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Old 05-13-2008, 07:53 AM   #31
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Ashley, how did you connect the drums to the dock. Is that just a steel
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Ashley, how did you connect the drums to the dock. Is that just a steel
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That is metal banding. We placed a 2x6 behind each barrel to screw the banding into.
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Old 06-09-2008, 01:49 PM   #33
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i built 2 docks one that is 6f x 16f and the other is 12f x 16f. under the 6f i used 6 barrels 55g and the 12f i used 9 barrel. you have to put water in the barrels........this really helps the ballast. the 6f can get a little tippy in really bad weather..but in general i do find it safe. i am hearing everyone say a minimum of 8 f, has anyone else had good results with a 6f width. another thing when you build make sure you use corner brackets......very, very important.
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i built 2 docks one that is 6f x 16f and the other is 12f x 16f. under the 6f i used 6 barrels 55g and the 12f i used 9 barrel. you have to put water in the barrels........this really helps the ballast. the 6f can get a little tippy in really bad weather..but in general i do find it safe. i am hearing everyone say a minimum of 8 f, has anyone else had good results with a 6f width. another thing when you build make sure you use corner brackets......very, very important.
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On our 8ft x 16ft dock we have now added more barrels for a total of 10. We didn't put any water in the barrels and it floats really well and is really stable. It is a little easier to pull behind a boat now that it is out of the water more, but it is still a slow process. Do you use yours just as a stationary floating dock?
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yes mine is a foater, i have brackets on the outer corners that 1 1/2 pipe goes thru to secure; the pipe just drops to the bottom; in the fall i just lift the pipes out and pull the dock in to shore. do you pull yours right out of the water in the fall.........do you have to worry about ice??...
does anyone else have a 6 x 16 floater on barrels, i am just curious what amount of water used to make it as stable as possible, if any at all
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yes mine is a foater, i have brackets on the outer corners that 1 1/2 pipe goes thru to secure; the pipe just drops to the bottom; in the fall i just lift the pipes out and pull the dock in to shore. do you pull yours right out of the water in the fall.........do you have to worry about ice??...
does anyone else have a 6 x 16 floater on barrels, i am just curious what amount of water used to make it as stable as possible, if any at all
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We do not secure ours. We pull it up the river (with a boat) and float it back in the evening. We take it out of the water by putting it on a trailer after each use. We do not live on the river so we have to haul it back and forth each time. We definitely don't have to worry about any ice in Houston, TX.
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I have an existing 8x8 deck that I would like to convert to a floating dock. Does anyone know how many barrels I will need? Also the dock will be in a salt water canal. I am not sure that metal straps will be feasible due to the corresive nature of the coast. Does anyone have any experience with metal straps at the coast? Is there some other fairly inexpensive way to attach the barrels?
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Ayuh,...As many as will fit under it... You Can't have to many...

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Sure,... Use Rope... Poly-pro maybe...Or whatever you've had good luck with...
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Hey way cool thread I happened on.

Back in 70 or so I had the brain storm of making a 'cheap' boat,,,cause I was broke teenager(money was spent on beer and girls instead). Made a floor of old pine flooring on 1 bye 6's about 6 by10 foot i am guessing. I cut the circle into the bottom of the 1 bye 6 floor joists if you will. Then I took seat belts out of junk cars for nuttin,,,and bolted each side to the top part. used 4 -55 gallon barrels that fit inside my 4 X 6 trailer when off and the floor got tied down on top of them to go down the road. light enough 3 of us could lift and load and unload after the barrels got unlocked from seat belts,,,bolted a 2X4 on the back to mount gas motor. NOW,,,we got half way across this HUGE lake and our motor quit never to run again,,,got a tow back,,but for three teenage kids we had a ball,,,,supported us big stiffs very well and was real stable.(plus we had about 500 pounds of gear along) Dont know WHAT we would have done IF a big storm came up while in middle of 2 mile across lake,,,probably drowned,,,it gets VERY rough there and our 3 hp motor wasnt going to go TOO fast even on a good day!!

Then later in the 70's moved to a gravel pit lake home and wanted something to tie up my boat( a real fiberglass ski boat by this time) to 24/7, made it about 16 foot long3 1/2-4' wide and put 2 plastic barrels under the end. water went up and down alot thru the seasons so always had to move the land end up and down with it. Neighbors thought i was crazy for a floating dock,,,said it will never work. Kids used it for a diving board more than anything. I used 16' posts on the end of it,,it was that deep out there sunk in sand bottom as far as I could pipe wash the posts,,,while pounding them down with a homemade 120 pound post driver made for big wood posts. Sides were 2X 12's I think(been 20 years since) with 2x 6's across the top,,,and the barrels werent tied under it either. posts slid up and down inside the box right behind the barrels. lasted 14 years just fine,,,and I moved away. the posts floated up and had to be pounded down regularly tho.

THEN the best deal was I bought the diving board from he local YMCA when they built a new one. Wanted the front legs to be rock solid and not FLOAT like my posts were doing,,,so I bought salvage railroad "RAILS" each 12 or 14 foot long,,,heavy suckers they were,,,I washed and drove them for days and days getting them as low as I could,,,but they NEVER rusted thru or got weak...and I bolted the front of the diving board with the board 6' above the water,,,the kids loved it!!
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Hi guiys,
I noticed that one other responder was an old engineer, as I am.
I scanned the articles that you all wrote with great interest!! I built a float many years ago, not very big (7ft X 14ft) but still useable after 25 years (is at the end of it's natural life very soon now though).
The best thing that I did was fill the used wine barrels half full with salted water. This has the effect of neutralizing the bouyancy so that the dock is not naturally tippy, as an empty barrel has tremendous reserve bouyancy when lightly loaded, but will take quite a bit of loading to get to minimum inches-per-pound of loading. Consider using an inverted pyramid float, the first few inch sink really fast, but fully loaded and semi-submerged, is quite stable. Same with a round drum.
Also, the added weight of the water makes the dock a 'breakwater' as any wave has to move about 300 lbs of water (in a half-filled 45-gallon barrel) to set it in motion, a lot more than the weight of an empty 10 lb pastic drum.
I didn't do the saddle thing and I just used some poly rope to hold the drums in place, and like I say 25 years later it's still useable (in a relatively warm lake, and built out of western red cedar and untreated plywood).
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Hi guys, I'm interested in doing the same thing you're all talking about, I'm going to design something up on google sketchup, I'll include a youtube video and some 3d photo's for reference, It'd be cool for some of the engineers here to have a look at it and recommend anything they think necessary.

I'm basing my design on an engineering aspect, with a steel frame, welding, and (depending on material weight) wood or steel "dock".
Essentially I'm trying to build a 1-4 person floating Dock, that will at some point (possibly) be motorised. the movement design being added when I actually build something that floats!
tell me what you think?
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well here's my first sketch
http://www.flickr.com/photos/20966472@N04/3973034131/
hope you like.
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/20966472@N04/3973034131/
hope you like.

Ayuh,... That'll Work....
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Well here's a more advanced plan, i made a few mistakes, couldn't find a good outboard so I used something slightly different, tell me what you think?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/20966472@N04/3975555972/

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Hi, if you'd like some insight on building a floating dock with plastic barrels check out this site on http://rollingbarge.com/floating-dock-construction.htm

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