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Old 02-12-2014, 06:10 PM
 
Location: South Jersey
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Hey gang, did a search but couldn't find what I was looking for. I'm planning the layout of my concrete dock and lift in PGI and trying to decide if it makes sense to have the dock end at the back of the lift with the boat being beyond the dock like I see most people doing or if I should extend the dock to be next to the lift also. I thought it would be nice to have access to the side of the boat but realistically I'm not sure how much access I would really have. I don't think the boat would be close enough to the dock for me to even reach it very well because of the pilings and the width of the lift cradle and the beams of the lift may also be an obstacle. Looking for some help from people with either of these set ups to get some pros and cons. Thanks, Mark
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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my job I see many boats on lift some are hard to get on some easy. whe I had my 30 foot dock built I had the left beyond it so I could still pull the boat back at the dock but I overlapped the lift and doack about 4 feet to have access at the rear of the boat to get on
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:55 PM
 
Location: South Jersey
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Mike, thanks for the pic. I was thinking pretty much the same thing with the 30' dock but thought that if I had the back lift piling on the corner of the dock and the boat was hanging off the back of the lift 2' or 3' I would be able to board from that corner. I see that your boat is pulled all the way in. Does it have to be for weight distribution?
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:01 PM
 
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my job I see many boats on lift some are hard to get on some easy. whe I had my 30 foot dock built I had the left beyond it so I could still pull the boat back at the dock but I overlapped the lift and doack about 4 feet to have access at the rear of the boat to get on
Mikem8560

That's a good looking dock....What kind of wood is it?

Gary
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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yes mark if it was a larger bat and did stick past 2 feet mine is right at the back of the bunks

gary just preasured wood stained
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:09 PM
 
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yes mark if it was a larger bat and did stick past 2 feet mine is right at the back of the bunks

gary just preasured wood stained
Looks like Mahogany or Brazilian Ipe......very nice
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:43 AM
 
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Lift schmift....

Just drive your car into a boat launch in Port Charlotte....cross the harbor....and drive out at Ponce de Leon....


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Old 02-14-2014, 05:46 PM
 
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Let's bring this back to the top.....Sea Ray Mark needs our help.

My boat lift and dock came with my house the lift is along side my dock and it was not done very well because the pilings for the lift are not very high so you have to climb over the I beam to get on the boat.

Some day I will have it all redone.....If I can ever stop spending money

Let's here what you have and what works and doesn't.


Gary
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Old 02-14-2014, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL - Pasadena, People's Republic of Maryland
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I'm in the process of having a dock built now. I have a lift already; just no dock to access it! (the dock had rotted out prior to us buying the place - the lift and lift's piling are in good shape). My two trains of thought were either a 30' dock with the boat lift alongside the first 10' or a 20' dock with the boat lift off of the corner. When discussing the options with the dock builder, he said he felt that the 10' of dock alongside of the lift was a waste of money and if it was only to access the boat for cleaning then invest in a walk board on the lift. Like MartyGras, the lift arms aren't high enough to access the boat from the dock, it would only be to clean that side of the boat (who cares what the other side looks like!). I ended up going for the 20' dock with the lift at the corner. Guess I'll know once it's installed whether I made the right choice or not.
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Old 02-15-2014, 07:20 AM
 
Location: South Jersey
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Thanks guys, I'm starting from scratch so I don't think I have to worry about the lift piling height being an issue. I've been to Gary's house which is why I'm questioning the dock being along side of the lift. Even without his beam in the way it doesn't look like it would be easy to get to the boat besides to wash it. I guess if I reduce the dock to 20' like MikMal I would still have enough room to comfortably tie the boat up at the dock without it being in the lift. I just want to make sure I have no regrets after it's all done. I don't plan on putting the lift in right now I just want to do the dock so I guess if I stay with 30' I'll have the option of doing a 10' overlap or no overlap. When the dock is done I can't imagine myself standing on it saying "this thing is too big" but I can image standing on a 20' dock saying "I wish I went the extra 10". Still would be interested in hearing more pro's and con's on this lift placement issue. I also have the possibility of a jet ski in my future which I have no idea what kind of set up people are using for them. Thanks, Mark
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