other docks built by FCP campers. See http://fishcreekpond.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=43
After finally completing our new aluminum frame Dock, I am happy to report great success!
Not only was the Dock easy to put together, but it actually floated which made it that much easier to
assemble. In fact I was able to put the Dock together in just over an hour! Considering that I will no
longer be removing the decking from the frame, I estimate I will be able to reduce the 'build time' to
about 1/2 hour next time.
Here is a step by step description of the build along with photos.
Main sunning deck assembled with the legs partically dropped. Simply drag out a bit into the water and
it will float for attachment to the Dock sections. This 4x6ft section weights about 125 lbs with the decking
and legs attached.
I now have 2 of the Dock sections in the water with legs pulled up allowing them to float. Here I am
bolting two of the Dock sections together. Each of these 2x8ft sections weighs about 80lbs with decking
and legs attached...
The two main Dock sections are now bolted together as well as bolted to the 4x6ft sun deck.
Fairly easy to line up since the whole assembly is floating. Note my choice of leg lengths for each section
was a bit off... next time I'll even out things for a more consistent look...
Ready to attach the gang plank which connects the rest of the Dock with the shore....
Getting ready to attach the gang plank...
Only 6 bolts were needed to assemble the Dock and deck section together! Now on to raising the Dock
above the waterline and levelling it...
Using a socket wrench for quick levelling and adjustment using pressure bolts...
Adirondack chair is in place, flag pole is up... time for a salute!
After putting the boat in the water, I make adjustment to fenders and install Dock bumpers to
complete the job...
She's all done! Total Dock and deck weight is approx 340 lbs including the legs. The setup is not only
extremely stable, it doesn't move an inch even with 4 or 5 people on it. Boat tugging due to
waves and wind
on the Dock either.
Dock is complete and the wife is a happy deck camper!
View of our final setup from the pond...
Finally night time arrives and we enjoy a great sunset with lit up Dock and flag pole...
Morning view from the Airstream...
Only one hitch now... storage of the Dock!!! It partially fits in the boat if disassembled completely...
but we stored each of the 3 2x8ft sections in the camper instead this time, and the 4x6ft deck in the
Next Task?? Dock Rack for the boat trailer!! This will solve the problem and will GREATLY reduce the
effort and time required to both assemble and store the Dock on each trip.
Dock rack will be ready for our next trip on July 3rd.