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dock installation questions

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I just purchased a new cabin that included a relatively new Floe dock system and ShoreStation boat lift. There are six sections (some 12' and some 16' and an 8'by 8' sun deck). All of the dock sections have roll-in wheels. It appears the boat lift does not. Since I have never installed a dock before, I was wondering how easy/difficult it is to put a dock in the water? Will I need a 4 wheeler or can a couple of guys push/carry everything? I am trying to plan ahead so I do not spend the entire fishing opener weekend putting a dock in. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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The dock sections are a piece of cake. One or 2 guys will be fine there. I would recommend buying the wheel kits for the lift. What they do is mount to the base and then with a chain get attached to the platform that lifts the boat. You then crank up the platform and the wheels cantilever down and you are able to roll the dock in. I have 2 2x8s that I use to pry a little here and there, but have the overall process perfected. I have a sandy yet firm bottom, and a softer bottom makes it a little bit of a challenge.

A 4 wheeler and winch makes pull out much easier in the fall.

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Deffinatly try to get a wheel kit for the lift or find three to four strong helpers.We have one alum lift and two steel,100 ft of dock sections.With out the wheels this would be and all day project.Ussually takes two of us about 4 hours.Check out the cost on having a crew put in and take out.Some will do it quite reasonable.Burl.

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