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This maybe a rookie question but I just bought my first dock box and I have been told that once I start putting things in it I will not need to secure it to the dock. This seems a bit odd, my gut tells me that I need to drive a couple of screws with washers through the bottom of the box and into the planks of the dock. So I am wondering, what others have done to secure their box to the dock?
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Re: dock box

L-angles bolted to the box then lag bolted into the dock.
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Re: dock box

Yes, you need to secure it if you want it to stick around. A good wind, someone weaving down the dock bumps into it, and not only have you lost your expensive box, but also the contents. Ours had holes predrilled in the bottom to screw it to the dock, and the screws had rubber washers to keep the water out. The other suggestion of l-brackets would also work. Either way, screw it down before you leave it sitting on the dock. Our dockmaster lost two into the drink because they were sitting on the dock while he was installing them. He went to his workshop to get some extra screws, and by the time he returned, two of them had blown into the drink.
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Re: dock box

Sailing,

It also depends on where you are. Here in Louisiana an unsecured dock box is guaranteed to go floating the next time a hurricane comes through and the water rises.
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Re: dock box

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This maybe a rookie question but I just bought my first dock box and I have been told that once I start putting things in it I will not need to secure it to the dock.
There's only one thing you should be putting in your dockbox (es)! And dockboxes usually don't actually go out on to the dock....


OH.

I thought you were talking about the kind of "DockBox" that is high maintenance.

You know, the nails, the hair, won't go out on a race boat but shows up at the party afterwards...

NEVER MIND.
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This maybe a rookie question but I just bought my first dock box and I have been told that once I start putting things in it I will not need to secure it to the dock. This seems a bit odd, my gut tells me that I need to drive a couple of screws with washers through the bottom of the box and into the planks of the dock. So I am wondering, what others have done to secure their box to the dock?
Through bolt. It's worth the time hanging over the edge of the dock. Should be at least four, 1/4" or bigger with fender washers above and below.

You'll probably end up wanting to drill some drainage holes in the bottom of the box. The lid seals aren't what you would like them to be, and if you keep gasoline in the box the additional ventilation will be valued.

Be sure there is 1. room for full-size dock carts to get down the dock and 2. you can route your dock lines properly before you drill a bunch of holes and bolt things down. The former (inadequate room for carts) will really make you an unwelcome neighbor on the docks and a poor reputation with marina management.
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Re: dock box

I used screws and washers, and I drilled drainage holes. She's staying put.
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Re: dock box

Like S/V Auspicious said lag boplts and large washers on both sides. Sometimes high tides during storms or surges can cover the docks and you dot want it floating away.

Ditto on the drainage holdes. We kkep some paints, chemicals in ours and not only need a place fopr the fumes, but want a place to easily clean it and drain. Alsoif it doies flood it wont pop off the dock but fill with a little water.

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Re: dock box

In my marina you have to have them (marina personnel) secure it, they will place it anywhere you like, but they do not want anybody drilling a bunch of holes to their docks.
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