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Old     (monkey_butt)      Join Date: Sep 2011 Location: Twin Cities       04-29-2013, 5:19 AM Reply   
need some input - was at the boat show earlier this year and after talking to various dealers - it pretty much came down to a partially or even fully floating dock - the lake bottom is only 2 - 3 ft near shore but drops to over 8ft (plus 2ft of muck) within 25ft out.

Boat lift holds solid as the outer legs are not as far out but the dock is an issue. The current dock is old (partially steel and the prior owner put a wood dock extension at the end) and has to go - really wobbly.

Has anyone a floating dock he/she would recommend? Menards has currently the playmate on sale and it's "really cheap" compared to what I got quoted so far (single aluminum section w/o decking and floats is on sale for 339, floats are 80/ea and you need 3 per section plus decking material - so if I add this all together I'm probably coming away with less than 3K.

I'm also contemplating partially floating - so the sections to the shore being on solid legs and the 2 ones making the L being floats.

Any suggestions/hints?
Old     (patrick232)      Join Date: Aug 2008       04-29-2013, 5:58 AM Reply   
Check out these.
Looks simple and are made by a company just up the road from us.
Old     (rallyart)      Join Date: Nov 2006       04-29-2013, 12:47 PM Reply   
We've had a Hewitt aluminum dock for several years and have been very pleased with it. It is a pure floating dock 32' X 8' with a 16' X 4' walkway. Our water goes up and down over 12' some years so a completely floating dock is the easiest solution.
They are very well built with good quality floats. Ours does not creak or make noise and is comfortable to walk on yet is not slippery. Also, they are based near you.
Old     (monkey_butt)      Join Date: Sep 2011 Location: Twin Cities       05-01-2013, 4:01 AM Reply   
I know - looked at them already - looking better than the ones from menards


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