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Michael Caswell

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Is a Floating dock the answer?
« on: April 28, 2019, 03:36:58 am »
I've been looking at a company called Rolling Barge Co.
They use 50 gallon plastic drums as the flotation devices, rather than the specially made interlocking block systems available.
In colder climates, like New York, they claim the curved drums will be forced upward by the ice, preventing them from being crushed, unlike  the square blocks. There is also a huge cost saving as these drums can be found for about $25 each.
One such source is Kaplan Containers of East Rochester NY.

If getting a permit for a dock is a problem, registering the dock as a boat might be an answer for you.

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« Last Edit: April 28, 2019, 03:50:58 am by Michael Caswell »

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Re: Is a Floating dock the answer?
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2019, 10:09:32 am »
From section II-A-10. of "Design and Construction Requirements for Residential/Non-Commercial Docks, Decks, Platforms and Boat Launches/Ramps"

"Flotation devices for docks shall be foam blocks, pontoons or other material manufactured specifically for flotation. Metal barrels, drums, or other containers that are not specifically made for flotation are prohibited."

So my understanding is that blue barrels are not approved for docks but registering it as a boat may be a loophole. Of course you won't be allowed to attach your "boat" to the shore permanently with steps or the likes.

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Re: Is a Floating dock the answer?
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2019, 08:39:40 am »
Thanks for posting the NYCC Dock Information, looking like a 4' wide dock extended from the top of an Raised Embankment section towards the water would work. But pontoons may be best, can stabilize 100 square foot of platform pretty easily.

Make the dock look like a pontoon boat platform, minus the motor. Should confuse anyone trying to approve the design & work permit , like Dam & Levee.

Thanks for the information.