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 01-20-2006, 16:39 Post: 123094
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I have a one acre pond with a 50' X 50' Island in the middle I need to cut grass and landscape. It is about 35' to the edge of the Island from the edge of the pond over water 10' deep. I have thought about steel beams, floating dock mid way, pontoons with ramps. Trying to get out the cheapest way and something I can do with little or no help. Draining the pond will be very diffucult dont want to kill the fish. I turn this over to the great minds I have seen at work on this forum.






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The first thing that popped into my head was use 40 foot shipping container with then ends cut off. I'm sure there's a problem with that plan though. It would be ugly anyway.






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"floating dock mid way, pontoons with ramps" would be my guess also. So I think you're on the right track. Or, you could line it with gators and run across their backs.Smile) Laughing out loud

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Tried the gator thing but this is southeast Ga did not take us long to eat the gator tails... You do know gators are tail from eyeballs back. another idea was telephone poles but they are hard to come by.






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Laughing out loud, Laughing out loud.

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Don't know if you've heard of "Farm Show magazine" (www.farmshow.com). A couple of months ago there was an article about a guy that builds bridges. I'm not suggesting that you buy one but if you can get a hold of the article it might give you some ideas






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Thanks the magazine led me to a company KANSAS STRUCTURAL COMPOSITES INC they have photos. It is worth checking out. I may be able to incorperate some of their ideas in to my final design. Did not think of fiberglass. Water proof wont rot. So is Bud cans. You think budlight cans would float better. My supervisor said if I want to be rich follow him and start saving beer cans.






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Well is this an aesthetic thing or do you what the least expensive? Cheapest - build a small pontoon raft, 4 plastic barrels and a small deck. Build a ramp for loading your equipment. Tie a nylon rope to the island and another to the shore. All you do is pull your line and move you to the island and pull the other line and park it back on the shore. If you want to get fancy you can build small dock at the shore and another on the island. You just mate the floating section to the dock and it becomes a fish feeding and fishing wharf.
Personally I think a big bridge to a tiny island looks pretty dumb.
Easiest and simple for one person to build the whole bridge would be the Jet float as they are modular and can easily be constructed.






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They use the jet float as a pier on a lake at the sub base where I work. I did not know the manfactures. Went to your link and sent them an e-mail. Bridge, ramp, or dock I am looking for cheapest, and something that functions. I would like to drive the lawnmower over cut and drive back. The jet float will last forever and if somehow damaged, sections can be replaced. Sounds good to me hope they put me in the ball park for a price.






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The original manufacturer was the Canadian military. I believe they sold the first molds to the molder and the rest is history. They are not that inexpensive but cheaper than a special metal bridge and near zero labor to install and up keep. I have not priced them in 15 years so can not even estimate.






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