A New Boathouse 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 boathouse 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.
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!
Construction of the Boathouse
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. 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,”
The Boathouse Design
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 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.
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