Need To Know

Frozen Dock …. Don’t Let It Happen

by admin on October 14, 2015

Candlewood Dock

Floating docks typically go in the water each spring, and come out of the water each autumn.

When temperatures in an area drop below freezing, ice forms on lakes, rivers and other bodies of water. Ice can damage floating docks, so it makes sense to remove the docks before the brutally cold weather comes.

If you have a floating dock, the first thing to do in preparation for its removal is to take off all accessories and put them in storage. For instance, if you have chairs, tables, or decorations on the dock, remove them first before dealing with the dock itself. Next, temporarily tie your dock to the shoreline of your waterfront home. Wherever you have chain anchors, pull them out one by one. If the anchors are exceptionally heavy, and it’s easier to leave them in the water for next season, attach a buoy to each one—that way you’ll be able to find them easily next spring. If you use pole anchors, detach the pole connectors from the dock, sliding them off. The poles can then be pulled out of place and stored for the winter. The gangway can be detached from the dock on just one side (leaving it out for the winter), or completely. After that, dock pieces can be taken apart and brought to shore for storage. Ideally, it’s best to start from the waterside and work your way back to the shoreline. It would helpful to convince some buddies to be involved in the process to make it easier—and more fun.

Depending on your approach to dock removal, you can detach them piece-by-piece or leave some connected and haul them away. If you get a couple people to help, it’s probably easier to take them away connected, rather than spending the time to detach each one. Some people use their boat trailers to take the dock pieces out of the water. You can float the dock on top of the submerged trailer, tie the dock onto the trailer, and pull it out, rather than having several men do heavy lifting.

After the dock pieces and accessories are on shore, find a good spot to store them. If you have room in a garage, that’s great. If you want to leave them outside, store the dock face up. In the spring, you can power wash the dock before putting it back in the water so it will look clean and fresh.

You could also just call your favorite dock service company and enjoy coffee in front of your fireplace while they do the work


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Brian Corson…. waterfront specialist helping waterfront buyers and sellers for over 30 years all over Connecticut


Waterfront homes are unique, your home is unique… and it takes a focused marketing approach to attract & educate the best buyers from a nation-wide audience.

So why would you trust your most important investment to a generalist? Most Real Estate agents sell every type of property they can get their hands on…and there’s nothing wrong with that. But waterfront homes are unique. The buyers that buy them are unique. So it just makes sense to have an agent that walks the walk.

Here’s some things to look for when searching for a lakefront specialty agent to sell your property:

  • I always tell sellers to ask the following question as soon as the agent walks in the door: “Sell me on my lake right now”. If they don’t completely blow you away with their waterfront knowledge, you’ve got the wrong agent in your house. You’ll save an hour of your time! It’s worth repeating…Buyers are buying the waterfront, not the house!
  • Most sellers will ask “How many waterfront homes have you sold over the last 12 months?”  And although that’s a good question (and be sure to get an answer), what you really should be asking is: “How many waterfront buyers are you working with RIGHT NOW that qualify for my home?” Because if their entire marketing plan is to put it on MLS and hope that another agency sells it, that’s not a marketing plan.
  • Do they know what it takes to prepare your waterfront home for sale Buyers have very specific needs…they are buying a lifestyle, not just a home. So be sure they know how to stage your home to highlight the lifestyle the buyer will be living.
  • Ask them how they will be setting the sales price. Two things happen when you get a market analysis from a “generalist” agent. They either price it like it’s not on the water (because that’s all they know); or they price it way too high because they don’t understand the value the waterfront brings. Be sure they understand the #1 way to correctly value your lakefront property.
  • Do they understand waterfront use permits, boats, water sports, water quality issues, boat size requirements, septic system issues around the water, shoreline management plans, waterfront community association requirements and amenities, waterfront zoning issues, waterfront building permit requirements etc etc

You only get one chance at this…never leave money on the table. Give yourself the best chance at maximum value, hire a lakefront specialist!  Give me a call today at 203-426-2721


Waterfront Home Search Made Easy

by admin on September 11, 2014

waterfrontIt is said that over 90% of all home buyers begin their search on-line. And while this is typically a smooth process for most home buyers, the same cannot be said for those dreaming of waterfront living. Searching the internet for direct waterfront homes can be tedious and difficult.

The inherent problem is the way that Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data is entered, and then distributed, to the internet. Generally, MLS systems do not have a way to separate the DIRECT lakefront homes from the ones that are across the street, have deeded rights, or simply just have a view of the lake. Therefore, search functions cannot grab the right data for interested consumers.

We found buyers were extremely frustrated trying find DIRECT waterfront homes on-line. In fact, our feedback from buyers indicated they were spending many hours searching through  websites and coming up empty handed. So we set out to reduce that time to just seconds to find waterfront homes all over Connecticut.

Every day, our team of waterfront specialists comb through every new listing in Connecticut. These new waterfront home listings are then individually entered into the database of our new user friendly website at  Now it’s possible to browse through 100’s of waterfront homes, all on one easy to use website. Give it a try…you could have your toes in the water faster than you think!


