Thursday, April 17, 2008

Floating dock

Floating dockNow here's a good idea.

One so simple, but so effective.

All you do is let the air out of the dock to launch your RIB (HBI), then pump air back into the system to lift the RIB out of the water again.

Apparently not that much pressure is needed, so one of those small electric pumps can easily do the job.

All the advantages of having your boat out of the water, with none of the hassle of loading it onto a trailer, or having it hoisted out of the water all the time.

8 comments:

  1. Fred (WWR)12:04 PM

    I have a question about RIBs. What is the advantage of a RIB over a conventional small boat the same size?

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  2. Hi Fred,

    I'm sure everyone has their own ideas here, but I'd say the primary advantages are:

    1) Low weight/High performance

    2) Ability to handle bigger seas

    3) Bouncy, making docking etc. less stressful.

    Regards

    Tim

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  3. Anonymous2:36 PM

    Tim

    Did you buy one yet ?

    Bill Kelleher

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  4. Hi Bill

    No, but I have been thinking about making myself one!

    After all, how hard can it be?

    Cheers

    Tim

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  5. Hi Tim! I think the techniqe behind the success of the floating/sinking dock is that you don`t actually pump the air in to raise it you simply pump the water out therefor no high (ish) air pressure pump is needed just a bilge pump of suitable value or one that will suck up water from a small distance say one metre. Be wary with your first experiments in that some residual air must stay or your construction will nose dive to the bottom :o)) tee hee.If you are thinkg of using this method on Lady Jane I guess that the ols subs at the yard can be bought for a song. Oh no they can as I think they have gone now? :o))

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  6. Hi Rob

    The one I saw worked on air being displaced using a little 12V compressor.

    A flood/bilge pump arrangement would work just as well, maybe even simpler.

    Hmm...

    Cheers

    Tim

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  7. Anonymous11:25 PM

    There will be fixed styrene foam flotation to keep the dock from sinking completely. Air can be blown into the flotation chambers using a hoover or air-matress inflator.

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  8. Thanks Anonymous.

    The reality is I'll probably never get the time to make something like this myself.

    Cheers

    Tim

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