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Old 09-15-2017, 01:33 PM   #151
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SMart move. I've walked docs on the tail end of a hurricane. Those docks were very wide with a lot of pilings, so you couldn't wander off the side easily. We pounded the boards in front of us with boat poles to make sure there were no missing boards. The boards don't break, they either lift or stay in place.
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Got a chain around one piling and Shore power restored now. On Saturday going to try and jet the other piling back to vertical and get a second chain on that piling. Then I need to figure out how to get the ramp back on top of the dock.

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Old 09-30-2017, 10:58 PM   #153
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Got the ramp back on the dock, took 4 people. If I had finished my latest project first, would have been much easier.

Got my hands on a free boat (it was included with the trailer). Built myself a crane barge. I just finished rigging it. I designed to be able to lift about 2000 lbs, but pilings weigh about 6-700, so should be okay.

There may be an issue with flotation, so, I may add outriggers with 55 gallon barrels for extra flotation on the bow, but we will see once she's in the water.

Right now I have the cable cranked down against the trailer. Nothing moved, which is a good primary test.

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Interesting, does the boat have an engine or some counter weight on the backside?
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Interesting, does the boat have an engine or some counter weight on the backside?
Nope, no motor. That is why I'm thinking I may need to add outriggers for more flotation.

I keep laughing at myself, that thing looks so redneck. But I only have $200 invested in it, and if I can set my own pilings, that saves me many thousands of dollars.

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Nope, no motor. That is why I'm thinking I may need to add outriggers for more flotation.

I keep laughing at myself, that thing looks so redneck. But I only have $200 invested in it, and if I can set my own pilings, that saves me many thousands of dollars.

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Definitely redneck dock installer.

But no one can argue saving thousands. The real question is what next redneck thing do you do with her? Hold my beer and watch this.
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Definitely redneck dock installer.

But no one can argue saving thousands. The real question is what next redneck thing do you do with her? Hold my beer and watch this.
Not sure what's next. We'll see how she performs in her primary role, and got from there. May also get used hauling debris such as tires up out of the river.

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Keep an eye on the stern when lifting. The sharp V on the bow will cause the boat to roll once the stern is lifted out of the water. You can stand in the center of a canoe. EVer try sitting on the deck plate on the bow or stern of a canoe? Immediate inversion.
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Keep an eye on the stern when lifting. The sharp V on the bow will cause the boat to roll once the stern is lifted out of the water. You can stand in the center of a canoe. EVer try sitting on the deck plate on the bow or stern of a canoe? Immediate inversion.
That's a good point. Another reason for outriggers. Also I will be putting a board across a few feet back from the crane with holes in either end for spudding the boat in place. That should help with roll some as it would bind up on the spuds.

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Floated it the other day, and it will definitely need some more flotation on the bow. Picked up about 300 pounds, but the bow was getting close to going under. 2 barrels on outriggers should do it.

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