DIY Dock Protector
Boating is a huge part of cottage life but there’s one thing about boats thats got me stumped What’s the point of having a rub rail if the darn thing never touches the dock It’s about as useless as having a parachute at a spelling bee Sure boat bumpers do their work, but they wear the side of the boat big time Well today we’re going to bridge that gap between boat and dock To illustrate we have a boat.we have a dock and our boats even equipped with a rub rail.
So what’s the issue? Well, the problem is that the boat rides above the dock most often in order to bridge that gap most of us add bumpers bumpers wear on the haul.so what if we could turn the dock vertical therefore allowing the rub rail to do its job well we could do that simply by adding a couple pieces Every boat and dock is unique For my boat, my dock, I determined thirty two inches was the right height.
So all we need to do now is mount them the dock I’m going to do that with lag bolts and recess the holes because I’m also going to add this dock edge and the head of the bolt would obviously interfere with the face of the dock edge Alright I got my lags I’m just gonna start them.I’m putting two in the bottom because that’s where most of the torque is and then once the vertical pieces are mounted.
This will go overtop and its screwed in okay let’s go down to the dock Most boats taper towards the bowel about midship So let’s put one of our vertical pieces there And.maybe back here Alright so I’m bringing down this so the bottom of my vertical piece is flush to the bottom of my dock So I’m going to hammer this one in to get it started.
I’ll use the ratchet for the bottom ones So next we’re going to add this vinyl dock edge to our vertical, to give us even greater protection bigger boats are of course going to require more vertical supports and perhaps be struck back to the dock for increased strength But hey, we finally got the rub rail doing what it was designed to do and for us older folks.no I’m not included in that bracket sorry There’s a handy grab rail so we can get in and out of the boat.
Now I’m gonna hang onto the boat bumpers because a lot of dock owners aren’t as cool as we are! But as far as I’m concerned we solved our problem.For Cottage Life, this is Wayne Lennox reminding you that a little project goes a long way at the cottage! We prompted to use these nice decorative tee hinges and most importantly they’re super easy to put on could be a little overkill, but I’m gonna use number nine three inch deck screws.
How to build an EPIC Floating Dock
Big brother thinks he’s going to have some fun? I’m going to have some fun to What are you doing.you idiot I’m Andrew I’m Kevin Welcome to Brojects! This weekend we’ve decided to build the ultimate swim raft Yeah I am pumped about this project it’s going to be awesome! Any other time I’ve been on a swim raft.
Yeah it’s alright you get out there you hang around for a few minutes and then you leave basically We’re trying to make this so that you’re able to go out there and stay and really have know wants out there if you’re hungry got something if you want a beverage it’s there So it’s a long weekend we’ve got three days to build the ultimate swim raft we get a simple eight by sixteen foot platform and we’re gonna put five barrels per side to give us our pontoon style flotation on top of the platform we’re gonna build a pergola we’re gonna use four by fours.
As the uprights with two by six cross braces we’re gonna need seating as well as storage so a couple rectangular boxes should accomplish both the plan is to stay on board for long stretches so both the barbecue and a drink cooler are mandatory we’re gonna put a couple hammocks on board as well some hooks for our fishing rods To get moving we’re thinking of installing an electric trolling motor to accompany that a solar panel table.
This is an ambitious weekend build but if we put our minds to it I think we can do it It’s taking a lot longer than we expected We’re flying at it we got a lot of daylight left today Time crunches on.we’ve finally finished our little window frame exterior perimeter It will look great when you’re on it but We need to skirt it for sure.Junior? Skirt? I don’t do skirts man that’s your thing.
And Kevin is gonna cut out our notches for our four by four uprights we’re about two days behind on the decking but hopefully it will go fast from here on out Believe it or not we are both self trained carpenters You might not notice that it’s trial and error.all this stuff is trial and error These are a couple of benches we built to go on the back of the swim platform Pretty simple little cedar boxes we can take off the lid inside is where we’re going to keep the battery for the.
Electric trolling motor and the other ones gonna be dry storage Not too bad.if I do say so myself The plexiglass is going to fit right on top of the solar panel Little table for the back of the swim raft I just get the little people to do the work for me after I do the brainstorming I wouldn’t say I’m the little people This is head and shoulders above what the initial thing started out to be We threw in a lot of extras like the pergola and the barbecue.