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#570521 - 03/20/18 04:05 PM New boat dock!  
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I have a serious itch for some lake time, but that is still a few weeks away. I will do the next best thing...talk about the lake. I mentioned in another thread that we bought a lake house on Lake Norman last spring. The property came with a double-slip boat dock that was in rough shape. We get a lot of wave action on busy days and the fingers were unstable (good luck walking out on a finger after having a cocktail!), the decking was split and splintered, the floats had taken on some water and the weight of the boat lift would bend the fingers in on each side. Usable, but far from ideal. We explored making improvements, but it was not going to be cost effective and we would still not be where we wanted to be. So we hired a company to construct a new covered dock. We signed the contract in July with a start date in late September. It was completed sometime in October. So far we are very pleased with the results. Duke Energy limits the square footage that can cover the water to 1000 square feet. Since we wanted a covered slip, we had to give up the second slip since the roof counts as square footage over the lake. Fast forward to now, we are working out details on where the receptacles and lights will go and then hire an electrician to install. After we get a feel for how we use the existing deck space, we plan to add an annex to create more lounging/sunning space. Lastly, we will make a decision about rails or no rails on the pier. We initially were firmly “no rails”, but we are currently undecided and are looking at various designs for railing.

I am looking forward to using it and especially happy about not covering the boat each evening and covering up for summer rain storms. The shade will be nice for cleaning and maintenance as well.

The old dock or at least a portion of it.
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The new dock
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#570522 - 03/20/18 04:06 PM Re: New boat dock! [Re: Cycleboater]  
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Not sure what's going on with the first photo...

#570524 - 03/20/18 06:03 PM Re: New boat dock! [Re: Cycleboater]  
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Dang, that is the nicest boat dock I have ever seen! Well done! thumb

#570525 - 03/20/18 06:29 PM Re: New boat dock! [Re: Cycleboater]  
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Beautiful dock


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#570527 - 03/20/18 06:44 PM Re: New boat dock! [Re: Cycleboater]  
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Forgot to mention, nice looking boat as well.

#570528 - 03/20/18 06:50 PM Re: New boat dock! [Re: Cycleboater]  
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Beautiful.


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#570531 - 03/20/18 09:46 PM Re: New boat dock! [Re: Cycleboater]  
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Very nice setup! A good friend of mine boat a house with lake rights on Lake Norman. I'm hoping to get out there sometime this summer. Looks like a real nice lake.


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#570544 - 03/21/18 09:16 AM Re: New boat dock! [Re: Cycleboater]  
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Thanks Gents. I think we're going to get some good use out of it.

#570547 - 03/21/18 11:42 AM Re: New boat dock! [Re: Cycleboater]  
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You did a great job picking out the new dock. Huge improvement.


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#570550 - 03/21/18 02:18 PM Re: New boat dock! [Re: Cycleboater]  
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What a great looking setup, and not just the dock. The house, the setting, the dock with the roof over the boat, all very nicely done.

Where I grew up on Lake Huron a lot of people had docks with a roof over the boat. The would hang Sunbrella down from the roof along the sides of the slip to block the low afternoon sun from hitting the boat. The hanging Sunbrella was about 3' top to bottom. They would sew in a pocket along the bottom of the Sunbrella and slide a length of 1/2" galvanized pipe in the pocket to keep it hanging straight and keep the wind from blowing it around.


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#570551 - 03/21/18 05:52 PM Re: New boat dock! [Re: Cycleboater]  
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What do you expect a typical/max snow load on the dock?


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#570553 - 03/21/18 06:00 PM Re: New boat dock! [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Originally Posted by GoFirstClass
What a great looking setup, and not just the dock. The house, the setting, the dock with the roof over the boat, all very nicely done.

Where I grew up on Lake Huron a lot of people had docks with a roof over the boat. The would hang Sunbrella down from the roof along the sides of the slip to block the low afternoon sun from hitting the boat. The hanging Sunbrella was about 3' top to bottom. They would sew in a pocket along the bottom of the Sunbrella and slide a length of 1/2" galvanized pipe in the pocket to keep it hanging straight and keep the wind from blowing it around.



