Well today I took delivery of my Versadock. 5 pallet loads were delivered to the slipway at Port Solent. At first I was a tad concerned there was too much, but the installation guys assured me all was ok.
Anyway we started building the system at the slipway at Port Solent, when we were suddenly aware of 4 Gobby 8-10 year old kids climbing all over the floats, then they thought it funny to start walking over the line of floats that were assembled and just touching the water. We politely asked them to leave the stuff alone and get off the dock, to be told by one of the little girls to F*ck off you can't make us, which then followed loads of verbal abuse from them. Next thing they decided to push the floats into the water, and as quick as we could get them out the little F*ckers thru them in and with an off shore wind blowing they quickly floated away from the shore, which meant we got quite wet retrieving them.
SO, seeing as we could not control them and did not dare touch the little sods, had no choice other than to call the Police, who eventually turned up, took down the names and told them to go away. The Police Lady came down to us and advised us to get as much floating as possible as it was very lightly they would turn up again and there would be a lot more of them. So what started off as a 3 hour assembly ended up being an all day affair, we piled as many as we could onto what we had built, towed it over to Port Solent Marina and assembled it on the water, which increased the install time by 5-6 hrs as the whole idea was to build it on the slipway and float it off and straight onto my mooring.
I have to say it is brilliant system, boat goes up and onto it easily, my concerns were that the nose would rise really high then drop forward, but that is not the case, simply nudge the nose into place, apply a little throttle which pushes water up onto the dock, then a quick blast and up and out she pops, getting the rib off is easier, just a sharp blast backwards, then you end up engaging forward drive to brake the speed in which the rib glides off, as engaging reverse sends a load of water under the rib freeing the rib from the dock. Genius.