Sorry I haven’t responded. I never got an email that anybody had replied to this post.
Anyway, I plan on building a barge out of a modular dock system like Versadock or Jetfloat. That’s why everything is kind of not planned out because I can literally build this thing in a couple days and i heard Mexico isn’t very regulated.
The plan is to build it down in Cabo and have concerts on it for spring break. In late March to early April I will probably dismantle it.
The reason I want to get it registered is because I would like to have concerts on the same type of setup in the USA and a marine engineer that I’ve been talking to said that it will be difficult to get something like that registered as a barge in the USA. He recommended building it in Mexico and bringing back photos and videos of it in use, so that he can present it to the US Coast Guard and other authorities for approval.
I just discovered on the Versadock website the other day that they actually have experience with their customers getting their docks registered as a vessel, so I’m feeling much more optimistic. Here’s the link http://www.versadock.com/faq-home.htm
From the website:
[li][B]Do I need permits?[/B] It depends on the area. In most cases your VersaDock system is considered a temporary structure and may not require a permit. It really depends on your local regulations.[/li]
In Florida there is a state statute that exempts most floating docks used as floating vessel platforms but there are certain requirements to be met. While this is a Florida Statute, we have been advised by Pinellas county in Florida that a Permit is required and need to advise you accordingly.
[li][B]Can I register the dock as a boat or barge?[/B][/li]Yes. Many customers have registered their VersaDock systems as both motorized and non-motorized boats and barges. This sometimes simplifies local requirements.
I don’t know about you, but I have never seen a modular dock being used as a boat in the USA… I really hope it actually can be registered.
General Specs of the barge I’m building----[/B]
[li]Aprox 50’X100’[/li][li]Pushed by a boat which is tightly secured into the V channel in the Versadock. I’ve heard that since the barge will not have propulsion of its own there are less hoops to jump through. Pushing it with a boat will supposedly simplify things.[/li][li]Sand on the surface- maybe 3-4 inches deep[/li][li]Potted Palm trees[/li][li]A tiki bar- made out of lightweight stuff- bamboo, palm leaf roof, etc[/li][li]Music[/li][li]Hot babes[/li][li]Wet tee shirts![/li][li]Etc etc.[/li][/ul]
This photos shows how it can be pushed by a boat. The boat just needs to be secured really well.
I’m sure I’ll need some of the less exciting things too like life vests, life boats, safety lights, flairs, horns, etc.
After spring break I plan on taking it to the west side of Baja into the rough water to see how much abuse it can take (with no passengers of course). This will be the true test of how flexible and resilient it can be. I’ll probably test different configurations too.
Given all the information i just gave you do you think I will need to get it inspected by the authorities and get it registered?
I still need to research business license, permits, insurance, liquor license too, but I can do that on my own.
Its these boat rules and regs which are so difficult to understand!!
I’ll probably be heading down to Cabo in a week (February 1st), then buy a motorboat, get the dock shipped to me, put it together in the water, then anchor it here when its not in use: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=103511526236294119583.00047dcee7068da489df3&t=h&z=19
I’m under a huge time crunch, so I appreciate all the help you guys are giving me. Oh, and you know you guys are invited. There may even be some free booze waiting for you!