By Dominik Lobkowicz
Camp Kieve Maintenance Supervisor Walter Bickerson (right) and employee Robert McDaniel start their cruise across the lake with 12 new floats for the camp. (D. Lobkowicz photo)
Ron Jones (left) and Doug Perry work to connect two floats as part of a new dock for Camp Kieve as Ava, the dog, looks on. (D. Lobkowicz photo)
Two outboards-turned-tug hauled a dozen new floats across Damariscotta Lake May 12 to serve as a new dock for Camp Kieve in Nobleboro.
The twelve 8-by-10-foot sections of float were built by Bunker Hill Property Management and Carpentry, owned by Ron Jones.
Jones, who has been building docks and floats for about 40 years, said, “This is biggest one we’ve ever done or been asked to do.”
The dock will measure 960 square feet in total. “It’s filled my entire yard full,” he said.
With styrofoam-filled plastic tubs for buoyancy, the floats have a pressure-treated wooden frame and feature PVC decking so there are no splinters and no maintenance needed, Jones said.
The dock is shaped like a letter T, with six floats in line out to a two-by-three assembly of the other floats.
“They had this designed on paper, and I took it from there and made it all work,” he said.
Jones and his crew worked for most of the morning May 12 to haul the sections down to the public boat landing in Jefferson and assemble them for transport.
Walter Bickerson, Camp Kieve’s maintenance supervisor, and Robert McDaniel, one of the camp’s maintenance workers, came over on two boats to haul the assembled dock across the lake.
According to Bickerson, the new floats are essentially a slightly larger replacement for the camp’s old floats.
“Camp has just gotten larger than the old dock was able to provide for,” Bickerson said.
Bickerson said the last figure he heard for the cost of the floats was around $32,000.
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