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Old 12-19-2016, 10:16 AM   #1
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New dock cart

I just started building a new dock cart , actually it's a modified garden cart but we are going to use it at the dock . I was bored and wanted a simple woodworking project so I bought a Garden Cart plan book and modified it some to fit our needs. We have dock carts available but some people don't return them I got tired of trying to run one down every time.I know I could've bought a plastic cheaper one but this one has been fun to build. I still need to paint it and do little more modifying. It rolls like a dream with those 26" cart tires . We have a new slip with some extra deck space and we'll keep it there . We're gonna name it "This is not your cart"
Every Mother Earth luvin ,organic urban yuppie needs one of these .
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Old 12-19-2016, 10:30 AM   #2
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The Jan/Feb issue of Woodenboat Magazine has gone you one better. They show how to make your dinghy do double duty as a wheelbarrow. A wheel is partially buried withing the bow flotation compartment (our under the bow thwart, at least), with its lower arc protruding low enough to roll on the ground, and the gunwale strakes are carried aft of the transom far enough to serve as handles. What could be more nautical?
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Old 12-19-2016, 10:34 AM   #3
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Nice!!! Time to load that thing up with beer and ice
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Old 12-19-2016, 10:39 AM   #4
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7 days. That's how long it's going to be before some well intentioned boater borrows it and forgets to return it.

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"Nice!!! Time to load that thing up with beer and ice"

Don't forget a drain if you close the end up! Maybe even put a fold out platform from the cargo area that will double as a portable cot. Add a tent top and have an all weather multi function domestic two wheeled conveyance. Go into production and sell to the government. I think you are on to something!
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I feel your pain, Marty. It seemed that everytime I needed one, it wasn't available. Now I keep a $50 folding canvas wagon from Costco in my trunk. Sure, it takes up some space, but it's always there when I need it. Yours is much larger. Nice job!
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Old 12-19-2016, 04:37 PM   #7
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It looks fine and should do the job. The disadvantage of course is you still have to walk to your slip to get it and back to the car to load it. Same when you leave the marina, you have to walk it back to your slip.


We have the same problem with inconsiderate boaters at our marina. They don't bring the carts back.


I suggest storing it upside down to keep the rain out and locking it to your dock.
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Nice job! Only one suggestion, switch to solid tires. I've got one of the fancy folding ones and the damn tires are flat every time I want to use it.
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Surely your berth neighbors will enjoy the cart in your absence! ... If I moved from the marina-supplied cart, I'd get one that's collapsible so as to return to car when not in immediate personal use.



(Much prefer cement over wooden docks.)
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Almost done . Still have to add some aluminum to the edges and corners .
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Surely your berth neighbors will enjoy the cart in your absence! ... If I moved from the marina-supplied cart, I'd get one that's collapsible so as to return to car when not in immediate personal use.



(Much prefer cement over wooden docks.)
They'll have to pick the lock
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Nix the aluminum.
I even like the color.
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It may not ever make it to the dock if Joy decides she needs it at the house . I used one sheet of 5x5 Baltic birch plywood.The wheels are set back far enough for the cart to be stored on the end . The plans are from the Whizbang Garden Cart Book .
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Marty, looking at that thing of beauty, someone might think you know something about wood working. Nice!
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Marty, what are the vertical pieces that come higher than the box used for?
I like the way you finished the ends.
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I'd regret owning a cart that pretty. If I parked that thing next to my boat, it'd make my boat look even worse!

It's bad enough that I have to stoop to using artist's renderings to make my boat look good. I'll be damned before I'll park a piece of woodworking artistry next to my float! Gimme a dumpy looking marina cart any day!
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Al, you exaggerate the negative appearance of your boat. It looks good to me!

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