Dredging, Dock Rebuilding and other Maintenance!
The Sailor’s Wharf, Just before Christmas break, removed their floating docks so that Gator Dredging Co. could dredge along the seawall and get us back our deep water we had back in the 80s and 90s. All the dredge material was the result of storm water runoff from the city streets. It only took Gator 1 ½ days to remove the material. They are very efficient, brought in the right equipment, and left the yard clean.
The small dredging project could only happen after the 3 months time it took to get the necessary permits. In 1978, when I received my 1st dredging permit to dredge the original depth to 6’, we received a one page permit from the Army Corps of Engineers. When we dredged again in 1986 to a depth of 8’ and 10‘ in the haulout slip, we had to go through more layers of bureaucracy; the permit was still 1 page from the Army Corps and about 4 more pages of other agencies. The current small maintenance permit consisted of 13 pages and covered many agencies. As a small businessman, you wonder if all that bureaucracy is really necessary.
Being in the boat yard business since 1978, we see boats come to our yard on a regular basis for a short list of service items and end up doing three times as much work as originally planned. Most of our customers decide that once they are in the yard they might as well address the items that need attention. Our floating docks ended up just like a typical customer’s work order. The floating docks had been in the water 28 years and served us well. After we hauled them, we decided that we might as well change all the rods that hold the system together. Then it was decided that we should go ahead and replace most of the pressure treated lumber, remove all the oysters, seal the concrete floats, replace all the vinyl rub strakes, rebuild the shore power pedestals and replace the electrical wiring with marine grade tinted wire for maximum voltage. For finishing touches, we painted the walkway Cape Cod gray and trimmed the sides with white PVC to protect the lumber from the sun.
The cost of the project was triple our original estimate, but the docks have never looked this good. They lasted 28 years before this maintenance project and I estimate that it should last at least another 30 years before we have to address it again. We decided to do it first class, even to replacing the boards on the gantries with first class composition board which will be maintenance free for years to come.
The point of this short blog is that we are accustomed to doing quality work for our customers and for the maintenance of our boat yard; we like our boat yard to be as clean as possible, for a boat yard anyway! That is why we have one of the best Parts Departments for a boat yard, invest in the best tools and have the best techs that know how to use them. We also have a great ABYC master technician for our service manager, Erik Hausch, who has earned our customers and our employees respect!
If you have not stopped by our boat yard recently, we would enjoy you visiting. We always have coffee and on three days per week, “Honey” our official boat yard greeter will give you a big kiss (well, try to lick you anyway).