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 Post subject: Re: Keep boat in water?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2015 5:05 pm 
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Version 2.0 :) My son and I worked on it for about 4 hours, spent another $160, so my dock has now cost me $280. I didn't have to waste anything from V1 except the foam noodles. I dropped the L shaped re-barb down to the lowest point, hammered the base down a few more inches so it is now about 3-4 inches above the water level. Maybe could have gone down another 2 inches.

Made a frame out of 4x4 eight feet by 6 feet. Since the bottom of the pontoons are not flat, I put five 8'6" 5/8 pipes across the frame, using 2x4 blocks on the outside sets, then 1x4 on the first set inside and nothing in the middle. Came close, but the curve is so severe, the first set of rollers could be 2 inches higher :(

I think it is closer, I put PVC over the ends of the steel rods hoping they would roll, but that didn't work out. Almost seem like I need bearing to get them to spin when the boat is being put on.

Sliding the boat on was much easier than lifting.

I do plan to add a wentch to allow me to get it on the platform by myself.

Things I learned:

1. Due to the curve in the bottom of the pontoons, I need to add another block under the first set of rollers.
2. May need to see if I can get some bearings to make the pvc roll.
3. Might want to remove the block on the rear set of rollers to make getting the boat out of the water easier, just use it for loading and not support once it is in place.
4. Need better fasteners to hold on PVC, what I got just isn't staying on well.
5. Because I am on a calm lake that doesn't get much wave action, I might want to go lower or add an additional roller that sticks out behind the platform at water level.

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 Post subject: Re: Keep boat in water?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:37 am 
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Location: Pymatuning, PA
Nice boat lift made of wood.

Looking to do something like this myself to keep my Hobie 16 out of the water and not have to drag it back on shore after each use.

What are the dimensions? Are those 10 ft 2x8? 2x6? Pressured treated? Marine grade?


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 Post subject: Re: Keep boat in water?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:57 pm 
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That's a solid start -- I wish the lakes out here would allow something like that!

nb_mitch wrote:
I do plan to add a wentch to allow me to get it on the platform by myself.

Your mainsheet system has a lot of mechanical advantage... attached to a bridle on the boat and the lift, you could nose the boat in, use your shoulders/back under the tramp to lift/tilt and sheet in to pull the boat up.

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 Post subject: Re: Keep boat in water?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:36 pm 
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This stand I built from 5/4 porch boards is inexpensive and I can load and unload easily alone with just a push.

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I would like to add rollers that would be nice, but far from necessary. I can also carry it the 50 yards to the lake by myself.
If you zoom in you can see rope on the center of the front and rear cross boards, I screw a 2' earth anchor in then tie to it and add a few more twists, gently ratchet strap the hulls to the side boards and I'm never concerned, I've seen pontoons come off lifts and my Cat stayed right there.


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 Post subject: Re: Keep boat in water?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:16 pm 
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Just for giggles, here's what a Hobie looks like when left in calm, brackish water for a while. Image

And how it could look, on a simple docking platform.
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 Post subject: Re: Keep boat in water?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:19 am 
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Nice ideas when it comes to platforms for storage out of the water. Our place at the lake has very deep water which presents a huge problem. I have had my boat there for a weekend in which I just moored the boat only overnight. I've got to come up with some way to get it out of the water. With seawalls and a steep boat ramp from our boathouse, our place isn't very beachcat friendly. :(

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