Advice on Raft/barge/ferry from lumberyard material for occasional 6 mile trip

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  1. gonzo
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    This is new information. There is no way you can get even close to those rates with what you propose.
     
  2. Randall Brower
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    I mentioned it in one of the novel-like replys. The problem is that the freight has to be hauled to Nenana AK which is one hour one way so you've got that delivery charge, or half of your day to deliver it to the barging company. And you dont know for sure when they are going to bring it to you. Last year I had a large order for the school that didnt go out for a month because the first few trips were full. So even outside of the price per pound there is the convenience of driving into to town to get what you need and coming right back with it. And if a piece of heavy equipment is down because the 2000lb engine has to be rebuilt, then we need something that we can put a 2000lb chunk of metal on.
     
  3. Randall Brower
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    There's not much risk of grounding it because from one shore you go straight out to the channel until you get to the next shore where you drive straight in. You don't put your boat anywhere but the main channel because the sandbars are constantly moving except in the deep channel in the middle of the river.
     
  4. Rumars
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    Whiskey, vodka & Co. can be pumped. IBC in the truck, IBC in the boat, 12V transfer pump. The customer can bring their own empty bottle to the store for a refill.
    Beer can be brewed on site, no need to haul the water, just the dry components. Empty clean bottles to be returned to the store, otherwise no beer.
     
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  5. gonzo
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    Your risk assessment does not seem realistic. You will run aground.
     
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    Fanie did a folding cat thread several years back. Check his design. It is excellent.
     
  7. bajansailor
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    Hoyte, can you give us a link to this thread please, if you can find it reasonably easily?
     
  8. hoytedow
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    The thread name is
    Boxy Fisher Catamaran
     
  9. hoytedow
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    Sorry I can't link it directly with these thumbs and this phone.
     
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    Check recent posts and you will find it there.
     
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  12. Randall Brower
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    Ok, so this post has nothing to do with boats. Its just an interesting tidbit of life on the Yukon if you are interested.

    Thanks for the laugh. As for the water, half the villages 175 full time residents are not connected to the city's water supply so they get their water from the Yukon in the winter and from natural springs in the summer. Of course the city has a water treatment plant and we have nice newer houses with all the amenities of the lower 48, but not all of the residents choose to live like that. Many have outhouses they use year round, even when it's -40 and lower. The city has a washeteria/laundromat for public use. So those that live up the mountain in what is referred to as "a dry cabin" can come down and take showers, wash clothes, fill their water tanks and go back up the mountain to their small cabin with wood fired heaters and an incredible view. Yes, the reality shows are true, lots of people choose to live like that. Some just take 5 gallon buckets with a spigot and put it beside the sink but most have an indoor water tank and a pump system so they have all of the amenities of indoor plumbing, its just that the water comes from a tank they continually refill. You see this on Yukon Men (which was filmed here) and other Alaska based reality TV shows. So the really interesting tidbit is that the the Yukon is a muddy nasty mess in the summer, but when its -30 or so, all of the sediment freezes and falls to the bottom. Its crystal clear and tastes great. No chlorine taste, just pure water.
     
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  13. Rumars
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    You may laugh but I was serious. Hauling packaging like glass bottles is inefficient. You can buy spirits in bulk packaging and sell it on tap.
    Keeping your residents in fresh beer all year round is a part time job for a single person, modern extract brewing makes it easy. Instead of hauling one gallon of beer plus bottles one can transport one pound of dry extract and a few oz of hops, all in plastic bags. A brewpub licence from the state is 500$/biannual, and you are legal.
     
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  14. Randall Brower
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    Oh, ok. Thanks. I love the idea but it just wouldn't work here. Im not going to bore you with why.
     
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