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 Post subject: Re: Floats
 Post Posted: Wed May 07, 2014 3:05 pm 
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I thought for sure Doc would have chimed in with an opinion to the build so far....


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 Post subject: Re: Floats
 Post Posted: Fri May 09, 2014 6:50 pm 
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I could be wrong but i do believe the floats on Doc's 5" dredge is made the same but covered with wood.

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 Post Posted: Tue May 13, 2014 5:42 pm 
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Yep,

Doc's is like this one except his is covered with plywood and he doesn't have the taper on the bow and stern.
It's a semi-clone of Doc's, except his is a 5".
Height and Width of the floats are about the same on both.
You can float a car with these.
The sluice is 7 foot by 18" wide.
Doc's is 24" wide and a little longer I believe.
Mine will be coated with a brushable styrofoam safe polyurathane.
I'll be using a twin 2" feed 4" jet.

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 Post Posted: Wed May 14, 2014 10:16 am 
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Two things really stand out Kodiak #1 is your shop that just aint far how clean and tidy everything is :lol: and #2 holy crap that is a LOT !!!! of flotation you damn sure aint going to sink that sucker :twisted: that was a major concern of mine and I guess it still is those original Keene Floats that I have really don't provide enough flotaion

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 Post Posted: Wed May 14, 2014 10:21 am 
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In the off season I plan on using it as a catamaran in the Bahamas! LOL! :roll:

The bottom three or four layers of styrofoam will probably be the only thing submerged.
The rest will be above water.
I believe Doc has about 18" of styrofoam per float also on his.
I may be wrong.
It may not look like it but as is in the photo's the floats are supporting about 220 lbs.
I also plan on having a tool box and a few additional things on the floats while dredging.
Also if there is a flash flood it should stay afloat and not bust up and disappear overnight as long as it's anchored and tied off good.
At least I hope so!

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 Post Posted: Thu May 15, 2014 1:45 am 
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Kodiak Charlie wrote:
Also if there is a flash flood it should stay afloat and not bust up and disappear overnight as long as it's anchored and tied off good.
At least I hope so!


Unless the whole tree floats away like it did with Docs awhile back ;(. I'm scared to leave anything in the water much less out in the open overnight around here. Too many meth heads stealing scrap metal even out in the woods.

When I first saw the pics I thought it looked top heavy with the height of the floats but then when you said it was similar in size to his I guess it was just the way the picture was taken. I have seen his sitting in the water at GNG and it looked like it sat pretty good. I remember when you were first building it as a high banker and it has came a long way for sure. Looks great.


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 Post Posted: Thu May 15, 2014 2:27 pm 
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It started out as a land based 4" dredge.
That one used a hopper.
This one doesn't have the hopper.
I'm getting a few more things welded this week.
Hopefully I'll have the mat installed in it this weekend and it will be ready to go.
Plus I have to cut and install the 1/4" punch plate.
This build has taken about three times longer than I figured.
My son could'nt help me on this one.

Hopefully when I test it I can get some underwater footage of it working the bottom.

Also as far as crack and meth heads I usually carry crack and meth head repellant with me! :roll:
Kind of like the old American Express commercial used to say, "Never leave home without it!"

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 Post Posted: Thu May 15, 2014 4:36 pm 
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Kodiak Charlie wrote:
It started out as a land based 4" dredge.
That one used a hopper.
This one doesn't have the hopper.
I'm getting a few more things welded this week.
Hopefully I'll have the mat installed in it this weekend and it will be ready to go.
Plus I have to cut and install the 1/4" punch plate.
This build has taken about three times longer than I figured.
My son could'nt help me on this one.

Hopefully when I test it I can get some underwater footage of it working the bottom.

Also as far as crack and meth heads I usually carry crack and meth head repellant with me! :roll:
Kind of like the old American Express commercial used to say, "Never leave home without it!"


Unfortunately our club has enacted a no firearms permitted on the person rule but I know what you mean. If I am out most anywhere else and espec on some of the private areas we have access to then I have one on me as well.


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 Post Posted: Thu May 15, 2014 4:45 pm 
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Anymore you never know what's going to happen to you. Years ago you had to be in the wrong place at the wrong time (Bad Neighborhood, Etc.) Nowdays all you have to do is be anywhere.
It's horrible the state our Country has fallen into.
Besides it's hard to wear a Smith and Wesson 500 on a weight belt when you're diving! :lol:

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 Post Posted: Thu May 15, 2014 9:30 pm 
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Kodiak Charlie wrote:
Anymore you never know what's going to happen to you. Years ago you had to be in the wrong place at the wrong time (Bad Neighborhood, Etc.) Nowdays all you have to do is be anywhere.
It's horrible the state our Country has fallen into.
Besides it's hard to wear a Smith and Wesson 500 on a weight belt when you're diving! :lol:


Agreed it is sad that it has gotten that way. I even keep on in my pocket when working in the shop because you just never know when the wrong person will wander in..... plus we have a bear roaming the neighborhood ;) .

As far as the 500, my dad used to be a Sheriff and I wouldn't put it past him to find a way ;))))


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