DIY Portable Floating Dock
When Mack wanted to build a portable floating dock, he scoured the internet for different options, and stumbled across Simplified Building in the process. Using Kee Klamp fittings to create the frame, Mack was able to build a modular dock that could be broken down for transport. In this article, we'll take a closer look at this unique project, the fittings used, and how Mack was able to create this floating dock.
The frame of the portable dock is built using Kee Klamp fittings and electrical conduit. Then nine inflatable fenders are placed in-between the frame that allow the dock to float. From there, five platforms are placed over the dock frame to complete the structure.
In the image below, you can more clearly see how this is done:
The inflatable fenders are placed in-between the frame and are tied down using straps that go through the D-rings on each end of the fenders. Mack bought the inflatable fenders from Saturn Inflatable Boats in Canada. He then got the D-rings and straps from StrapWorks. Mack sewed the straps himself to the exact size he needed.
The platforms that are placed over the dock frame were built using plywood that was then painted with an epoxy based no slip paint from Slip Doctors in Carrollton Texas called Dura Grip.
Above, you can see one of the intersecting sections of the frame. The Single Socket Tee is used here to create the intersection.
Also, notice how this section was painted green. To make assembly of structure easier, Mack painted each of the different intersecting sections with a different color paint. This way he can remember where each pipe and fitting connect. A smart move by Mack to make reassembly that much easier.
In the image above, you can see how the Straight Coupling was used. Since, some of the lengths of pipe were not long enough to build the frame, Mack was able to connect smaller sections of pipe using the Straight Coupling.
Finally, the 90 Degree Elbow fittings were used for the end of the frame, as well as, the handles connected at the side of the frame. In the image above, we can see how the 90 Degree Elbow fittings are used to change the direction of the frame, allowing the end to be created.
In the image below, we can see a closer look at the handles. There are four handles, two on each side of the dock frame, that are used to help get the platform into the water. They are also used to tie down Mack's Jet Skis to the dock. The handles are created by using two 90 Degree Elbow fittings to create the turns and two Single Socket Tees to connect to the main frame. The handles use PVC pipe so that they don't get too hot to touch.
The dock connects to Mack's house boat and allows him to tender off his Jet Skis. It also provides a platform for him and his children to play and swim off of. Mack uses orange ratchet straps, connected from the dock to either side of the house boat, in order to provide sway stability.
The entire dock is modular, in that it can be broken down for transport and then reassembled. However, this also means the structure can be modified. By adding or subtracting different fittings and pipe, the dock could be modified to be longer, wider, etc. All without the need for any cutting, welding, or other major work.
One final thing to note about the project, is the fact that the Kee Klamp fittings are hot dip galvanized. This gives them their exceptional ability to fight off the deadly signs off rust. Making them perfect for use in wet, corrosive environments like lakes or the ocean. Mack won't have to worry about the fittings rusting any time soon and will be able to use his dock for many years to come.
Here's what he had to say about the project:
What did you build and why did you build it?
A portable dock that I connect to my houseboat. The skeleton structure is made from electrical conduit and of course what holds it all together is Kee Klamps! The Kee Klamps have worked wonderfully and provide me the ability to break down the dock for transport. This dock provides a swim platform and docking for my Jet Skis. It is 4' x 16'.
How did you initially get interested in the idea of using our product?
I searched the internet for some type of connectors and found Kee Klamps to perform the task. They are so easy to use and connect pipe together. Their tenacity with holding pipe is great and nothing comes apart. You were the low cost supplier of Kee Klamps on the WEB and your service is quick and complete.
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