The Nation’s Triathlon — EZ Dock Handles 3400 swimmers in less than 2 hours!

EZ Dock handles 3400 swimmers in less than 2 hours!

In 2006, the first Nation’s Triathlon took place in Washington, DC, with an ambitious goal: to become the largest, most organized and well-produced triathlon in the world.

Now in its third year, this stellar athletic event has partnered with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to become the first triathlon to help cure blood cancers: leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

On September 14 we attended the event and captured the following pictures which represented 3,400 participants in the first event of three – The Swim – 1.5K using the EZ Dock system for entering and existing the Potomac River.

Located between the Jefferson and Washington Memorials the swimmers entered the water and went North under the Memorial Bridge with active monitors in the water using kayaks, Washington DC Metropolitan Police Harbor Division, the DC Fire and EMS Departments, National Park Service and U.S. Coast Guard.

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Boater’s Church

Located near Richmond, VA – a new “wave” in Churches

Perhaps our most unusual application thus far…

This floating church is called “Boaters Church at The Dock” and is a ministry of Poplar Springs Baptist Church in Henrico, VA.

The church is floated from a private lake out into the James River for church services on Sunday. After services the church is floated back to its private lake until next week.

 

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Dragon Boats

Dragon Boat Races are increasing in popularity across the country. Teams have been increasing in number as well as competitive events

Since Sundays were a big day for boaters to be on the water there was a desire to have a place to meet for Sunday worship on the water. A local river was easily accessible that had a cove off the river where the floating system could be stored when not in use. There are obviously other potential uses for this floating platform such as meetings, weddings, etc.

Background

Dragon Boats trace their heritage back to war canoes and have increased in popularity as a competitive sport both here and abroad.

Basic Requirements

The optimal requirements for a dock system to launch and recover the boats are a dock that is strong enough to support hundreds of participants, stable when everyone is standing on one side boarding boats, light enough to move from location to location since events take place at different venues, and minimal maintenance.

Not only must the docks be light enough to easily transport but they should be modular to allow easy and quick assembly and also disassembly from the dock, not in the water.

Decision Point

EZ Dock is the system of choice since the dock system was lighter than any other available and easily assembled and removed. The entire floating platform is suctioned to the water’s surface due to the design of the dock sections which provides unmatched stability with everyone standing on one edge at one time.

A 10′ dock section can support 4,000 lbs so there is no limit to the number of people permitted on a dock at once other than standing room.

The only maintenance requirement is a power wash once in a while to bring the dock back to original condition. The dock has a life expectancy of 30 to 50 years. The anti-skid surface prevents slipping even in wet conditions. Environmentally the EZ Dock system surpassed all requirements since there is not treated wood, foam flotation or metal components.

Courtesy of EZ Dock Mid-Atlantic http://ezdockusa.com/

Yamaha Motor Corporation Dealer Meeting

Yamaha installed the EZ Dock System for the meeting pictured below on the Potomac River in Washington, DC. The floating dock system included a floating dock platform which supported changing rooms, a meeting room, docks for PWCs and boat slips for the Jet Boats.

The entire system was installed in two days and following the one week meeting removed for use at another meeting. The weight and modularity of the EZ Dock system provides the flexibility for quick and inexpensive installation and removal. Since the dock consists of 10′ dock sections the configuration can be changed completely to meet the next year’s requirements without discarding any dock section or accessory used previously.

Background

Yamaha Motor Corporation provides Yamaha Jet Boats and Personal Water Craft through an extensive Yamaha Dealer Network and hosts an annual meeting of all Yamaha Dealers once a year. Each year the meeting is held in a different location. The attendees are watercraft dealers located across the world who look forward to a review of the current season and the new product introductions for the next season. Test vehicles (boats and PWCs) are made available to the Dealers during this meeting, necessitating a facility with waterfront access. Typically these resort locations do not have docking services for boats and PWCs in the quantity required.

Basic Requirements

Yamaha PWCs use a jet drive propulsion system that collects water, pressurizes it and releases it serving as the drive system instead of the traditional propeller driven alternative. The jet drive system must be stored out of the water when not in use. Customers either trailer the watercraft using a boat ramp to launch and recover after use or they store the watercraft on floating dock systems or boat lifts.

Courtesy of EZ Dock Mid-Atlantic

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YMCA

YMCA’s across the country selected the EZ Dock System for their three lakes for a number of reasons, two of the most important were safety and cost. The EZ Dock system has no wood to cause splinters and no metal causing cuts, two problems associated with the use of wood or metal docks. The EZ Dock system is much less expensive due to the ability to leave them in the water year round as ice has no affect on the dock system. Previously the staff at the YMCA camp removed the docks each winter and installed them again the next Spring which was very costly as well as damaging to the dock system causing the need for repairs each year.

“Maintenance of our metal floating docks was causing major issues in our camp. Young campers were being cut and stitches were common. Every year we had to remove the docks before Winter and re-install them in the Spring. Not only was this very costly from a maintenance perspective, the docks were damaged in the process. EZ Dock remains in the water year round regardless of ice conditions. Since they only take 1″ of water to float they simply pop to the top and sit on top of the ice, it does not matter if we get 3′ of ice!”

YMCA of Greater NY, Huguenot, NY

 

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New fishing dock for Lion’s Park in Marshall, WI

“Ed Moe of EZ Dock was also a key player in the design and planning of the unique floating dock that will be installed.”

The fishing dock was a major driver of the entire park plan, according to Lion Mike Wildman.

“Currently there is not a safe fishing area for kids or adults at the park,” he said. “The new floating dock will provide 235 sq. ft. of recreation space right on the water. The dock will be ADA compliant and include a canoe/kayak launch. It is also expandable, if future use exceeds the planned capacity.”

Lions Roar for improvements to park.