Shore Docker for small boats

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Project by oakwood posted 705 days ago 2368 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought boat owners might appreciate this posting of my shore docker. The docker is made up of 2×6 spruce (cedar would be better). The casters are rubber and 200 lb. rated. So far they seem to be working ok. The docker saves me from launching at the boat ramp down the road. Why not just build a dock you ask? The reason is that the prevailing winds bring in some pretty strong waves and a dock just would not do. So for those who have a similar situation, this might be a solution for you. bye for now!

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#1 posted 705 days ago

Good idea, though I think you will soon get to make any changes you find you need as the spruce decays.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 705 days ago

Good idea! But be aware that it is illegal in most areas to use pressure treated lumber directly in the water due to leaching of the chemicals. There are ‘marine’ treatments you may use to protect your lumber that are better and legal.

-- Dennis, WV

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#3 posted 705 days ago

I like the whole idea and you executed it well..
The only thing that sticks out to me is that your wheels do not have much contact surface with the hull, possibly angling them might correct this.
G Vavra

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#4 posted 705 days ago

Great pictures and project : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Mainiac Matt

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#5 posted 705 days ago

My sail boat sank on it’s mooring years ago and was damaged beyond the boats value.

I wish I had put it on a ramp like yours or a boat lift instead.

Still bums me out to think about it.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#6 posted 705 days ago

That is a great idea. But I just sold my boat. One of the happiest days of my life. The other was when I bought it.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#7 posted 705 days ago

Great idea! For a haven like that, you need an equally impressive shore docker for the lovely boat!

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#8 posted 703 days ago

Great idea, thanks for sharing

-- Norman

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#9 posted 630 days ago

Good idea. I’ve been thinking about something like this for my sailboat due to a lack of sufficient dock space for it.
Re: comment “it is illegal in most areas to use pressure treated lumber directly in the water due to leaching of the chemicals” Where I live they haven’t sold toxic pressure treated wood for at least 7 years. They now use a 97% copper solution to pressure treat lumber and it is suitable for docks and similar applications. This requires special coated ‘deck screws’ to prevent galvanic corrosion that would eat a plain steel screw.

-- It's easy when you know how. Ontario, Canada

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#10 posted 630 days ago

Yes you are right about the pressure treated lumber. I made it as a prototype to see how it would work. It has allot of room for improvements.

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