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Old 05-26-2019, 09:21 AM
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Is it best to leave the barnacles or leave them alone?
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I'm of the scrape every year category! Then patch any bad areas, reseal and drop back in the water.
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zinc oxide on the bottom...
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Never messed with the growth on my floating dock, or my Floatlift. As long as they stayed floating nicely, I was happy. Barnacles can only grow so thick. My experience was over only 11 years, and there was heavy biology in my Charleston tidal creek. Boat hull was a different story.
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If you do decedie to scrap them, wear very heavy,thick gloves and have a bucket of bleach near by. You DO NOT want to cut yourself while scraping them. If you can get the float out use a scraper on a long handle. Good luck.
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In S Fla that is referred to as sheep head candy.. keep em, I dont see how it could ever compromise structural integrity.
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I scraped mine. Looks better if nothing else!
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As a marine construction company owner- scrape them every summer- we use a flat blade shovel and scrape while in the water floating in a life jacket.
For floating docks in small calm waters- it probably doesn't matter too much, but if your floater is subjected to lots of wave action, or hits bottom with wave action, it absolutely helps extend the life span of the floats attached beneath your floating dock. Removal of marine growth never hurts.
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Originally Posted by Great Outdoors View Post
As a marine construction company owner- scrape them every summer- we use a flat blade shovel and scrape while in the water floating in a life jacket.
For floating docks in small calm waters- it probably doesn't matter too much, but if your floater is subjected to lots of wave action, or hits bottom with wave action, it absolutely helps extend the life span of the floats attached beneath your floating dock. Removal of marine growth never hurts.
Thank you for your input. I am on the ICW and the traffic this weekend has been brutal. While looking at my floating dock the barnacles seemed to be adding a lot of extra weight. Will grab shovel and go at it.
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Not sure if you are referring to a jet dock or a walkable dock. what I do with my Jet dock is use my Davit to lift it and use an flooring scraper.
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We wear neoprene ski vests- you can tighten them up so they won't ride up around your head.

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