The development of the dock

Float Retrieval 2011

The 5'X16' floating docks that were built by Shed City have one drag on float at each end and are very unstable. However, they are light enough to be picked up by my front end loader. The 10'X 20' docks are too heavy for the front end loader and must be moved with a roll back trailer.

If my back ever quits hurting and I have nothing to do for a week I will construct two more 8'X 16' docks to go at the end of the docks.

The first dock had two 4X16 foot ramps supported in the center by a float that Dick Silly lent me. If you look carefully you can see the red walkway. It was haphazard but it worked. I was finally able to replace it with a ramp that Brig Pemberton sold me for $1,000. Larry Eaton had insisted that the ramp was too light and would not work but it has been wonderful. It is only 200 lbs and can be winched up the steps at the end of the season.

Here you see the aluminum ramp. Note the two 4X4 wooden blocks at the side of the ramp. They hold it in place. I worked with Bob Acorn for a week trying to develop a metal structure to hold the end of the ramp. This has worked through some violent storms.

Note the out riggers on the first floating dock. One of the drag on floats washed up after a storm and I ordered another to help stabilize the dock but it did not help much so I constructed the second floating dock and bought four drag on boxes from Custom Docks in Portland.

The 4X16 docks were so unstable that I ordered two additional floats from Shed City that are 10 feet wide and 16 feet long. They have added great stability to the dock system.

These floating docks are being removed for the winter. Cliff Houle uses his rollback trailer to remove the two larger docks that weigh 4,500 lbs each. I remove the 7 remaining docks that weigh 1,500 lbs each using my tractor. The rope you see going from the shore to the docks keeps them lined up so they can be removed in an orderly fashion. As I get older it gets harder and harder to take the docks out in spite of the cutting edge technology used in their manipulation.

Notice the white guide rope which is 250 feet long. It comes from the mooring to a pin in a at Pripet Warf. This rope is essential to the removing and insertion of the docks. Prior to its use I routinely got my boat prop into the rocks.

Cliff Houle walks down to the water to see why the docks are not closer to the shore. After pulling out the two 4,500 lb docks his roll back trailer started pouring out hydraulic fluid and he could not stop the leak.

The first dock extended out 100 feet. At a -1.7 foot tide there was only 8" of water at the end of the dock. I eventually extended out another 36'. Now there is two feet at extreme low tide. The ocean bed is so flat that the tide goes out 16' for every foot it goes down.
A southeastern storm came in and the Catalina was moored to the same 2,000 lb. granite slab that the dock was tied to. The Catalina was washed into the dock and caused extensive damage. The rudder of the Catalina had to be replaced.