Thanks GFC. We have looked at houses for 3 years waiting for the right situation to come up. This one was it.

I've seen people on Lake Norman do the same thing that you are describing above. I will still use the full cover in the top photo to keep the sun off as much as possible, but without using the tent poles holding it up. The cover itself is easy and quick to put on, but then you have crawl inside with the cover on to put up the poles, which is can be a PITA. The cover is still fairly form fitting without the poles and should do ok unless there is sustained wind driven, sideways rain that ponds up on it.

#570554 - 03/21/18 06:05 PM Re: New boat dock! [Re: Jack T]  
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Originally Posted by Jack T
What do you expect a typical/max snow load on the dock?


0" to 5" in a typical year. We don't generally get much snow and it usually melts away by midday.

#570561 - 03/23/18 11:44 AM Re: New boat dock! [Re: Cycleboater]  
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Nice dock, it's amazing how docks look in different parts of the country. I like the boat cover, looking into one very similar to yours.


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#570562 - 03/23/18 11:52 AM Re: New boat dock! [Re: Cycleboater]  
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#570563 - 03/23/18 12:37 PM Re: New boat dock! [Re: Cycleboater]  
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OH, dang you. You just had to go and show a photo of those two old wood Chris' didn't you. If I was ever going to buy a wood boat it would be a 50's model Chris Craft Continental with the old bull nose style. Makes my heart race just thinking about one.


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#570564 - 03/23/18 02:26 PM Re: New boat dock! [Re: On Holiday]  
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Originally Posted by On Holiday
I like the boat cover, looking into one very similar to yours.


The cover is the best money I have ever spent on the boat. This is my second full cover. The previous cover lasted 9 years and would have lasted a few more except for a hole getting poked in it from one of the poles in a freak storm. The hole became a rip and it was history. My boat has been stored year round on a lift and it has zero sun or weather-related damage. Well worth the investment.

#570625 - 04/04/18 01:06 PM Re: New boat dock! [Re: Cycleboater]  
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Originally Posted by Cycleboater
Originally Posted by On Holiday
I like the boat cover, looking into one very similar to yours.


The cover is the best money I have ever spent on the boat. This is my second full cover. The previous cover lasted 9 years and would have lasted a few more except for a hole getting poked in it from one of the poles in a freak storm. The hole became a rip and it was history. My boat has been stored year round on a lift and it has zero sun or weather-related damage. Well worth the investment.


Great looking dock.

I knew that was Lake Norman as soon as I saw your pics. I grew up on Lake Norman and still keep my boat there on a lift also. I've been looking into a cover like you have. Do you mind telling me where you got yours?

#570626 - 04/04/18 02:45 PM Re: New boat dock! [Re: jplive]  
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Originally Posted by jplive
Originally Posted by Cycleboater
Originally Posted by On Holiday
I like the boat cover, looking into one very similar to yours.


The cover is the best money I have ever spent on the boat. This is my second full cover. The previous cover lasted 9 years and would have lasted a few more except for a hole getting poked in it from one of the poles in a freak storm. The hole became a rip and it was history. My boat has been stored year round on a lift and it has zero sun or weather-related damage. Well worth the investment.


Great looking dock.

I knew that was Lake Norman as soon as I saw your pics. I grew up on Lake Norman and still keep my boat there on a lift also. I've been looking into a cover like you have. Do you mind telling me where you got yours?



Thank you and sure. Call Dan at Carolina Custom Canvas--704.663.6264 or 704.400.1412. With mine, I took my boat to West Port Marina, they pulled the boat out and Dan made the cover on-site in one of West Port's buildings. Putting the cover on takes a little bit of effort, but once you get the routine down, its a 10 minute job.

#570627 - 04/04/18 03:29 PM Re: New boat dock! [Re: Cycleboater]  
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Thank you very much.


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