Charleston Launch Ramp Dock Upgrades

This summer (2018) , Port staff will be working to repair the launch ramp docks, which are used for temporary dockage at the Charleston Marina launch ramp.  The launch ramp is used exclusively by recreational fishermen and boaters. 

Currently, the docks have dry rot damage that will compromise their viability soon if they are not repaired.  The last significant project to improve the docks took place in 2007, repairing concrete on the ramp itself.  Prior to that, a significant dock repair project was completed in the 1980's to refurbish the dock structures.  After 30 years, the docks have reached their end of their useful life and require extensive repair. 

“Infrastructure upgrades are important in ensuring a great visitor experience for recreational fishermen and boaters in the Charleston Marina,” says John Buckley, Charleston Marina Harbormaster. “Upgrading the launch ramps will extend their usage life and ensure customers can travel safely in and out of the marina.”

The project will include repairs to three sections of the launch ramp docks.  Port staff will utilize Aluminum Channel to wrap dock pods to reinforce the existing failing wood structure to repair the docks. Additional repairs will include replacement of rub boards, hinge pins, sockets and miscellaneous fasteners.

The project is anticipated to be completed in fall 2018. Partial funding was provided by the Oregon State Marine Board Boating Facility Grant Program, investing fees and taxes paid by motorized boaters for boating facility improvements. The Port would like to thank the Oregon State Marine Board for their funding support.

Staff estimate that the current dock structures have approximately two to three years remaining before they will be unusable.  However, the completion of this project will extend the life of the launch ramp docks to five to seven years.   

On August 9th, after 3 weeks of work, the Charleston Maintenance crew successfully repaired the southernmost launch ramp floating dock and reinstalled all the sections, once again making it available for recreational boaters.  The rebuilt dock pods were refitted with extruded aluminum versus the pressure treated wood that was previously used; making the dock pods stronger and more resistant to inclement weather.