I found out about these from a neighbor and my wife and I were looking to do something for our pond. We priced out building a wooden dock as well as something metal. The wood route was definitely the cheapest, but once we started thinking about the maintenance side of things we began to reconsider. Afterall we were looking to get something for the kids, and the thought of splinters and rusty nails was a huge snag. Next on the list was metal, which was actually priced higher per square foot than the 11 ft. X 11 ft. platform that we found on overstock. We got the quote from a local dock builder and were told that the material was aluminum which would hold up better than wood. However we thought about the fact that our kids weren't going to be wearing shoes when using the swim platform and knowing how hot our summers can get the idea of the sun baking down on the metal didn't sit too well with either of us. We decided to give the dock blocks a shot and I can honestly say we have been thrilled about the purchase. We were able to put them together in little over an hour and our kids were jumping off the thing the same day! So far I have only had to hose them down and scrub them on the sides and they look just like they did the day they were delivered. I am already thinking about adding another row for the spring.
I was afraid to buy this paddle because it didn't have any reviews but I am very happy I did. It is basically the same as a paddle you can pay a lot more for at an outdoor store. The only problem is that the drip rings aren't great but otherwise it is a great paddle.
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