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Old 04-15-2011, 11:47 AM
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Anyone have any thoughts on roll-in versus stationary docks. Looking at a Floe roll-in or a free standing dock with supports. Roll-in is more expensive but more stable. Shallow water - under 6 ft - and muddy bottom. Any thoughts are appreciated.
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Old 04-15-2011, 12:23 PM
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Anyone have any thoughts on roll-in versus stationary docks. Looking at a Floe roll-in or a free standing dock with supports. Roll-in is more expensive but more stable. Shallow water - under 6 ft - and muddy bottom. Any thoughts are appreciated.
A roll-in might be a little difficult to install/remove in muddy bottom conditions.
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Old 04-15-2011, 01:10 PM
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I have a two section roll in (about 60 feet overall) and I can put it in myself. The bottom is mostly sand but more mucky as you get out and still rolls fairly well. If your muck is deep, and if you can get a vehicle down there to yoink it out, I'd go with a roll in.
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Old 04-15-2011, 02:46 PM
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With our Hewitt docks, the stationary sections are more stable than the roll in section by far...but I added the optional cross braces so I'm sure that has something to do with it.

Our shore line is very steep and rocky, and the roll in wheels sit in mud. The lawn tractor pulls the roll in section out of the water and up the bank with ease. The single 20' pier to the right is the roll-a-dock, while the rest the traditional post/ mud-pad setup.
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Old 04-15-2011, 11:00 PM
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I am a big fan of Floe docks. I like the versatility of being able to put the wheels on the inside of the dock so my lift will go right next to the dock. I just put my first section in and our lake is up over last year - the ease of raising the section is a huge plus. Our beach starts out sandy and then goes to muck, which will cover the wheels at the end of the dock. I use my truck to pull the dock out in the fall for the main section. My dock is older and heavier, with the cedar boards - If I ever had to buy new, I would go for the aluminum top.
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Old 04-16-2011, 07:43 AM
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We had the roll in, and ended up converting to post and auger because the lake bottom was not uniform. One side of it we had to put a block under the wheel to get it level... if your lake bottom is uniform, the roll in is great, and really stable though.
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Old 04-16-2011, 07:51 AM
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Anyone have any thoughts on roll-in versus stationary docks. Looking at a Floe roll-in or a free standing dock with supports. Roll-in is more expensive but more stable. Shallow water - under 6 ft - and muddy bottom. Any thoughts are appreciated.
I have a stationary dock and love it..... is you lake constant level? I posted pics on " show your dock thread" go to http://www.theboatliftcompany.com/ check it out
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Old 04-16-2011, 10:56 AM
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We have a roll in with a center section that has two additional side sections bolted to it. It takes us about 1/2 from start to finish to put it in the water and adjust all the legs. Very stable and no more replacing dock boards (it's all plastic with aluminum frame).
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Old 05-16-2011, 01:38 PM
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I have the same issue. I'm looking to buy an aluminum dock. Depth under 6', sandy/muddy bottom.

So far, I've considered:

-Floe
-Shoremaster
-Hewitt

What other brands should I look at?
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:56 AM
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I also stumbled upon this. Dealer says that it's compatible with FLOE, not sure of pricing yet

http://www.northernlightsmarine.com/...ntial/roll-in/
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