everything including the boats inside, aren’t covered in frost like it used to be using conventional deicers.

From an earlier email:

“(…) The system accomplishes exactly what I was looking for!

A consistent break in the ice of our dock from the main lake ice pack. This is something that we were continually frustrated with, even with using two propeller type deicers. We were always too open in one area while having the dock frozen to the main lake ice pack in another. This deicing system also creates a safer situation around our dock for snowmobilers, ice fishermen and anyone else travelling on the lakes during the winter. No large open areas around our dock anymore.

Boathouse and docks deicing with Thawline Bubbler™There has been a lot of talk in our area lately by the local municipalities, bylaw officers, and police and even on news broadcasts regarding dock bubbling and the sometimes unsafe situations that are being created. This system goes a long way to improve the conditions around a dock by providing deicing only where necessary without the large open areas experienced with other types of deicing, while protecting at the same time, the investment that many people have in their docks and boathouses.

I had told Patrick that I was making myself somewhat of a test case or Guinea Pig by installing this type of system. Well, I have been telling many of our clients and friends about it and have been getting very positive interest! The cool thing is that I can show them a working system year round!

Also a good excuse to get together for a beer at the dock!” – Randy P., Lake Rosseau, ON.