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Time for a new Dock.. What Options do we have?

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I'm asking this for a friend of mine who has a cabin on IDA, east side.

He wants to replace his old wooden dock, and wants to know what to get?The old dock is 6 sections of 8' The cabin has a four foot rock wall to the lake, so roll-out is probably not an option. Decking Aluminium? Plastic ?, Fiberglass? Surface type? Any brands better/ more durable, easier to install/ brake down? Any help would be appreciated. I'll pass it on, Thanks


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I always lean towards roll in, even with the elevation change. All you need is a set of ramps/2x10's to get it up on shore. Aluminum roll-ins are the best for weight and decking is personal preference.

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Check out Steve's Body Shop on Hwy 27 between Alex and Nelson. They have fantastic docks and are great to deal with.

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I also agree with the roll-in variety. The sectional dock requires you to be dependant on others to help you put it in typically. Roll-ins can be done with a truck or 4 wheeler.

Question I have - how are those big roll-in docks transferred to the lake from where ever purchased? You see these 40 foot sections of roll-in dock laying around, how would you get them to the lake? I assume they break down but I guess I've never seen it done...

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Depending on where your friend's cabin is on the east side of Ida, I'm guessing it may have a fairly steep wooded bank. So the roll-in type is probably not an option when storing for the winter. You might want to give Todd a call at Alexandria Dock Works. He'll tell ya the pros and cons.

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Gentlemen... I certainly did not come aboard the site to promote my business in any way... However, I would be more than happy to answer a few dock and lift questions any members may have... I will provide an honest opinion - whether I sell a certain product or not... We have worked in every waterfront condition Central Minnesota has to offer and there certainly are pros and cons to examine... I don't spend much time on the computer to analyze forum feed-back, but I do check my emails nearly every morning... My email is [email protected] if you have any questions to bounce around... Tight lines... Todd

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