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Now that you have the basic shape we need to add supports.Measure out the middle of the square and place a 2x4" support there. After screwing in the 4x4" post pieces in the corner to solidify the structure you can make things a little more stable with L Braces places at each of the support intersections. I'm wondering if there would be a way to rig up something so that the floating dock is primarily kept at the end of another pier in a semi permanent position - maybe even connected to some non moveable posts but then when we wanted to move it out to deeper water on weekends we could easily move it. I put a few poles on the far end through some mounts that I sunk down when it was to stay in place.
The ramp was wobbly for sure, I would think just turning the barrels 90 degrees from how I set them would help a ton. Have you tried putting a small railing & trolling motor on one for a motorized family fishing boat? Thank You and your instructions, I was finally able to put in a dock, My 14 year old son and I were able to comprehend your instructions and my 11 year old daughter loves it. Like PKM said there are so many different variables in price here but I spent just over $200.
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Features a high solids epoxy oven-baked white or beige enamel finish textured for skid resistance and your safety. This will make sure that everything stays where it is and really tightens up the frame.Now, place eye hooks in the bottom layer of supports where your barrels lay.
I found it super sturdy, a 2x10 frame would give it a few more inches above the water which could be nice but the build as-is I found extremely stable.

We are now going to attempt your ramp, Turned out perfect with no issues had it built in 2 days ,first day got stormed out. A good current and a bump with a log or boulder will send you and your barrels in separate directions.
Porta-Dock's unique modular design and construction allow endless dock system configuration options — without sacrificing stability. I went though a few different poles though trying to find a good strong one that wouldn't bend with a good wind.
We put hooks in the raft to attach to the end of the dock so we could easily disconnect it to bring it out deeper for jumping off when we were at camp. I was thinking of cutting the platform in half and adding heavy duty hinges at all the circles indicated and then splice plates on the 2x8's with lag bolts. Tied them in with three continuous lengths of braided poly-rope, running through eye screws and over the middle of the barrels.
Use Porta=Dock's interactive dock configurator to build the dock of your dreams, complete with parts list.
Regardless everything sits nice and high with no water in the barrels, not sure how high a 18 foot jet boat sits but I'm sure you could climb in. We plan on disconnecting the barrels before taking to the river so it would be lighter and easier to transport but not sure if it would be strong enough.
See below for a detailed description of construction under each picture.Find your deck flotation.
I started on one eye hook with a knot and ran rope across the barrel, then diagonally, then across again and tied it off on the last eye hook. I figure with all the kids I have with me I needed to make it wide enough for all the kids to get in and out safely. For slightly more you can purchase an inflatable raft that's easy to transport and gives more to prevent punctures. We also added solar water proof lights to it so it was more visible in the water at night !

You will need to run a few beads of silicon caulk to the barrel plugs to make sure to keep the water from filling them.Build your deck frame.
I joined my dock and walkway with 4 eyebolts, 2 on dock centered and 2 on walkway that went just on the outside of the ones from the dock.
If you put a nut on the eyebolt and mount it through the dock and walkway you can slide the pipe through and tighten the caps down easily.
The wooden frame will help to hold the complete deck together as the barrels will fit snug under the deck.Secure your flotation to the deck. The purpose of the rope is to keep the barrels snug under the dock in rough water.Prepare to install the top deck. Flip the deck over so the barrels are touching the ground and install the top deck.Install the top surface deck. You can either make a few DIY concrete anchors or use the eyebolts to attach the deck to land so it does not float away. This deck weighs nearly 250 lbs and it would be wise to make an anchor for each side out of concrete of at least 50lbs each. An organized and "square" raised garden bed can not only give you fresh vegetables, but can beautify your backyard as well.
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