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Kayak Launches

Ever try getting in or out of a kayak from a dock or seawall? If so, you know it’s not easy. Depending on how high or low the tides are that day, stepping down into an unstable kayak is just not an easy thing to do. A Kayak Ladder Launch is a perfect solution for this problem. This Aluminum Ladder launch from Golden Manufacturing is like a small boat lift for your Kayak. It is simple to use, adapts to fluctuating water levels, and can be mounted to your seawall or dock. It has an adjustable set of bunks for varying size kayaks up to 100 lbs. You simply crank the kayak down into the water,...

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Post Irma Learning Lessons

SEAWALL FAILURE- A few weeks before Irma we had 17+ inches of rain that saturated our ground. With the wind rotation Irma had and its path into Southwest Florida, the easterly winds blew all of our water out into the Gulf. As many of us saw in pictures, the tide was at an extreme low. Many canals became totally empty, you would have had to walk a quarter mile out into the Caloosahatchee River before you would touch water. The low tide was out past the Fishing pier at Fort Myers Beach. Most of the seawalls in the Southeast/Southwest Cape Coral, Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach were built 40-50...

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BOAT LIFT ACCESSORIES

Stokes Marine offers many ways to customize a boat lift to fit your needs. These needs might include washing your boat, boat maintenance, entering and exiting the boat, or accessing different areas around your boat. If the dock does not wrap all the way around both side of the boat, washing the boat can become very difficult. Washing the hull of your boat while being on the boat can be rough on your back and sometimes impossible depending the what kind of hull you have. To help alleviate this issue walk boards can be installed on your boat lift. An aluminum walk board is bolted to the cradles...

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Boat Lifts 101

If you are in the market for a new lift, or just curious about how they work, we have compiled some basic information to educate you on boat lifts. Top Beam- Most boat lifts that you see will have a top beam. This will either be made of galvanized steel or aluminum. There are several different designs of a top beam depending on manufacturer and model. The top beam spans between two or three pilings depending on the lifting capacity. The purpose of the top beam is to span the weight of the boat between the pilings. It also has the drive units and cable winders attached to it. Drive units-...

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