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Old 01-12-2017, 05:11 PM
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So I started a project over the Christmas break. Was going to be a 20x40 table but its morphed into a 9 footer with a sink 😂 Still need to plumb it. If anyone has any suggestions on other additions please let me know. Instead of starboard I ordered some cut to size 1/2 inch HDPE for a surface over the marine treated plywood. Not UV protected so no idea how long it will last. Built a small cabinet for knives, soap, Clorox, baggies, etc and some extra hooks/weights for dock fishing.
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Old 01-12-2017, 05:16 PM
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Looks good to me, nice work
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Old 01-12-2017, 05:23 PM
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Can your sink spigot reach the table area where you will be cleaning fish or do you have a hose nearby to rinse it?

May want to create a ledge with drains on the front to keep the stuff from rinsing onto your dock.

If you have a hose out there none of the above matters.

Looks good!
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That will work.
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Originally Posted by rudeskawn View Post
Can your sink spigot reach the table area where you will be cleaning fish or do you have a hose nearby to rinse it?

May want to create a ledge with drains on the front to keep the stuff from rinsing onto your dock.

If you have a hose out there none of the above matters.

Looks good!
Thanks guys. I'm plumbin in a spigot halfway down the table with a 5 foot hose for fish cleaning. Found an idea I think on here of a guy that used a pull chain valve and made a foot pedal to operate his sink so that's in store too. The drainage idea is good- been thinking I should have put a 3-5 degree tilt in the table to flow water back away from us while we clean. I guess I could shim either the plywood or the hdpe. I'm gonna drop a drain hose from sink into the water. The dock is long- 500 feet so I have to run coiled 3/4 pex down it hopefully this weekend if I can tempt some help over with free beers ��
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Wow and I always felt proud of my humble little fish cleaning table. Nice work!
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Pex is a piece of cake. Where do you live?
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Pex is a piece of cake. Where do you live?
The pex work is easy but 500 feet of coiled 3/4 trying to run straight down a dock has me concerned. I did 100 feet out my seawall when I ran power by myself and it was a struggle. I may make a homemade uncoiler for this one.....

I'm in the panhandle on the sound
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Originally Posted by Reelslimshady View Post
The pex work is easy but 500 feet of coiled 3/4 trying to run straight down a dock has me concerned. I did 100 feet out my seawall when I ran power by myself and it was a struggle. I may make a homemade uncoiler for this one.....

I'm in the panhandle on the sound
Who cares if it isn't perfectly straight? You're running it underneath right? Out of sight, out of mind...

You have a light over that table? If not then I'd add an LED spot light in a warm yellow so it doesn't attract as many bugs.

Rag holder / hook. Maybe some clips if you use gloves to hang them from to dry out.

I like these backboards so it can drain but still stops a fillet from sliding over, say if you spray it accidentally or it slips. I'd probably do this along the whole back side instead of the wood so it doesn't trap stuff between the wood and HPDE and create an environment for mold & rot.

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op, that material is prone to warping in the sun

use it for now and when the time comes get some 1/2" uhmw in black color this will last exposed

if you have a roof over it the white will last even in the 1/4" white uhmw

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If I were going to do all that work, I would have spend the money for a sheet of 1/2" Starboard.
As for the suggestion of using a black material - unless you want to cook the fish while cleaning, that would not be a good choice.
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Originally Posted by Reelslimshady View Post
The pex work is easy but 500 feet of coiled 3/4 trying to run straight down a dock has me concerned. I did 100 feet out my seawall when I ran power by myself and it was a struggle. I may make a homemade uncoiler for this one.....

I'm in the panhandle on the sound

Too far for me. Would of gladly helped you for a beer or 12.
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Use black poly pipe. Put the coil in the sun and it is easy to work with. Suspect it is cheaper as well.
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Originally Posted by r_ventura_23 View Post
Too far for me. Would of gladly helped you for a beer or 12.

Haha Thanks. I'll find some takers for this weekend I'm sure.

Good tips on the hooks for rags and backing the backboard. I'll do that for sure. I could have spent more for starboard, but this was 1/4 of the price. If it works for a year or two I can get many years for same price as starboard without the worry of someone stealing it from the dock.

I may or may not cover it, that's an addition for when I have more leftover treated panels or maybe when I cover the boatlift.
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Use black poly pipe. Put the coil in the sun and it is easy to work with. Suspect it is cheaper as well.

Had a black poly pipe line ran for past couple of years as a waterline to flush engines but it's toast now. Trying the PEX to see if I have better luck with it holding up
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They make PEX with an aluminum liner that takes/ form. (Minimizes sag on runs). I do know it is a bit more expensive. If it was me doing this I would run the water line in electrical conduit to keep it protected and out of the son. Yeah I know more money, but you only have to do it once. I would also run it into. A manifold with a couple extra valves for future ideas/ additions.
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I second the starboard suggestion. I used a 1/2'' piece on mine and it has held up perfect for four years. Also make your backsplash out of starboard and go all the way across the back, you will be swimming for fillets and fish if you leave that big space in the back (been there). Cut some drain holes in the backsplash and you're good to go.
I added a couple of starboard tool holders for knives and hose, also works well holding the electric fillet knife we use so often. Oh and don't forget the beverage holder!

Hear's an example
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A friend of mine here in SWFL ran his with the green water pipe. It's been 2 years and looks like new if just slightly faded. I don't know much about it other than it seeming thicker than the black pipe. Might be something to look at. Looks like it fits perfect for his spigots, etc.
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Put water on it to see where the water sits, then drill a couple of small holes so it drains.

Easy to wipe down after you are done cleaning it, but after a rain, you still want the water to drain off. If its pitched to the opening... never mind!
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Build a cover, put up some fishing line in a cris cross so birds will stay away. LED light is a good idea too.
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