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Weeds by Dock - Am I crazy to park my boat here for a week??


mtnbkr738

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Hi All,

We are heading up to Northern Minnesota to stay at a cabin on a great little lake. The lake is plenty deep and should be alot of fun.

The area around the dock at the cabin (similar to photo shown) is full of Lilly pads. The fishing boat thats there is hardly used so the lilly pads grow pretty thick.

QUESTION: Will i get my my Malibu in and out of this area by the dock? Ive never had an inboard in a weedy area. Again, its plenty deep at the end of the dock (4 feet deep), but i dont know if weeds are going to over take the prop every time i come in and go out.

I guess I could snorkel around the dock with some hedge clippers the first day and clear a path...(???) anyone ever do that?

ANY ideas or suggestions or warnings for me to stay away from this dock??? I dont have to bring the boat.. but sure would be fun.

Thanks for your input!!!

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Weed_Shear_Lake_Rake.jpg.e9660bf78100d16You do not want to drive through that.  What is below the lilly pads ... you do not want to suck crap into your impeller..

I have a razor that would cut through that.  It has an metal pole which then goes into a Y which is razor sharp.  That would cut the pads and weeds below.

Could you put the boat back on the trailer at the end of the day?

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I dont mind trailing it-- but ill be going back to the dock all day picking up the kids etc etc.

Did that weedRazor work well??... or an all day project to clear a path??

thx!

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2 hours ago, MalibuNation said:

Weed_Shear_Lake_Rake.jpg.e9660bf78100d16You do not want to drive through that.  What is below the lilly pads ... you do not want to suck crap into your impeller..

I have a razor that would cut through that.  It has an metal pole which then goes into a Y which is razor sharp.  That would cut the pads and weeds below.

Could you put the boat back on the trailer at the end of the day?

Weed_Shear_Lake_Rake.jpg

The weedrazer is a great solution for this.  We use this frequently and it will cut through those lillypads with ease.  You just toss it out into the weeds, let it sink, and pull it back to you.  The weeds float to the surface. 

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From the pic it will take some work ... hard to tell with out being there. It would give the kids something to do.

Could the boat in the pic help you chop up the weeds?

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that pic is not actual photo, but similar. yes our small fishing boat could maybe drag the rake

my boys would probably like the "project"... Hmmm... starting to feel like Huck Finn and the whitewashed fence...

LOL.

thx!

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5 hours ago, oldjeep said:

Couple times in and out with the boat and it'll be fine. We run through those around my inlaws dock all the time. Little power reverse to clear the prop.

Me too. Start a path. Watch your temp like a hawk. If you lift it up each day, check out the strainer for awhile. Went thru that kinda growth thru at least 10 promo boats. 

Ski.

Steve B.

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We made a rectangular frame out of unistrut that was about 3' by 4' tied to two tube ropes at the corners.  we would throw it into the weeds and let it sink then pull with the boat.  When we stopped we had two kids pull it onto the platform.            It cleared very well for a redneck tool.

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just make sure you know the dnr rules/laws. You are allowed to keep a path open, but if you start wholesale harvesting every lily pad in the vicinity you could get yourself or the property owner in hot water.

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We had lily pads at the place I grew up on in Minnesota. We would use snorkel gear and long knives and just cut them down. Hardest part was throwing them into the woods without getting ticks and mosquitos. 

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Just pop it in and out a couple times and coast through them.  Get out a little deeper and check your prop if you feel any vibrations.  We usually have to do this at the end of the season once the weeds have grown. 

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