Boat Garage Ideas: A Schweiss Hydraulic Door is the Finishing Touch for a Log Cabin Inspired Boathouse

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The new boathouse is built with log-sided cedar wood planks and new roof giving it a charming log-cabin look.

The Ryan boathouse has been renovated and equipped with stylish decor pieces and a Schweiss “Red Power” pump to create a grand entrance to Lake Vermillion. It’s home to a classic 1955 Chris Craft Continental.

A New Boathouse Garage Fit With a Schweiss Hydraulic Door Creates Envy on Beautiful Lake Vermilion

Jeff Ryan, boathouse owner exclaims, “I can tell you this, I’m the envy of the lake!”

His new floating boat garage has a remote-controlled Schweiss “Red Power” Hydraulic door that opens up to the lake. However, the main showcase piece is Ryan’s 1955 Chris Craft Continental boat that cruises in and out of the boathouse through the Schweiss door.

The Lake

During the 1940s, the National Geographic Society named Lake Vermilion as one of the top 10 most scenic lakes in the United States, it has maintained that beauty to this day.
Get to Know Lake Vermillion:

  • 40,000 acres of water
  • 365 islands
  • 1,200 miles of shoreline
  • 40 miles Long
  • Located in Minnesota’s northeast Arrowhead Region

Ryan estimates the original boathouse on his lakeside lot was about 75 years old, with vinyl siding added to it in 1990. Harsh northern weather like ice, snow and strong winds were the cause of its eventual downfall. It was time for a new structure before the entire boathouse collapsed. When Ryan decided to rebuild the boathouse, he went for all things classy — including the hydraulic door!

To mount the door to the building, a barge was used to float the Schweiss Hydraulic Door into its place.

To mount the door to the building, a barge was used to float the Schweiss Hydraulic Door into its place.

Construction of the Boathouse & Garage Door

Building on water presents a more obvious challenge than simply building on dry, safe land. Missing his chance to use ice to his advantage, Ryan had to use a barge in the spring to ease the Schweiss hydraulic door to the front of the boat house garage. The door then had to be built on before it was hung, making the process even more tedious.

Jeff Ryan explains the process further:
“We put some weight on this door. It has wood planks on the inside and outside and a steel frame. This was a pretty heavy door, about 700 pounds (12.5 x 6.5 ft). It installed with ease. My guys did it for me, they put the door on in a day. The important thing was Brent (at Schweiss Doors) gave me all the dimensions prior so I had the cut out of the exact size. So when we put it in, it fit perfect. It took about four hours to actually hang the door,”

From a Boathouse Garage Idea to a Real Life Cabin Garage

Ryan spent the winter rebuilding the boathouse with new cribs under the water and new supports in the roofing and walls. The long side of the house has cedar wood planks on the outside and 3/4″ tongue and groove on the inside of the boathouse. The boathouse also had to be rewired so Ryan could run more power to it.

Electric hoists were used to lift and lower the boat in and out of the water with the support of their rail system built into the ceiling. Winter storage is made easy because the boat can be fully lifted out of the water.

Electric hoists were used to lift and lower the boat in and out of the water with the support of their rail system built into the ceiling. Winter storage is made easy because the boat can be fully lifted out of the water.

Electric hoists were used to lift and lower the boat from the water with the support of the rail system built into the ceiling. Winter storage is made easy because the boat can be raised completely out of the water. The rollers on the hoists allow the prized boat to move forward and backward depending on the water level. As for the door decision — Lake Vermillion’s strong winds lead Ryan to choose a Schweiss Door with a wind rate at 90 mph.

“I considered a (Schweiss) Bifold Door, but because of the height and the water height going up and down, I didn’t want to be ducking down to get the boat on and off,” noted Ryan. The old door was basically a roll-up garage door, which obviously wouldn’t have worked with my hoist system.”
Ryan will be enjoying his boat, boathouse and Schweiss Hydraulic door for many summers to come! “My neighbor said it’s overkill. But it’s beautiful,” said Ryan with a grin.

Contact us to see how we can finish your next project with a durable, easy-access Schweiss Hydraulic Door!

Lake Vermilion has long been known for its beautiful houseboats. Now it can also be known for its beautiful boathouses.

Lake Vermilion has long been known for its beautiful houseboats. Now it can also be known for its beautiful boathouses.

Let’s go back in time to the old boathouse above. Built about 75 years ago, it was in dire need of a complete rebuild.

Let’s go back in time to the old boathouse above. Built about 75 years ago, it was in dire need of a complete rebuild.

Jeff Ryan's daughter, Caitlin, 10, is an avid fisher, and she has a big largemouth bass to prove it.

Jeff Ryan’s daughter, Caitlin, 10, is an avid fisher, and she has a big largemouth bass to prove it.

See the door and classic boat in action on YouTube!

Learn more about Jeff Ryan

Jeff Ryan is the owner of Versare Portable Products Company in Minneapolis. Versare manufactures and distributes room dividers, screens for hospitals, temporary walls for factories, mobile folding partitions for school, backdrops for meeting rooms and more. They have locations overseas in France, China and soon in Bahrain. For more information on visit Versare