Hi my favorite readers! Having recently returned from an interesting boating adventure, I thought it would be worthy to share some insightful information to help others. It involves floating boat ramps and tides. Please pardon any improper usage of nautical terms and oversimplification of this complex topic. I’m still trying to figure out this entire area. It’s totally foreign to me. I’ll give it my best…
Anyways, I learned about tides and how they affect the angle of floating ramps. Ramps are the access point onto the docks. The lower the tide, the greater the angle of the ramp. The greater the angle, the steeper the ascent or descent. More pressure is put on the knees and legs. And, I must admit, on the mental stress level.
The ramps are attached to the docks. As I previously mentioned, for this story, I’m talking about floating boat docks. These docks are affected by changing tides. Floating boat docks change heights as the tide changes. Dock components include the deck, frame, and floats. The deck is the portion you walk on. The frame supplies the structural support. The floats provide the buoyancy factor needed to keep you dry. That’s very simplified, yet helpful.
Now…let’s image the angle of ascent or descent due to tide changes. Picture a clock with hands on the 12 and 6. This will provide a straight vertical line, known in angle terms as 90 degrees. Halfway between this point – on the right side – will be 3. Move the lower portion of the line from 6 to 3 and you get a 45 degree. A 45 degree angle provides a perfect walking atmosphere. No stress, elevation or decline. Just ease.
Next…take that 45 degree hand and move it closer to the 90 degree line. There will be angles ranging from 46 to 89. Depending upon the tide, that is amount of descent or ascent you will experience while walking the ramp.
To put this into a real-life perspective, our trip involved a negative tide of -2. I don’t understand how that ties into ramp angles in technical terms…but I sure do know how it worked in real-life. YIKES!!!!!!!!!!! It’s a good thing there were sturdy rails. That’s all I’ve got to say. That angle would make the perfect slide scenario. Come to think of it…that would be fun!
My first exposure to floating docks was during high tide. It was a wonderful, yet interesting, ascent and descent to and from my final boat destination. Walking the ramp was no big deal. It was at about 50 degree angle. Nice. I thought it would always be like that. WRONG!!!!!!
For those tkr folk among us, I suggest walking backwards during low tide periods. It would give the hamstrings a great workout. There would be minimal stress on the knee and knee cap area. I wish I would have remembered that during my experience. So…now you know.
Hopefully this has helped others going through the same thing.
End of floating boat ramp saga..
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