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How to Make a Boat Dock (Pub. No. 5728)

by Jerry Geerlings.

Building a dock for your vessel isn’t tough but there are tricks to it. Pre-fab units may be the thing for you or locally available materials may be best. Here a registered architect tells you how.

Your first step in planning a boat dock is to ask plenty of pertinent questions from plenty of experienced people in the locality where you want to build. Find out what has been the most successful construction; by this I mean life of construction in relation to cost of installation and upkeep. Ingenious pioneers and predecessors in the locality will have found out which native logs make the best piles, what preservative is advisable, and always of great importance, the best means of driving the piles in spring, and of pulling them out in autumn. Maybe there is a mutual-help community project to put up and take down the local docks. You may find that it will be less expensive in the long run to buy pre-fab metal piles, and a few accessories which tie together adjacent dock sections, than it is to build the entire dock of wood. Some of the pre-fab piers are so readily assembled that it is reported two persons working for two hours can erect a length of 30 feet, and disassemble that same length in one and one-half hours.

11 pages

Our Floating Patio (Pub. No. 5744)

by Jean Lyon

Here’s a dock with plenty of pluses— it’s easy to build and will not wash away

A floating dock is a necessity for any cottager who enjoys utilizing the river for cruising, fishing or just his own convenience. High water and debris will not unexpectedly remove or disturb this kind of dock, for it rises and falls with the water level and rides with the current. When a cottager wants his boat or boats to remain level, his live—bait box always in the water, a clean place to load or unload friends who are boating, a suitable place for families to sun bathe, or just a quiet place to sit and fish, his dock is there. On a lake or river, where there is little rise and fall over a period of time, a stationary dock can be satisfactory. However, on many other rivers the water level may vary considerably and the spring ice floes must be considered. A floating, well-anchored dock is the answer. The floating dock also solves the problem of the swiftly rising river fed by heavy rains far up the river basin. On some inland rivers dams are still raised and lowered to furnish power for miilraces for hydroelectric power or water power. What may be a placid inland river one day is sometimes a rushing torrent within a matter of hours. Heavy objects, even stationary docks, are sometimes swept downstream. A securely cabled, floating dock will rise with the river and fall as the water recedes, but will remain firmly anchored to the river bank.

8 pages

Multi-Purpose Docks are Easy to Make (Pub. No. 5872)

by M. Robert Beasley

Take a standard-sized piece of plywood, a couple of old 55-gallon steel drums and a few hours of time, and build this dock.

8 pages, 1 plate(s)

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