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Our First Duckweed Dock

May 26, 2013

Pond 1 New dockThis has been my kids and my weekend project out at Pond #1; a landing, set of stairs going down a steep bank and a 12 ft dock out of 2×10’s and pallets. All is untreated timber, even the virgin railroad ties. I’ve built straighter steps in my life but considering that I was slithering  down a bank full of  poison ivy wielding a heavy nail gun and swatting off those darned ticks… you get the picture.  The best part is that I can now board my Yaught without getting my shoes wet.

Yaught is my homemade solar-powered pontoon boat that I use to move around on this one acre pond to do duckweed and water sampling, and occasional fishing. My ex built the frame for me from aluminum tubing.  I began with styrofoam floats, but opted for added height with these 55 gallon cider vinegar drums. It’s a bit tippier, but I’m good with that.  The solar panel is above my head and recharges two golf cart batteries located under the upturned ice cooler. It gives me more than enough power to cruse around for as long as I want, although I don’t win any speed records.

The reason my pants are wet is because my son and I were in the water up to that depth attaching the dock to the railroad ties.  I’d trim one tie to match the other, but am not up to hand sawing through such dense timber. I still don’t have any electricity hooked up out here. Am trying to get by without it if I can. Air for the nail gun came from a charged air compressor that I hauled in my pickup.  The pallets cost a buck apiece. Total cost for the landing, stairs, and dock- $100.

I’m starting to feel civilized. 🙂

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 29, 2013 9:47 pm

    Thanks, Hamdi. It’s a learning curve to move to large ponds, but I’m enjoying it very much.

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  2. hamdi shaar permalink
    May 29, 2013 12:53 pm

    Great stuff. Its wonderful to see a duckweed pioneer this invested in duckweed.

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