Is Your Brain Really Blue?

by admin on September 6, 2014


A  York Times best seller, the book Blue Mind is a fascinating study of the emotional, behavioral, psychological and physical connections that keep humans so enchanted with water…you’ll read it once and then come back to it time and again…” ~Washington Post

Marine Biologist and Author, Wallace J. Nichols PhD., chronicles the surprising science that shows how being near, in, or under water can make you happier, healthier, more connected and better at what you do.

It’s incredible to think that we can alter our brain’s positive neural pathways by increasing our exposure to happy experiences in, near or on water, but apparently it’s true. While the mind runs the show, the body isn’t left out of the discussion. Most of us could close our eyes right now and recall the sights and associated sounds of our favorite shoreline.

Nichols explores the sensory appeal of water, showing us how the sight, sound, feel, and even smell and taste of water affect us on an incredibly deep and raw level.

After 60+ years of being on and around the water myself, it’s certainly something I’ve always believed in…but it’s good to know there’s science behind it!

The book is available on Amazon here: Blue Mind.


Candlewood LakeWe have been fortunate with the weather this summer (cool nights and moderate days), which tends to minimize the occurrence of blue green algae blooms – however it’s important to be aware of the following facts.

When temperatures climb and the sun beats down, conditions are especially favorable for Connecticut lakes to produce algae blooms, some of which can be harmful to pets and humans.

What: Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are most often blue-green algal (otherwise known as cyanobacteria) blooms containing toxins or other noxious chemicals, which can pose harmful health risks.  Not all algae blooms are “blue-green” (see page 2 photos), and not all blue-green algal blooms are harmful, however there is no visual way to predict the toxicity of a blue-green algal bloom without a more detailed chemical evaluation.

Several types of blue-green algae commonly occur in lakes and ponds in Connecticut.  Blue-green algae blooms can occur frequently throughout the summer season in some lakes.  Spells of hot weather and heavy rains carrying nutrients can create conditions that increase the possibility for frequent blue-green algae blooms though they are hard to predict.  Since lakes are always in motion, the wind and waves that bring a bloom to a beach are just as capable of blowing it away.  Blooms can linger for a few hours or days depending on weather conditions.

Why is this a concern? People or pets that immerse themselves in waters when a bloom is present may be exposed to toxins.  They may develop skin irritation or upper respiratory problems from exposure to HABs, gastrointestinal problems, and in extreme cases, dogs and other animals have even died after ingesting water containing these toxins by either drinking the water or cleaning their fur coats with their tongues.

Where: Severe blue-green algal blooms typically occur on lakes when nutrient loading exceeds certain levels resulting in poor water quality and looks like green paint, pea soup, or a thick green cake (see photo gallery below for examples). These blooms may produce and release toxins.  Algal blooms often result in extremely low water clarity (less than 1 foot).

What should I do if I suspect a HAB on my lake? When blooms are present, people should avoid contact with the water and they should prevent animals from swimming in or drinking the water.  Scientists do not yet know what causes some blooms to produce toxins while others do not, so the safest course of action is to avoid contact with all blue-green blooms.

What does it look like? Blue-green algae can be hard to distinguish from other types of algae. While it’s often described as looking like pea soup or spilled green paint, it can take other forms as well.


Photo of Blue Green Algae shown above.



 The  photo above is Filamentous Algae , NOT Blue Green Algae.

 What should I do if I or my pet accidently come in contact with a blue-green algae bloom?

  • Thoroughly rinse yourself and your pet(s) off.
  • If you experience any signs of symptoms post-exposure, contact your health care provider or Poison Control Center for advice.
  • Immediately contact your veterinarian if your pet shows any symptoms post-ingestion.


If you believe you, someone else or a pet are experiencing adverse health effects due to contact with, or ingestion of, lake water/algae, you should seek medical attention.

In addition, people are encouraged to call their local Public Health Agency, or Connecticut Department of Public Health (CDPH) (860) 509-7758. Citizens can also contact CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) at (860) 424-3020 or visit the DEEP website for more detailed information at



Waterfront Homes….. The Mosquito Myth

by admin on February 15, 2014

The Mosquito Myth….. mosquito.jpgThis questions asked quite often: Aren’t lakes and waterfront homes in general, a breeding ground for mosquitoes? Let’s clear up some facts… There are four stages in the life cycle of a mosquito: egg, larva, and pupae must have standing water to complete their development.  The type of standing water, however, varies greatly. Some species prefer to develop in permanent water sources such as marshes, waste lagoons, and catch basins. Other species prefer the water that collects in tree holes, tires, cans, or other artificial containers.  Still others develop; in temporary pools of rainwater. The water source must be “stagnant” and protected from the wind.

Most lakes and waterfront areas in general we are referencing today would not be able to support mosquito life. Also, on any decent sized body of water, there is almost always a breeze coming off the water that helps keep mosquitoes away. You will certainly still have mosquitoes, but you will have less than your neighbor across the street whose house is tucked in the woods. Our favorite example is Candlewood Lake and the bottom line is, we have never, in 25+ years on and around the lake, been bitten by one of those pesky bugs. Pretty much the same story for Lillinonah, Zoar, Bantam etc and the shore line of Long Island Sound most always has a nice breeze, so bye, bye Mr and Mrs Mosquito.