Boat Docks

There’s usually good and bad to every situation.  Owning your own boat dock is like that.  Some of the good things about having a house with a boat dock is that it’s easier to maintain your boat because it’s convenient to get your tools and you don’t have far to go.  It’s also nice to be able to keep watch over your boat.  We sometimes use our boat as a place for guests to sleep when we have lots of company.   The bad thing about your own dock is that docks need maintenance too.

Gary has done several projects on the dock.  There was a water faucet at the top of the ramp when we bought our house, but Gary added the conduit to put a faucet at the bottom.  He also did the same for the power supply.  It makes it easier for cleaning and for running power to the boat.

Water supply moved to bottom of ramp.

Water supply moved to bottom of ramp.

Electrical and water at top of ramp.

Electrical and water at top of ramp.

Electrical box moved onto ramp.

Electrical box moved onto ramp.

Be careful about storing things under your ramp.   As you can see in the picture above we’ve been storing a standup board under the ramp (not a good idea).   During an extremely high tide the board was broken by the weight of the ramp as the ramp began to be held up by the board.    Our neighbor once had 2 x 4 board that was under his ramp (at low tide) leaning against the dock piling.  When it got to high tide the board was holding the ramp up, and it pushed the ramp up and out of the connecting pivot point at the top.  Then entire ramp crashed down onto the dock.    Another friend had put a small stool under the ramp and had the same thing happen.

Pivot that holds ramp at the top.

Pivot that holds ramp at the top.

When we bought the house, the metal holding the rollers around the piling was almost rusted through.  It looked like in a bad storm we could find our dock and boat going places they shouldn’t, so we replaced it.  The bolts holding it altogether tend to be too rusty to unbolt, so we had to hack through them.

New roller bar around dock piling.  The old one was rusted though.

New roller bar around dock piling. The old one was rusted though.

 

Recently we noticed that there were cracks in the cement on the dock.  A friend that works for the local marina was nice enough to recommend products to repair the cracks and paint the concrete.  First the cracks were filled in with a sticky glue like product and allowed to dry.

Cracks in the cement filled.

Cracks in the cement filled.

Power-washing

Power-washing

Then Gary power-washed the dock.  The next day it was ready for the paint.  This was a special paint with grit to reduce slipping.

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Finished painting

Finished painting

Filling the cracks and painting should help to make the dock last longer.  The paint is marine grade, so it’s been designed for the salt, which tends to be tough on everything.  As you can see from the beginning pictures to the last one, the dock looks a lot better.  Life is good on the Joy Sea.