Oyster Float

Oyster Float for Oyster Garden or Oyster Gardening or Oyster Aquaculture

Oyster Lodge oyster float

Oyster Lodge oyster float in water for over 17 months and wire mesh clear of algae growth with no cleaning!  Over 3 1/2 inch oysters!

The incredible Oyster Lodge has no Equal!       It comes with a Triple Guarantee. 

Up to 1,000 FREE Oysters are provided when Oyster Lodges are purchased.

We like to call it the “Set It And Forget It” Oyster Lodge.

If you want to start a Maryland or Virginia oyster garden or become an Maryland or Virginia oyster gardener this is the float for you for Maryland or Virginia oyster gardening. With the Oyster Lodge, you can raise your own oysters, farm raise oysters, do oyster research, join an oyster forum, write an oyster float review, become knowledgeable on dock raised oysters or slip raised oysters.

Maintenance- There is none required!   With any other oyster aquaculture design, maintenance is a big headache. You have to haul it, drag it, or lift it out of the water, then scrub and scrape off the algae, barnacles, etc. or you have to flip it regularly.  All those are messy, and can be most strenuous.  As the oysters grow the whole assembly just gets heavier and heavier making it harder and harder.

The Incredible Oyster Lodge can be Virtually No Maintenance “Set It And Forget It

  • No Hauling
  • No Lifting
  • No Dragging
  • No Flipping
  • No Scrubbing
  • No Scraping
  • No Dunking
  • No Hosing
  • No Worrying

Description, Dimensions and Materials:  

We use only the world’s highest quality commercial grade materials to manufacture the Oyster lodge. Almost everything is made right here in the U.S. A. The durable, self-cleaning, highly capacity, compact, low profile Oyster Lodge with float measures only about 3’ x 4’.  The Oyster Lodge can be easily tucked out of the way into the unused corner of a boat slip; empty dock space; or even tucked under the dock.

These Oyster Lodges start life as 16 Gauge Welded Wire Mesh, which is then dip galvanized, then UV Resistant PVC coated.  The mesh openings are ½ inch and the unit has a built in full length 7″ door.  The custom cut commercial grade Wire Mesh is hand fastened with High Grade Stainless Steel Hog Rings to our own thick, custom molded solid HPDE End Caps.  Durable white commercial grade 6” PVC pipe and fittings are precisely hand cut, then solvent welded together to form a protective rounded rectangular float. The 6″ PVC pipe floatation provides 151 lbs of flotation (130 lbs after subtracting the barrel weight) for the Oyster Lodge oysters in the top 18″ of the water column where food is most abundant.  The magical  “Tide Driver” is made of  High Grade commercial Stainless Steel wire that has been PVC coated,  , then cast into a custom cast concrete weight and then swaged.
No sharp edges are on the PVC float when installed, making it safe around boats.  

For a limited time only, we are providing free PVC retaining poles and retaining rings for no extra charge.  Please see our “Services” page.

The oysters live within the top 18″ of the water column where the food is most abundant.  The oysters just happily clean the water day and night.   The oysters provide homes for  baby shrimp, baby crabs, baby fish and a host of other embryonic life that just love to be in the clean water surrounding the oysters.

YOU CAN PURCHASE WITH ASSURANCE- You have zero financial risk.

Your Triple Guarantee:

1st- Chesapeake River Restoration provides a Unconditional 100% Money Back Guarantee to all Maryland Residents.  The company is Licensed, Bonded and Insured for your assurance.

2nd– Maryland State Form 502CR “CREDIT FOR AQUACULTURE OYSTER FLOAT” (page 2 Part D 1.) Guarantees you get 100% of your money back instantly, when you file your Maryland Income Taxes, if you have Maryland Taxable income over $11,632 and you file the form properly.  (it’s easy) (See our Tax Credit page for details) We do not offer tax advice. (This second guarantee  is available only to Maryland Residents)

3rd– For Non Maryland Residential Waterfront Homeowners, we provide a 30 day, 100% Money Back Guarantee.

Oyster Inspection-

Everyone wants to peek in on your oysters and see how they are doing every so often, especially young students, children and grandchildren.  There are many ways  to easily do this.  One easy method is to bring the float to shore using the tide driver line, then flip the float over so the float can get right into ankle depth water by the shore for easy oyster inspection. A second way is to  relocate the oyster float at high tide to the shore and secure it while waiting for low tide.  Then check in on the oysters when the tide is lower.  Jet Ski lifts are also very handy to use.Another method is to go down beside the float in the water in a boat or raft.  Below is a new, very easy method to lift your oyster lodge up to the dock if you or your neighbor has a boat lift.   Optimal method for your location can be discussed at time of installation.

Simple twin Oyster Lodges lift using existing boat lift easily made with 2 items commonly available from local Hardware store.

Simple twin Oyster Lodges lift using existing boat lift easily made with 2 items commonly available from local Hardware store.

Buoyancy Testing

One Oyster Lodge has the same float capacity as a typical large Taylor float that is 3 times the size of a Oyster Lodge!  You can have triple the buoyancy and triple the oysters in the same space as one 4’x10′ Taylor float made of 4″ PVC pipe and joints  That’s triple the natural oyster water cleaning power!  Why is this important? Maryland only allows oyster gardeners 60 Sq. Ft.

Below is a buoyancy picture comparison between one 4’x10′ typical 4″ PVC large Taylor oyster float and an Oyster Lodge. Joints were all double sealed on both devices to ensure no water entry into floats.

Typical 4' x 10' Taylor oyster float frame made of 4" PVC pipe with about 151 lbs of test weight capacity.

Typical 4′ x 10′ large Taylor oyster float frame made of 4″ PVC pipe with about 151 lbs of test weight capacity.  Cumbersome to handle!

Note: Exact same weight testing platform and bucket are used to ensure equal comparison.

Compact Oyster Lodge frame with same buoyancy as pictured 4'x10' 4" PVC Taylor float frame!

Compact Oyster Lodge frame with same buoyancy as 4’x10′ 4″ PVC Taylor float frame!

You can have triple the buoyancy and triple the oysters in the same space as one 4'x10' Taylor float!

You can have triple the buoyancy and triple the oysters in the same space as one 4’x10′ Taylor float!  That’s triple the natural oyster water cleaning power! MD. only allows 60 Sq.Ft.

 Durability Testing:

As you can see we have used only the finest materials available to withstand the harsh salt water environment.   These durable, self-cleaning, highly capacity, compact, low profile floating Oyster Lodges are attached to the dock via two vertical  PVC pipes and attachment rings. No appreciable wear was detected after a 10 year durability test which utilized 110 lbs. of mature oyster shells (see below pictures).  

Durability Testing.

Durability Testing.  See how high the float is floating with 110 lbs of oyster shells!

110 lbs of test oysters

110 lbs of test oysters

The Oyster Lodge will work wherever the salinity is 5 parts per 1000.  I have a salinity testing kit to check your location to see if oysters will grow where you are  located.  Below are but some of the places oysters can grow.  Prince Georges County, Charles County, St. Mary’s County, Calvert County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Hartford County, Kent County, Queen Anne’s County, Talbot County, Dorchester County , Wicomico County, Somersat County, Worchester County as well as Virginia and North Carolina.

The Oyster Lodge will work on the Chesapeake Bay and the following rivers.  Port Tobacco River , Wicomico River , St. Mary’s River , Patuxent River , West River , South River , Severn River , Magothy River , Patapsco River , Back River , Middle River , Gunpowder River , Bush River , Sassafras River , Chester River , Corsica River , Wye River , Wye East River , Miles River , Tred Avon River , Choptank River , Little Choptank River , