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Conch Harbor, Key West
Thanks again for your help. We appreciated it and would be happy to share our experiences with potential customers interested in purchasing EZ Dock products for similar applications.
Carolina Yacht Club
The new EZ Dock system is a good addition to our existing facilities and to the Junior Sailing Program. The docks are significantly more stable than our former “black cubes.” They are designed to cradle the 420s during the summer sailing program. The added convenience of the 420 boat storage will allow more surface in the parking lot. The convenience of putting the boats on the docks will make our program more efficient.
I encourage the members to come by and walk on the docs and see for yourselves!
As the storm passed through Belmont Bay on Friday morning about 0300 AM, three conditions arrived at the same time. The first was high tide, the second was a four foot surge of water and then steady 40 knot winds from the southeast, which drove the water directly into Belmont Bay. The result was a total rise of raging water of 7 to 8 feet.
I was out there watching the action with my flashlight. The pilings on my fixed pier are cut 48 inches above the deck. The only thing I could see with my flashlight was the white cone caps on the top of the fixed pilings and the floating E-Z Dock. The aluminum ramp slipped off the floating walkway and fell into the water but the floating E-Z Dock was riding the storm out very smoothly.
Although I had taken the jet ski and jet boat off the dock earlier, I do believe they could have survived the storm if I had left them on the dock. The E-Z dock was amazingly steady in these stormy conditions.
The 4 inch steel pilings that I used on my E-Z Dock stand 6 feet above the floating deck at normal high tide but during Isabel the water rose 8 feet. However the floating dock did not slip over the pilings because I had screwed an end cap on the top of each piling. The end cap was larger than the hole in the floating dock retained and thus it only lifted the piling up about two feet and the E-Z Dock continued to float.
Meanwhile, my neighbor to the left found his floating dock in his front yard and the neighbor to the right lost his old floating dock after it slipped over the wood pilings and broke in half.
Thanks for your counsel over the last two years with my E-Z Dock system.
Lakeside Point Dock Master
The compliments on the end product have been outstanding. Many had concerns before the installation but the outcome is viewed as “first class and a great asset to our neighborhood”. The end product was even used in a major photo by the Smithfield Selma Chamber of Commerce in the yearly publication magazine of 2008. We have even had people to drive by and stop as the docks catch people’s attention on the water, one even being the Mayor of Four Oaks, NC which is across the lake from our docks.
After many hours of research on what was the best product to use as an engineer and having many discussions with the NC Water Quality Division, the US Army Corps of Engineers, Coastal Area Management, Town of Smithfield Planning Department, and the Johnston County Planning and Inspections Department, everyone was pleased with the selection of the docks.
Another remarkable part of the docks is the docks were installed in less than two days once the material was delivered on-site. The quality of the product is superior over wood and very durable for long term use. We also love the fact that regardless of the water level the docks are always at the correct water level for our use on the lake. The other item that we like about the EZ Dock is that we can expand as needed and we have many options to adjust to our future needs as a community.
Thank-you and to your team for a great job!
See you at the lake,