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Old 31-07-2012, 14:38   #1
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Need Docking Suggestions for High Tidal Swings

Hello to all, I am a newbie to this forum but have been boating for years. I have been with the CG Auxillary for 20 years so I know just enough to be dangerous.

I recently purchased a new remote cabin in the Ketchikan, AK area in a cove that has 10 to 12 feet tidal changes with low tide leaving the bay area in front of me pretty much dry, at least not deep enough to leave my boat there.

I am going to have to anchor my 26' Stamas cruiser about 1/4 mile back into the mouth of the cove so that it will stay afloat. I will use a dingy to shuttle back and forth. This will be okay for a short term solution but not the long run.

I was thinking, don't mind those brain cells smoldering , about trying to create some type of dry dock or some type of tidal grid so that I can bring my boat closer to home and it could rest peacefully at low tide.

Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions no matter how weird they may be.

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Old 31-07-2012, 15:52   #2
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Re: Need Docking Suggestions for High Tidal Swings

Ya could try a old fashion railway lift, or a couple or three concrete pileings and a concrete slab poured when the tides out and put the boat next to the pileings and let her sit on the slab at low tide ?? years ago every one had a rail road lift for there boats up there! And there were all kind of the pileing places to use to paint the bottoms at low tide ! just a couple of thoughts ( and if ya know any powder monkeys they might help LOL)

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Re: Need Docking Suggestions for High Tidal Swings

Look at conventional boat lifts. The size of your boat is NO problem as bigger boats use them here where the tide is only 3 ft. This would be a pair of gear driven electric motors so it may not be fast but will work quite handy. You'll need a structure to hold the boat that far above the low tide but the lifting part is a no brainer. The lift would be two A/C motors.

The grid idea isn't so bad but you will need some type of railway since you can't always come in on a perfect tide to set it in the "saddle". A lift just means you come in sailing or you are out anchoring. You can't have something that you come in at low tide and are OK with without a railroad to convey you form where you float in and get hauled up.

The lift means you coime in at a reasonable tide above low so you can slide into the lift.
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Old 31-07-2012, 17:42   #4

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Re: Need Docking Suggestions for High Tidal Swings

Just how far from the water do you end up?often it is possible to dig a hole with your prop as the tide falls. Ive emptied out filled up slips this way. before emptying would be dry after blowing out with prop wouldnt touch bottom with 4' draft
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