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Old 11-12-2017, 07:17 AM
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So we are purchasing a new Robalo r247 to keep in Mount Pleasant SC. none of the local marinas have lifts and I'd like to avoid the whole bottom paint and monthly cleaning process so I have been looking at slip jet dock systems and inflatable bladder systems. Would love your take on these.....
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My choice although more expensive would be the Air Bladder System. Sort of like submarine ballast tanks. They will keep you higher and are more stable jet dock (drive on type), only bad think about the ballast system is that they are a little slower to launch, due to the fact that they don't have large vents. They are much better than the float on lifts that have the scissor type lift. To many moving parts that can corrode. The ballast system has no moving parts that are exposed to salt water here is a link http://floatyourboatcarolinas.com/
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Thanks, will check that one out...
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I had an Airdock for my Rinker 232. Once set up, it worked very well, and ken, the founder of the company was very helpful as questions came up. That was 2005....I am not sure if he still owns the business. BUT, it is a PITA to set up, and even bigger PITA to take down (you need a lot of muscle and you need to be willing to get very messy). I was also paranoid about leaks (one of the chambers came with a leak that required repair), and a teenager with a knife can create a lot of mischief (that did not happen to me but was always a concern; I used it at a public marina, though there were locked gates at the docks that seemed to keep the troublemakers out.

I am not sure how a jet dock would work with a 6000+ pound boat/load. Perhaps someone here has some experience to share.
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I have a safe haven dock an it has been great. I got the wider one and it is nice to be able to walk around the boat to clean it. It also has a air chamber in the bottom and uses a 12vt battery to run the pump.

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http://carolinawaterworks.com/
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I had an Airdock for my Rinker 232. Once set up, it worked very well, and ken, the founder of the company was very helpful as questions came up. That was 2005....I am not sure if he still owns the business. BUT, it is a PITA to set up, and even bigger PITA to take down (you need a lot of muscle and you need to be willing to get very messy). I was also paranoid about leaks (one of the chambers came with a leak that required repair), and a teenager with a knife can create a lot of mischief (that did not happen to me but was always a concern; I used it at a public marina, though there were locked gates at the docks that seemed to keep the troublemakers out.

I am not sure how a jet dock would work with a 6000+ pound boat/load. Perhaps someone here has some experience to share.
I purchased my Air Dock around the same time as you and had the same problem. It came with a leak, Air Dock had poor local support, Ken advised over the phone on patch repair. After 5-6 failed attempts at patching over several years I finally gave up and junked the unit. It's an interesting concept that worked well when it worked. There are no metal parts in the water to rust, that was great. Sometimes it was difficult to dock the boat properly and if I muscled it I would cause damage to either the PVC frame or the "D" rings tied to the air bags. I do not care for the PVC frame needed for a floating dock as it was flimsy and difficult to move or pull out when my canal needed to be dredged.
The new Fab dock looks interesting using an air blather system, it dose not lift the boat, and there is no frame needed.
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Good info, looking at the fab dock.....
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I purchased my Air Dick around the same time as you and had the same problem. It came with a leak, Air Dock had poor local support, Ken advised over the phone on patch repair.....
Air Dick? I think there are other forums for that discussion....
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Air Dick? I think there are other forums for that discussion....
How do you like the robalo? I have a 2017 R242... Great hull... A little wet at times.
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Take a look at a Harbor Hoist.
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Wave armor 3 piece extreme would work great for this boat.
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Originally Posted by capg2000 View Post
How do you like the robalo? I have a 2017 R242... Great hull... A little wet at times.
Old thread, but we liked the first Robalo R247 (a 2015) so much that we bought another in 2020. Went with twin 200's this time. Love the performance with the twins.

I don't find it to be wet, except perhaps in a strong crosswind, which is not unusual.

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