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Re: Cheap floating dock -- how to build?
I built a 12x12 swim dock when I was 14. Used treated 2x6 for the frame and treated 1x6 deck planks. Dad found 4 plastic barrels for me from somewhere; used galvanized strapping to attach to dock. Screwed in a big eye to the center of the bottom, attached 15' of poly line and 5' of chain wrapped around a scrap VW motor. Swam it out to the middle of the lake, dropped motor over where it sank 3' into the soft silty mud. (36 acre private property lake)
That dock stayed out there for 15 years, through all sorts of weather and got LOTS of use. We even slept overnight on it a few times. Used to take chicks out there....and it was party central for night time, um, experimental, things....shot off a ton of fireworks for the 4th.....
Oh yeah...forgot....bought a cheapo pool ladder from Gibson's...the kind made for the above ground pools....and bolted it to the dock so it was half in, half out of the water.
We got alot of use out of that dock......
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1982 Catalina 25 #2897
Eagle Mountain Lake, Texas