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  1. With the heavy rains last week, my design was put to the test and passed. Over 11 inches in 8 days.
  2. Thank you all very much for the nice compliments. There is a whole new generation of kids at the "farm" who haven't jumped off the swim dock yet since the ramp was in such a state of disrepair. Looking forward to this summer as we've also been installing an RV pad for the 2 of us that have campers:
  3. Had to float it out deep enough to get the 8 foot poles inserted from below (BTW I'm not in any of these pics, but my son is the one swinging the sledge) All done...
  4. Got it loaded up on the Bennington trailer Wednesday, which was a process in itself... Ramp-way was next All loaded ready for the trip:
  5. Cancelled the launching this weekend due to weather and other related activities... Anyway, here are the last pics before it gets wet. In its previous life, it never was properly anchored, so part of the anchor system are 2 poles screwed into the lake bottom that'll slide thru these flanges I made out of Delrin (plastic). I tried to find something off the shelf, but I came up with my own instead: Installed with the screw / pole anchor: Helps to have a cheap lathe for stuff like that: And the old ladder got some new attaching hardware:
  6. I sourced the aluminum 1"x4"x12' tubing locally at Shapiro metal supply in St Louis. Amazing place to look around if you're into that sort of thing.. Composite decking was from Menards. The rest was from Home Depot (dock hinges) and Lowes and honestly, if I was looking for a 4' wide dock section, I'd just buy something premade. I wanted a narrower 34" width. I don't think I saved any money, and It took way longer to do than I thought. I've probably got 15 to 20 hours in the plank-way thing. Its also heavier than I wanted even with the "lightweight" decking. I need to do a final tally buy I've got over $1300 in materials split evenly between both parts! Other than a few very small details its all done. I'll get some final pics at the launching
  7. Ran out of glue yesterday... Only half of it was able to be glued down. : Glued down the other half today: Also started the decking on the access plank.. and ran out of decking clips.! Another trip to Menards tomorrow...
  8. Very close to final carpet and the ramp is all done but the decking: My tig welding skills are a but weak, but it'll get the job done. All hidden anyway. Warm enough today to let the sun settle down the carpet before it gets glued. The top has made a good work bench:
  9. Another small update. I'm waiting for some dock hardware to arrive. Who'd of thought Home Depot sold this stuff... Anyway I started mocking up how the 12' ramp will attach. Previously the wood ramp was attached (with more wood) to just the plywood decking and aluminum rail. I'm surprised it lasted as long as it did. This time it will also be supported by the steel cross beams, which means I need a bracket to bridge the gap. First mock up for measuring purposes
  10. Love the Ryobi 18v I've got the drill, 2 different lights (one flashlight, one larger area light I use camping, and the chain saw. The saw works amazingly well with the large battery
  11. I love our U dock. Boat lift is not allowed on our little lake, but it'd be a nice option.
  12. Also bought some 1X4 aluminum rectangular tubing to fab up my walk ramp.
  13. More photos as promised.. Laid out my $200+ plywood and cut the one in half just as it was done originally Test fit: My hardware came in yesterday so finalized the decking today: Laid out the new carpet so that it can relax for a day or so. Probably glue it down this week: Glue... Hope it works... Question. My photobucket account is acting strange. Can you all see the earlier pictures still?
  14. That has to be 15 or 16 feet to the top of the bimini!
  15. Another small update: Brought home the carpet and "marine grade" plywood and made the one cut (in half) to make the 10 X 8 foot platform. Laid it out and should work fine... BTW.. photobucket sux ... site is down so I'll edit this later for pictures