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#328623 - 04/03/13 11:53 AM Dock Size
jsfatl Offline


Registered: 03/26/13
Posts: 5
Loc: Georgia
Constructing a dock on my one acre pond. Any suggestion on a good size? Don't really know how it will be used, except perhaps to have a few people fishing off of, or jumping in the water. Perhaps dock a canoe along one side...

Will be a platform dock that will connect back to the shore via "bridge" ramp. Just curious what size dock you would build...

Thanks
J

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#328625 - 04/03/13 11:59 AM Re: Dock Size [Re: jsfatl]
fish n chips Offline


Registered: 09/06/11
Posts: 2315
Loc: Northeast Ohio
other things to consider;

Do you think that you'll ever have a fish feeder on it? Are you the type of person who may want to have a cage to grow out some small fish to put into the pond?

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#328626 - 04/03/13 12:19 PM Re: Dock Size [Re: jsfatl]
Zep Offline
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jsfatl...ya thinking something about like this?

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#328628 - 04/03/13 12:25 PM Re: Dock Size [Re: jsfatl]
jsfatl Offline


Registered: 03/26/13
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Loc: Georgia
Zep - That's it exactly. But probably smaller ramp...

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#328836 - 04/04/13 12:57 PM Re: Dock Size [Re: jsfatl]
Jeff Calvin Offline


Registered: 06/12/12
Posts: 38
Loc: Ohio USA
Hey Zep - that is one cool dock man!

Is this a floating dock?
(Can't really tell by the photos, but I think it is.)

Did you build it or did Wahoo Docks do the work?

I'd like to see if it is something doable for me to do in my pond.
I have very steep edges off the back that go down to 12' depths, so the use of poles, etc. is out of the question - I think.

Thanks - Jeff

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#328847 - 04/04/13 02:01 PM Re: Dock Size [Re: jsfatl]
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Mines 16x12 good size for everything I do..
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#328849 - 04/04/13 02:40 PM Re: Dock Size [Re: jsfatl]
jludwig Offline


Registered: 05/14/11
Posts: 1427
Loc: Central Kansas
Ours is no bigger than a boat...



Link to the thread if you want to view the process.

Building Dock


Edited by jludwig (04/04/13 02:41 PM)
Edit Reason: forgot the link

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#328852 - 04/04/13 02:52 PM Re: Dock Size [Re: Jeff Calvin]
Zep Offline
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Jeff....that's not my dock. I have collected pictures of lots of docks so when I get ready to build I will be able to show someone "this is basically what i want". It does look like it is a floating dock. Here are some other pretty cool docks I've come across on-line. BTW...I am going to have a small dock...probably with no roof, some of these pics are just for ideas.

















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#328853 - 04/04/13 02:59 PM Re: Dock Size [Re: jsfatl]
Zep Offline
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Originally Posted By: jsfatl
That's it exactly. But probably smaller ramp...

jsfatl...if you don't have handrails it's probably best to go with a slighty wider walkout plank. I am not going to have handrails so my walkout will need to be slightly wider than one with handrails.

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#328855 - 04/04/13 03:20 PM Re: Dock Size [Re: Zep]
jludwig Offline


Registered: 05/14/11
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Loc: Central Kansas
Originally Posted By: Zep
Originally Posted By: jsfatl
That's it exactly. But probably smaller ramp...

jsfatl...if you don't have handrails it's probably best to go with a slighty wider walkout plank. I am not going to have handrails so my walkout will need to be slightly wider than one with handrails.



Also consider the depth of your pond where your dock is located in your decision process of deciding whether or not to use hand rails. If it is ten feet deep below your dock, I would suggest handrails. If it is just a foot or two, they wouldn't be necessary. But to each, their own.

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#328856 - 04/04/13 03:25 PM Re: Dock Size [Re: jludwig]
Zep Offline
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Originally Posted By: jludwig
Also consider the depth of your pond where your dock is located in your decision process of deciding whether or not to use hand rails. If it is ten feet deep below your dock, I would suggest handrails. If it is just a foot or two, they wouldn't be necessary. But to each, their own.

thanks...jludwig.
my walk-out is going to be pretty shallow
at least most of the time
but after a salty margarita or two I might regret no handrails!

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#328867 - 04/04/13 05:06 PM Re: Dock Size [Re: jsfatl]
muddywater Offline


Registered: 04/25/12
Posts: 9
Loc: MS
Here is an option for small ponds


Attachments
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Description: 8x8 with 4x8 raised walkway and two demo feeders



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#328872 - 04/04/13 05:20 PM Re: Dock Size [Re: jsfatl]
Zep Offline
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that's nice muddywater
can you slide over to Texas and build me one!
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#328880 - 04/04/13 06:04 PM Re: Dock Size [Re: jsfatl]
Dave Davidson1 Offline
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Mark, I've also been known to dive down into some mixed up tequila.

