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Old 04-09-2012, 11:43 AM
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Does anybody here use one of those float on docking deals in their boat slip? The large black ones. I have seen places that use them but never talked to the boat owners about them. How dependable/durable are they and what do they cost for say a 30 footer? Rather than having to bottom paint my CC I thought this may be a good option. In an extreme low tide it could also keep my boat off the mud on rare occasions.
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Old 04-09-2012, 12:00 PM
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Marinas renting slips around here have outlawed them.
The ones that require you to "power load" (akin to powerloading onto a trailer.

Do they make one where you sink the dock to a level where you drive off or drive onto it without causing
underwater erosion?
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Old 04-09-2012, 12:31 PM
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The policeman in AB told me recently that he hated the one they had. He said it's almost impossible to load and unload it alone, but the standard lift is a piece of cake.
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Old 04-09-2012, 01:55 PM
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There was a member here that should picks of his large boat stuck on one, he tried to pull it off with a winch or something, the wire broke and whipped him in/under the eye. Nice gash!

The boat was not loaded correctly (per the manufacturer) and barnies grew on the bottom of the boat, the boat owner had another point of view. Not sure what happened in the case or the member. Perhaps he's still here or someone else will remember the case and report on it.

If your boat sits in mud from time to time your float dock will also then and you won't be able to on/off load when the tide is that low.

I have an airdock system that works but it is a chore at times, it does sink and can work well but it can be a pain to load evenly unless you have a slip with docking on both sides of the boat. My boat is only 18' and it's easy enough to center it if the first try isn't great. A 30' boat will be tough, not to mention if you get a slow leak, trying to find it, hell you never will. I've got one that leaks out over 1 week about half the air in 1 tube and I can't find it to save my life. The bags weigh a ton and if water gets in them forget about pulling them out.
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Old 04-09-2012, 02:08 PM
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There are many different brands and types. They are not all created equal as some "sink" to ease the hull into the water while others do not.

I have the 40' Performance Jet dock pictured below and love it. I previously had a 4 pile cable lift and this thing is so much easier to operate. It also allows me to walk around the hull and work on the boat.

This model is not inexpensive, but fortunately I was able to find one used at a great price. There are pros and cons to all of them so do your research for one which best meets your needs now and in the future.
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:39 AM
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Shin Dig, that's a nice float on. Did you get that locally? The slip I have is up in Murrell's Inlet.
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Originally Posted by Blythe1022 View Post
Shin Dig, that's a nice float on. Did you get that locally? The slip I have is up in Murrell's Inlet.
Yes, I bought it from a local guy who had sold his 2 year old 38' Fountain and was getting out of big boats. He even owner financed.

For this model jet dock, I believe it needs at least 5' of water as the air chambers are below the cube floats.
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:01 AM
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Thanks Shin Dig. I would love to find a deal like that. 2 year old 38 Fountain in Charleston? Would that have been the one at Ripley Light Marina? My boat is in dry stack there now.
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