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Anyone know a good place to get a "real" fiberglass dock box? I am in NE Oh and can't believe what they cost, then throw in a couple hundred more for shipping. Is there any more reasonable alternatives? I tried the rubbermaid route and did not care for it.

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If your marina will allow it, you can build one from pressure treated wood. Unfortunately, our marina does not permit boxes of any kind.
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Re: Dock Boxes

I am new to sailing but I was thinking about getting a alum box for a pick up to use. I haven't priced a fiberglass dock box so do not know how they compare.
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Make sure you put drainage holes in it before affixing to the dock. During Hurriocane Isabelle and a few of the North easterns here in MD when the water came up over the docks they became missles and battered the boats in the club when they broke free.

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Re: Dock Boxes

I use a Lifetime deck box I purchased from Lowes. It has held up great through 2 Maine winters so far. It is light, inexpensive, easy to assemble and weathertight.

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I use a Lifetime deck box I purchased from Lowes. It has held up great through 2 Maine winters so far. It is light, inexpensive, easy to assemble and weathertight.

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Is it pretty sturdy? I bought one from Home Depot last year and it only had 2 small hinges on the lid and the first strong wind off the lake blew the lid off from the hinge side.
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It held up to hurricane Irene and a few other nor'easters. Not a problem.

We also use this to sit on when having drinks at the dock. We have had 3 people sitting on it at one time and I(200lbs) was one of them.

I looked at the boxes at HD and did not like them and they had terrible reviews. Check out the reviews for the Lifetime box. 107 reviews with an average of 4.7 out of 5.

Some cons listed are hardware rusts. I may have replaced mine with SS but I do not recall. I will check it out later if I remember.
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It held up to hurricane Irene and a few other nor'easters. Not a problem.

We also use this to sit on when having drinks at the dock. We have had 3 people sitting on it at one time and I(200lbs) was one of them.

I looked at the boxes at HD and did not like them and they had terrible reviews. Check out the reviews for the Lifetime box. 107 reviews with an average of 4.7 out of 5.

Some cons listed are hardware rusts. I may have replaced mine with SS but I do not recall. I will check it out later if I remember.
Many thanks. That sounds like the answer and the price is right. I will head down to Lowes and check it out.
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Re: Dock Boxes

If you're wanting to save some money, a truck box does the job. They're usually extremely sturdy and have heavy latches and cost under $200. You will have to drill some holes in the bottom to mount them.

Fiberglass Dock Boxes are definitely an investment, my company sells them for around $500-$750 up to 96" wide.
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Re: Dock Boxes

I have a box that holds my dive gear in the back of my work truck. Has locks and extremely durable.

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