Check out EZ docks of Texas. They are in Euless. They are modular. Just design what you want.


Edited by Dave Davidson1 (04/04/13 06:08 PM)
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#328887 - 04/04/13 06:48 PM Re: Dock Size [Re: jsfatl]
Zep Offline
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Thanks Dave!
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#328909 - 04/04/13 08:50 PM Re: Dock Size [Re: jsfatl]
woodster Offline
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Registered: 01/21/07
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My two cents, a floating dock is nice to fish from as your always at the water surface to land fish. However, the smaller it is the more it will tilt with weight on it. If you plan to use barrels for flotation, try filling them part way up with water it will be way more stable.

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#328913 - 04/04/13 09:23 PM Re: Dock Size [Re: jsfatl]
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Loc: Aylett, VA
Why would it be more stable? They will support more weight empty.
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#328939 - 04/04/13 10:19 PM Re: Dock Size [Re: woodster]
Zep Offline
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Originally Posted By: woodster
the smaller it is the more it will tilt with weight on it.


That's interesting woodster....especially as my brother and I discuss floating vs. fixed for a small dock. We lean towards fixed, but see upsides to both kinds. Our water level seems to be pretty stable. Texas has had a terrible drought and our pond was never very low even last summer. It now is full and overflowing into the drain pipe. And we have a possible plan to supplement our pond with a type of "retention" pond/basin. Still not sure which type of dock we'll go with.
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#328960 - 04/04/13 11:29 PM Re: Dock Size [Re: Zep]
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My nephew & I built a small floating dock (8 x 8) a couple of years ago with barrels. It is way too small. I'm a pretty big guy and I can stand on one edge and tilt it enough to think getting wet is very possible. With another person we are both going for a swim.

My plan is to build a fix dock about 21 feet long and then attach the floating dock to the end.

Zep, I'm delighted to hear that your pond is full. I'm hoping after the rain from the past couple of days that we are getting full. It will be the first time in 2.5 years.
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#328961 - 04/04/13 11:36 PM Re: Dock Size [Re: Dave Davidson1]
jludwig Offline


Registered: 05/14/11
Posts: 1427
Loc: Central Kansas
Originally Posted By: Dave Davidson1
Mark, I've also been known to dive down into some mixed up tequila.

Check out EZ docks of Texas. They are in Euless. They are modular. Just design what you want.


Looked into those... Gets expensive in a hurry.

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#328964 - 04/04/13 11:45 PM Re: Dock Size [Re: Bushwacker]
Zep Offline
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Originally Posted By: Bushwacker
My nephew & I built a small floating dock (8 x 8) a couple of years ago with barrels. It is way too small. I'm a pretty big guy and I can stand on one edge and tilt it enough to think getting wet is very possible. My plan is to build a fix dock about 21 feet long and then attach the floating dock to the end.

Bushwacker....that's good to know.
I would not like having a lot of "bounce" or lean in a dock.
I am starting to think for us "fixed" may be the way to go.

Originally Posted By: Bushwacker
Zep, I'm delighted to hear that your pond is full. I'm hoping after the rain from the past couple of days that we are getting full. It will be the first time in 2.5 years.

Good deal. The rain has been such a blessing.
How low did your ponds get?
Hope your's keep filling with more rain predicted next week!

Last Sat...Lake Zeppelin full

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#328975 - 04/05/13 12:28 AM Re: Dock Size [Re: jsfatl]
loretta Offline
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Registered: 05/14/09
Posts: 561
Loc: MI
For a floating dock I heard it should be at least 12 x 12 for stability.

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#328976 - 04/05/13 12:29 AM Re: Dock Size [Re: Zep]
Bushwacker Offline
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Registered: 11/08/08
Posts: 129
Loc: Henderson Cty, Tx
Zep, back during the bad drought we basically went dry. Had about 12 to 18 inches of water in about 30 foot circle. Most but not all the fish died. Wish that I had killed out everything. When full we are just shy of 2 acres.

I am starting to believe that the pond has too much shallow area. About an acre is roughly 3 feet deep when full.

Sure wish that I had time during the drought to have put in a dock. How do you dig a hole when the dirt is covered in 3 feet of water?


Edited by Bushwacker (04/05/13 12:36 AM)
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#328977 - 04/05/13 12:35 AM Re: Dock Size [Re: loretta]
Bushwacker Offline
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Registered: 11/08/08
Posts: 129
Loc: Henderson Cty, Tx
Loretta, based on our experience you are probably right about a 12 x 12 is the minimum size. I also would want to drive some metal posts down at each corner to help stabilize the dock and hold it in place.
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#328980 - 04/05/13 01:53 AM Re: Dock Size [Re: jsfatl]
Dustin Pratt Offline
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16 x 16 is perfect.

Here is a link to the one we built!



Link to my dock building and launching party!









Edited by Dustin Pratt (04/05/13 01:54 AM)

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