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Old 11-08-2019, 06:31 PM   #1
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Smile My Boat Project For Next Week Arrived This Afternoon!

Floating dock for our 15' RIB. Fed up having to regularly lift it to clean it - even though we had the bottom painted. The paint just doesn't do well on the parts of the tubes that sit in the water.
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Old 11-08-2019, 07:24 PM   #2
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Looks like a big Lego project.
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Old 11-08-2019, 07:46 PM   #3
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It pretty much is!!

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Old 11-11-2019, 10:16 AM   #4
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Menzies, where is it for? I'm assuming you have waterfront property? Lol
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Just need to mount a rotisserie on it to flip the boat for painting. All though it may be light enough to man handle.
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Old 11-11-2019, 01:17 PM   #6
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Hope you have a good back...that's a lot of leaning over and reaching to piece and torque those bits together.
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OK, they offered a construction service, but its only 49 blocks that you clip together - so how hard can it be, right!

You guessed it. Wrong!

We unloaded it, laid it out on the grassy slope to the water thinking it would be easy to slip in after it is built. But, nope, it needs to be on a flat surface. So we moved it to a flat bit of the lawn but nope, there really isn't a flat bit of grass!

We finally moved it to the concrete dock so that we could build the middle three sections, then the outer rows separately. Manhandled launched the middle section and then connected the outer rows after launch.

Bottom line, the husband and wife that dock build together, stay together - so long as next time I pay someone else to build it!
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Hope you have a good back...that's a lot of leaning over and reaching to piece and torque those bits together.
Made sure to wear a good quality brace. Still there's bits hurting that I didn't know I had!
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It's upside down and inside out.


It's done and lessons learned. Looks really spiffy floating there ready for the boat.
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Made sure to wear a good quality brace. Still there's bits hurting that I didn't know I had!
Did you try it to see if it actually works?
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Did you try it to see if it actually works?
In about an hour. I just finished adding three sturdy galvanized cleats to the dock, two additional small fenders to the dock at the non-boarding end, and drove an eight foot pole into the water at the corner that cannot be attached to the dock. I just need to attach a line to that pole and put away all the tools, and I will be ready to try it out. I am sure there are going to be some misses until I get used to aiming for it!
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Just go really fast and it will go on...
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Just go really fast and it will go on...
Uh huh. Problem is, as you can see in the last photo above, it is on the inside of my dock so I have to turn to starboard just before I gun it - so have to make sure I am lined up quickly. My hope is that the half block difference in the "groove" will line up my bottom once coming on!

Ah well, never too old to learn new tricks!
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Old 11-12-2019, 05:26 PM   #14
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Test will have to wait until tomorrow.

I have to fill the four rear blocks with water up to the fill hole so as to lower the end of the dock. It started raining before I could do that so tomorrow it is.
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The times I have seen people use a floating dock, they don’t have to be moving to get it on the floats. They just touch the bow on the front and give it fuel...should climb on slick. Good luck.
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So are we!

Otherwise we have a well built floating dock going half price!
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Damn, that looks great.. You'll be the envy and trend setter of Queens Harbor.
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Damn, that looks great.. You'll be the envy and trend setter of Queens Harbor.
So long as no one leaves the lock open and we have beach front property!
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Old 11-13-2019, 01:26 AM   #20
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My Boat Project For Next Week Arrived This Afternoon!

I had a set of those. Really flimsy. After 2 years they started leaking and denting and the entire dock deformed, leaving my boat partially in the water. A very poor reinvestment on my part. I hope you have better luck than I did with dockbocks. I replaced the system with a boat lift
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