Midwest Puddle Pirate
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Gardner, KS
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Securing the floating breakwater
The floating breakwater at our club is in desperate need of replacement. It was scheduled to be replaced next year, but last November our clubhouse burned to the ground. Now the breakwater replacement has been pushed back a bit, and as the new Harbor Master this year I am tasked with nursing it along.
The current breakwater is essentially large dock sections anchored at the cove entrance. The sections are chained together and anchored with multiple anchors on each section. The problem we have is that the wave action causes the chains holding the sections together to wear out. The anchor chains also wear out, and the sections come adrift. If we could pretension the anchors to reduce movement from the waves, the chains would last much longer. Adding winches to the breakwater section would be beyond the budget that I have this year. We also wouldn't want to go out to adjust the winches all the time.
Anyone have a good idea for keeping anchors tensioned through about a 24 foot range between minimum and maximum lake levels? I need the solution to last about 3 years with little annual maintenance.
Thanks for any ideas.
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