Thanks for taking my call yesterday and allowing me to share my compliment – and concern – regarding my Hewitt dock. As I mentioned, I purchased my 144’ dock new from an area dealer three years ago. When I bought it the dealer cautioned me to be aware that the permanently-attached deck could be a liability in the wintertime, and to prevent too much snow accumulating on it. However, they never mentioned the risk of a different situation that I now understand all too well – that during a windstorm the deck can function like an airplane wing and simply take off.
When I pull my dock out in the fall, I break it into two sections (80’ and 64’) and position them side-by-side on the beach. On March 7, the Twin Cities area (I live in Chisago City) experienced severe winds gusting up to 65mph, and I looked out my window to see that the 64’ section had become airborne. The dock evidently flew up over the adjacent dock section, landing on my boat lift and throwing it over on its side. Here are two photos of the end result:
This past Saturday, we got a group of friends and neighbors over to attempt detangling the dock from the lift. Here’s the compliment: once we got the dock down off the lift, we were amazed to see that there was virtually no damage to it… just two bent poles and a couple of dings in the bottom rail. Very impressive! Seeing no issues with the 64’ section, we decided to go ahead and put the dock in the water.
In summary, I want to compliment Hewitt on the integrity and strength of your docks; I doubt that many other brands of dock could have stood up to this situation and come away without major damage. On the other hand, I would recommend that Hewitt also warn prospective purchasers of the risk posed by high winds. I would suggest owners of Hewitt docks take precautionary measures including lowering the dock to its minimum height when out of the water, and either weighting the dock down or anchoring it securely with stakes pounded into the ground.
Let me know if you have questions or would like any additional photos, and thanks again for your interest in my story.
All the best,
10607 Green Lake Trail
Chisago City, MN 55013
Phone: (507) 225-3421
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709 Old Hwy 14, Nicollet MN 56074
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