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Old 07-07-2012, 23:36   #1
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Wind resistance

Hey All,
I live in a 2 story houseboat in the Puget Sound. I'm looking to stabilize the heel in the winds that come down off the bluff to my West. Otherwise I have to spin the boat around each Fall to avoid the roof fascia from hitting the pier post. I've been thinking of something like an inverted radar dish. Originally I was thinking of having something fabricated out of steel, in part for the added ballast the weight would provide; but it's cost prohibitive at 1/4", although still waiting on a quote for 1/8".

So my questions are: 1. Any other ideas as to what else might prove affective, 2. Any other construction methods/materials, 3. I'm 40' long with a 12' beam and 14 tons; I was thinking of hanging 3 on each side, roughly 24" in diameter...thoughts? I'm NOT a designer by any stretch, so I'm totally winging it here & would appreciate any input from those of you with more experience.
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Old 08-07-2012, 04:28   #2
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Re: Wind resistance

Can the pier post be trimmed? Those pesky termites have struck again....
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:36   #3
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Re: Wind resistance

Are you in the lake?
Specifically, no rise and fall of tide?
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Re: Wind resistance

Add an extra pontoon each side...44gal drums attached to a simple frame? That would bring you further out from the dock and increase stability.
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