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Old 11-22-2009
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Moving with a dog to fixed pier????

Ok Im about to move aboard and probably to a marina with a fixed pier. The question is how have any of you dealt with getting a 60+ lb dog on and off during tide shifts?

I am thinking of building some sort of ramp or plank with a grip that attaches to the boat or pier one. Then the idea is it rides up and down (hinged) to the other side.

I have a Irwin C.C. 32.5 and have been on a floating dock for the last year and a half. Any thoughts on the loading and unloading of a larger size dog would be nice.

And no the obvious will not happen. I mean getting rid of the dog.
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We have a 65 lb Golden Retriever and a ramp worked well. I built one using 2x6s apx 4' long. I laid the 2x6s side by side and used lag bolts and flat washers, counter sunk, into 2x4s on the underside. On one end I stood the 2x4 on end to act as a cleat. I also tacked some old rug to both ends and the cleat to prevent scratching the gel coat. Note that I tacked the rug on it's sides in the event one worked loose it couldn't scratch the boat. Finally I applied no skid I bought in rolls to the topsides of both 2x6s. It took one or two tries before she became accustomed to it. From there on she would just scoot right on or off the boat.
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How big a tidal range are we talking??? Bay of Fundy has 30' tides or so... and a ramp is probably not an option... Since you're in Texas, I'm guessing the tidal range is relatively small, and a ramp or gangplank would probably be the best solution—allowing the dog to walk himself off and on the boat.

Making a fender board out of a 2x8 or 2x10 and using that as a ramp would allow it to serve two purposes.
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FWIW the tidal range we dealt with was 2-3' with an occasional extreme. When that would happen we'd need to give her a boost up the ramp.
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Yes the 2'-3' range is about right and the ramp with some sort of foot hold is what I had in mind. Was tapping the wealth-o-info on the forums. I will want to make it pretty self adjusting. So if I read right MJBrown you just used the 2x4 on the end to hook to the dock and did not have it physically attached to one dock or the boat? I am thinking a hinge with some sort of detachable bolt or lock so I can remove while gone but dont have to do a thing to it while the boat is at the dock. Any other thoughts is always welcome.
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Irwin,

We are on a fixed pier in Seabrook Marina and have a Golden and Labrador Retriever. The only time they have trouble is getting off when the tide is really high or really low, but they can be helped off and have no qualms about jumping back aboard.
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GCC I wanted to get into Seabrook Shipyard but they said they were not taking liveaboards right know and I'm a few weeks from taking a new job in the area. I'm in South Shore Harbour but they dont allow liveaboards so I've just about decided on Blue Dolphin cause I'm done with the hour ride to the bay from SSH.

WaterGate said they changed there policy from a 30' minimum liveaboard to 40' minimum. (I thought wow a 10' change in 30 days, but what is a man to do).
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Irwin325, I placed the 2x4 apx 6-8" from the end of the ramp. This allowed me to hook the edge on the dock and still leave a few inches of ramp to close the gap. I avoided using hinges or anything else metal that could possibly mark the gel coat. I'd just place it on the corner of the finger pier when we would leave.
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