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Old 03-27-2007, 02:30 PM
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Does anyone in south Florida use these things. They look pretty good and I was going to buy a set today . Was just wondering if there is any draw backs or problems ?
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I have a 57' pilot house on a set. Three years and one big hurricane, no problems as of yet.
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Walk by the city docks in Delray.
There are a couple of boats that use them and the owners are very friendly.
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Old 03-27-2007, 03:43 PM
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Thanks endoman, I live in Boynton so that's real close . Are you talking about those big charter boats that cruise the intracoastal at veterans park ?
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Why buy what you can make yourself? - 2 Stainless steel eye bolts 1/2" x 8' -----1/4" Stainless steel cable (about 5' long)-----2 SS thimbles ---- 1 SS turnbuckle ---- set the cable at low tide and enjoy at high tide.
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Old 03-27-2007, 05:17 PM
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Just bought a set , so I'll post after I install them and let you know how they work. They take about a week to arrive.
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I installed a set w/new pilings for my 39' last September. Could not be happier; bought them extra long to account for storm surge (and extra long pilings, as well). The main effect is that the boat can be tied tightly between the pilings or in the slip, she will only rise up or down. No more blowing around on slack lines yanking at your hardware and slamming against the pilings when the wind really blows. I highly recommend them.
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Why buy what you can make yourself? - 2 Stainless steel eye bolts 1/2" x 8' -----1/4" Stainless steel cable (about 5' long)-----2 SS thimbles ---- 1 SS turnbuckle ---- set the cable at low tide and enjoy at high tide.
Hmm..
Gotta admit your idea caught my attention, but I don't believe there's a cable made that will take the stress of a thimble or other hardware sliding on it in a storm without the risk of fraying (failure). A solid S.S. shaft is more suitable for the task IMO.
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Old 03-27-2007, 08:26 PM
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The cable is covered with a piece of pvc pipe (can be replaced every so often) The cable is more forgiving than the SS solid shaft as far as stress on the boat. Of course ...the storm, I would not have the boat in the water if I knew there is a storm heading my way...As for failure...how about those weldings? At least I can have two or tree cables runing inside that pvc pipe, the SS bar only rely on a welding spot and a few screws.Hey is just a cheap idea ok?
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Cable would never work... 1" solid steel rod is the right stuff

This is what we commonly use in NJ...... For many many years...


http://www.stevensdockrodsandbolts.com/

I am surprised you need them in SE Florida at all, the tide just doesn't move that much..

tobnpr... I know you think you got the cats meow, but if you have a serious blow coming, put a line around the piling. I can't tell you how many times I've seen the bolts snap off slide bars
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Hi Afishinado !Those bars look great. Are they Galvanized? If so, how long they last in salt water?What is the price per unit ( 4' or 5' bars)? Thanks for the picts
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Dock neighbor built a square PVC "hoop" that fits around our common piling. 2" pvc and 4 elbows. he ran a cable inside and linked it before he glued the last elbow in case it broke. Going on 4 years now and the bow of his 25' Aquasport and my 24" Hydra are sitll tied on to it without a crack in it, and we have had some tough weather the past couple of summers. Actually, I'm surprised as hell it hasn't broke. Several in my marina are set up this way.
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elcosito - 3/27/2007 8:47 PMHi Afishinado !Those bars look great. Are they Galvanized? If so, how long they last in salt water?What is the price per unit ( 4' or 5' bars)? Thanks for the picts
Prices are on their website.. $40-$50 Yes they are galvanized... The rings wear out long before the bars. Can't really say how long... 10-15 years at least.... I have some that are 12 and still not real rusty.
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Old 03-27-2007, 09:21 PM
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Afishinado, those look like they would do the same thing as the ones I bought I paid 500.00 for two five footers and two of those would be ninety dollars. The only thing I wonder is how long those would hold up . Too bad they didn't make them out of stainless , but I guess that's where the price difference is. The only reason I'm buying this set up is I'm tired of my boat flying around in my slip when all the big boats go by and cause the boat to swing back and forth , and at the right tide it will actually hit my motors against the sea wall. So these are suppose to only let the boat go up and down , not side to side and get inertia going where it just continues to rock -n- roll. I guess I'll be able to test it out and post my results next week.
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