I think the title says it all, don’t you??
Okay children, this week we have a cautionary tale for you. If you don’t want to be woken up in the middle of the night by your neighbour informing you that the dock you’re attached to is currently under water then you better watch this week’s video!
If you’d rather not, then this is what happened: one of our hoses somehow got tangled in the roller mechanism on the pile. As the tide came in, the floating dock rises with the water, remaining attached to the concrete piles via a set of rollers. If the rollers can’t, well, roll, then the dock becomes stuck and sinks with the rising tide. Which is what happened.
It was looking pretty dire for a while there, but then the planking started to snap. This sounds like a bad thing, and it kind of is, but on the upside it released the tension and allowed the majority of the dock to raise back to the surface. Had we been on a concrete dock, or a dock with a steel frame, it could have been disastrous. So, this is one argument for keeping marina docks low tech and made of nothing but planks of wood.
There’s still some damage to the planking, and we’ll have to move the boat so it can get properly repaired. but the power was restored to the pedestal in a surprisingly timely fashion so at least we have electricity.
In the meantime, we’ll be keeping a very close eye on our leads and hose pipes and hope that everyone reading this does too!