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Old 16 January 2023, 19:26   #1
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Cobb's Quay drystack

Hi all,

Just wanted to see what people's experiences are with the drystack at Cobb's quay. I'm on the waiting list and hoping to be able to use it from May this year.
I saw a thread about damage to a rib here 10 years ago... Think it was boristhebold with a cobra.
It's not got me a little worried. Hopefully you can put my mind at rest
I'm assuming they have learnt from it but just don't want our brand new boat to get the same treatment.
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Old 17 January 2023, 10:34   #2
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It's not got me a little worried.
That's meant to say 'It's got me a little worried'
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I'm the dinghy sailing world despite close quarters racing, most damage happens in the dinghy park or launching and recovering.

You have a few choices when it comes to your boat:

* Swing mooring: pita, exposed, fouling.
* Marina: fouling, friction damage, used as bumpers by Wafi
* Dry stack: risks of damage during launch / recovery
* Driveway: risks of damage during launch/recover, damage from trailing, launch / prep takes up your time, may be the least secure

Clearly if a dry stack is negligent that's a worry. But they'd be out of business if that was the case. Stuff goes wrong occasionally with everything. It's how it's resolved that matters
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I've never yet had any issues with Cobbs, can be a bit of a queue at peak times in peak months, but I'm sure that's the same with all dry stacks given the limited bandwidth and time per boat taken to launch/recover.

As above, obviously the occasional damage/issue can happen, but that's the same as anything, e.g. occasionally a yacht gets accidentally dropped from a Wise lift, a support cradle collapses, tractor drives into a yacht on the hard, etc. I've seen those happen in various places, but only once!
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An alternative that works for me is a drive on dock at a marina.
boat out of the water, 24/7 access, no notice needed, able to do jobs on the boat at any time, no lifting up & down....

May be something to consider?
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An alternative that works for me is a drive on dock at a marina.

boat out of the water, 24/7 access, no notice needed, able to do jobs on the boat at any time, no lifting up & down....



May be something to consider?

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Love my drive on! It's awesome! (And a lot cheaper than dry stack)
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Thanks for the replies guys. Never really considered a drive on dock...will look into them...any decent brand/ ones to avoid??
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Versadock, Aqauadock and Wardle Marine Services are all decent [emoji106]
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And tetradock!
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Purchasing a drive on dock new is quite expensive but if you wait around they come up for sale second hand quite frequently and then they are a bargain. I see more and more drive on docks in marina's now and it would definitely be worth looking at.
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Can't complain about my Tetradock - great service from John.
Yes it is a capital investment, but will pay back.
You also have flexibility to spec the dock to your needs.
Worth considering - as long as you can find a suitable marina berth - check that availability before placing an order for a dock!
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Can't complain about my Tetradock - great service from John.
Yes it is a capital investment, but will pay back.
You also have flexibility to spec the dock to your needs.
Worth considering - as long as you can find a suitable marina berth - check that availability before placing an order for a dock!
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Hi LT
I'm contemplating a Tetradock for my RC585. May I ask what size dock you have for yours? And do you have any extras like pump-up buoyancy?
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Ref post no.4

Having to wait to be launched at any dry stack just seems like bad management to me. If we have X number of boats to launch/recover by 11am and we don't think we can achieve that in normal working hours, we simply start earlier or finish later.

Certainly around here, most dry stack prices are similar to a marina birth; so a drive-on dock is not a cost saving answer and you have the cost of purchasing the drive-on dock.

But not everything works for everyone, so whatever you choose; enjoy your boating
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