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DIY floating dock ramp for kayaks and other craft under 300lbs or so #13854276 01/21/21 01:36 AM
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PVC—I used 1.5” schedule 40. Quantity of ten in five foot length.
2” outside deck screws (100)
Fender washers (100)
Rubber garden hose 50ft light duty
Dock fender floats
D rings/anchors/cleats
Rope

I’ll add some more garden hose cross supports (ran out of screws and washers—used 100 so far)

Portable, removable, weighs about 30lbs

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Re: DIY floating dock ramp for kayaks and other craft under 300lbs or so [Re: CCTX] #13858833 01/24/21 02:10 PM
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Works better than imagined
Designed so back third sinks so you could just drive up onto the ramp.

I’ll actually add a little more floatation all the way to the very back 1/4 just to have the perfect amount of front and middle bouyancy.

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Re: DIY floating dock ramp for kayaks and other craft under 300lbs or so [Re: CCTX] #13858962 01/24/21 03:32 PM
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is that your backyard

good idea

Re: DIY floating dock ramp for kayaks and other craft under 300lbs or so [Re: CCTX] #13859009 01/24/21 04:08 PM
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Ha, no, I need to sweep some leaves out of the garage.


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Re: DIY floating dock ramp for kayaks and other craft under 300lbs or so [Re: CCTX] #13859071 01/24/21 04:53 PM
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what about the water?

Re: DIY floating dock ramp for kayaks and other craft under 300lbs or so [Re: CCTX] #13859129 01/24/21 05:32 PM
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Friend’s dock.


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Re: DIY floating dock ramp for kayaks and other craft under 300lbs or so [Re: CCTX] #13859653 01/24/21 11:49 PM
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Bien hombre

Re: DIY floating dock ramp for kayaks and other craft under 300lbs or so [Re: CCTX] #13859690 01/25/21 12:06 AM
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I priced out something commercially available, and cheap ones start at $999.
I knew I could make something serviceable for under $150 easy.
That’s $850 more dollars available for beers and fishing gear.


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Re: DIY floating dock ramp for kayaks and other craft under 300lbs or so [Re: CCTX] #13909676 03/03/21 08:59 PM
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me so confused....yaks float, if you need it out of the water hang it from a rafter.

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Need pics with a yak on it. Is there enough slack in the garden hose to allow the pvc to wrap up on the sides and create a type of cradle? I'd think it would have to or it would be very unstable.


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Yes, it cradles in the middle.
Most of the floatation is on the outside edges, so the middle sinks relative to the outside when there is weight on it
I did add a little more floatation toward the rear, so it’s more dock/ less ramp now. Less severe incline.

Would I walk on it, no

Supports a stationary kayak just fine with three corners tethered to the main dock.


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Originally Posted by 30ft jon boat
me so confused....yaks float, if you need it out of the water hang it from a rafter.


Some lakes get algae blooms and have high salinity.
Yes, yaks float; but, this is primarily to keep the hull cleaner (don’t think zebra muscles could cling to HDPE, but maybe a transducer below the water line)

Much easier to launch off the floating dock than a rafter.


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