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Old 10-02-2013, 10:25 AM
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So I'm going to get a slab to park the boat next to the house and at first I was just going to get concrete poured and that's it.

As I think more and more about it, I started coming with some points that can be useful like bringing a power circuit with an outlet to keep the batteries charged,

The I though of putting some anchoring before pouring the concrete to tie down the boat in case of strong winds or a named storm.

Now I'm also thinking on some other type of "anchoring" to hold the trailer down in case of theft. I stil have to research this so if you have any suggestions I will happily take them...

I can't afford retractable bollards which would be the optimal solution, but I was hoping the THT corp of engineers could bring some ideas.
I'm attaching a picture of where the pad would go. The trailer with the boat is going to be always backed up to the pad. What do you guys think?
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Maybe a type of aircraft tie down, they are mounted in the concrete, just attach a chain and connect to the trailer and boat.
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:51 AM
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I would put some cast in place threaded inserts in that can be removed. That way you won't be tripping over then when the boat isn't sitting there and you won't have to worry about backing over them. Just make sure you pitch the slab away from your building. I would think it would be a lot easier just to stub some power through the wall of your existing garage vs. running through the slab.
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Get a few pieces of 1/2" rebar and have it bent into a handle bar shape and have the concrete poured around it plenty strong to use as a hold down tie
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I would remove the sidewalk and pour to the building. Also I would pour a 6" slab with fiber mesh...........cause, in time, you will be getting a bigger boat.

Nice place you got
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I went through the exact same thing with adding my slab a couple years ago in a space much like yours.

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I would remove the sidewalk and pour to the building.
This would depend which side of the house the utilities come in. Since it's the garage side his utilities probably come in on that side. You don't want to put concrete and not be able to add/service water/electrical and sewer lines. I left a 1 foot gap between the slab and I've since been able to add low voltage landscape wiring and redue my water line to the street easily. Had I poured right to the house it would have been much more difficult. You can fill that gap with crushed rock or another material that is easily removed.

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Get a few pieces of 1/2" rebar and have it bent into a handle bar shape and have the concrete poured around it plenty strong to use as a hold down tie
Skip the exposed rebar. It was rust quickly if exposed to the elements. When my slab was done (40 ft x 12 ft) I had my concrete guy anchor a tow eye in the slab to chain my trailer to. It's got 3ft peice of rebar run through it and tied in.

http://www.autozone.com/autozone/acc...ier=289652_0_0_
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You do realize that the standard THT approach to this problem is to build a luxury barn (lights, heat, entertainment center & washer/dryer) big enough to hold at least three boats that are twice the size of any boat you currently own.

Get with the program!
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not my idea but if you can tap into your sprinker system and have a fresh water wash down for your trailer.
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Why not install some pop up cleats?
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I did mine a couple years ago. My current "regrets". No tie downs. I didnt pour entire area, just where boat sits and BARELY enough room to get boat in without driving over lawn. I listened to concrete guy instead of myself and the slope of pour away from house is to big, hence boat no sit level. (easy fix I know but still its a PITA).

Oh, leave yourself room for a cleaning table! I did and thats the best part of my current dilema.
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Wet set some Pan Fittings or D-Rings


Like this:

http://www.uscargocontrol.com/Ratche...ting-5-000-Lbs



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http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/59...D_Ring_11.html
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You do realize that the standard THT approach to this problem is to build a luxury barn (lights, heat, entertainment center & washer/dryer) big enough to hold at least three boats that are twice the size of any boat you currently own.

Get with the program!
Yep. He needs to build a workshop/barn as indicated in your post. Then bulldoze the house and build a new one that is appropriate for the style and size of the workshop.
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I have 6 anchors for tying down the boat on named storms, an outlet, a hosebib, a 12 foot high by 12 feet tall by 36 feet long awning to cover the boat and I have waterproof exterior lights for night time. Oh I forgot I have a dock box on the slab for miscellaneous things.

I strongly suggest you put at a minimum some welded wire mesh in the middle of the slab and have it poured at least 4 inches thick.
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Originally Posted by SeaJay View Post
You do realize that the standard THT approach to this problem is to build a luxury barn (lights, heat, entertainment center & washer/dryer) big enough to hold at least three boats that are twice the size of any boat you currently own.

Get with the program!
This!!!
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Cut a plastic container inhalf. Drill out the bottom so an I bolt can go through. Use a large washer and nut. When pouring slab insert container and bolt into slab. The head of the I bolt is in the container which is counter sunk into the slab and the washer and bolt is pushed down into concrete.
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do it right - build your house around your boat like I did
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Originally Posted by Pcfisher66 View Post
Maybe a type of aircraft tie down, they are mounted in the concrete, just attach a chain and connect to the trailer and boat.
Oh mannnn I would love to have 3 or 4 of this!!!
http://www.tiedownsystems.com/Tarmac%20Tiedown.htm
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Originally Posted by jkapl001 View Post
I would put some cast in place threaded inserts in that can be removed. That way you won't be tripping over then when the boat isn't sitting there and you won't have to worry about backing over them. Just make sure you pitch the slab away from your building. I would think it would be a lot easier just to stub some power through the wall of your existing garage vs. running through the slab.
I would think that the idea for threaded inserts you meant it for the wind anchors and not for an theft deterrent right???
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Originally Posted by strikerthree View Post
Get a few pieces of 1/2" rebar and have it bent into a handle bar shape and have the concrete poured around it plenty strong to use as a hold down tie
Well that was my first thought too, but like some others mentioned, its going to rust in no time and I will probably be tripping all over it all the time...
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I've built three boat pads or second driveways so far. Watch out for easements between you and your neighbors. An easement could throw a wrench in your plans. Where I'm located, with the easement I have, nothing permanent could be constructed. I got around it by using pavers. Might be something to consider.
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