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It’s been a challenging time for our community as the Grouse Complex wildfire forced so many of our neighbours from their homes. As we all look to brighter days ahead, we know many of you have questions about your Kelowna boat lifts and docks on Okanagan Lake.

Thankfully, we’ve seen many structures on the water make it through the fire without any damage. However, when you return home, how do you ensure your Kelowna boat lift and dock are safe to use? Here’s what you need to know.

1. Check for Visible Structural Damage

We know you can’t wait to get back on the water and make the most of the warm weather before autumn comes, but before you walk onto your dock and lower your boat onto Okanagan Lake, it’s important to make sure it is safe.

Look for any signs of damage, including:

  • Cracked, loose or scorched decking
  • Wobbly or unstable dock
  • Debris on or around your dock
  • Warping or other physical damage to your boat and lift
  • Live and exposed wires

2. Take Photos of any Visible or Suspected Damage

If you have any concerns about the safety of your Kelowna boat lift and dock or notice any damage, please take a picture and share it with our dock experts. Provide as much information as you can in an email or over the phone. From there, we’ll be able to work with you to make a plan for an inspection.

3. Get a Professional Inspection

Depending on the extent of the visible or suspected damage, our team of skilled dock builders will come on-site for repairs to make sure your Kelowna boat lift and dock are structurally sound and safe to use.

At Shoreline, we’ve spent four decades helping dock and boat lift owners on Okanagan Lake mitigate the impact of storms, flooding and fires. When accidents and natural disasters happen, we’re proud to use our expertise as Kelowna’s dock builders to help make the lake safe for everyone.

With the support of the provincial and local governments, our team is currently on the water removing damaged boats, docks and debris from Okanagan Lake.

While we work to clean up the lake and get you and other boaters back on the water as soon and as safely as possible, the RCMP asks everyone to avoid going on the water between the William R. Bennet Bridge and Fintry Provincial Park to keep the lake open for waterbombing aircraft. Instead, stay safe and enjoy the water south of the bridge towards Penticton and further north near Vernon.

Questions about the safety of your Kelowna boat lift and dock? Give us a call at 250-769-7694 or reach out to us online to get started.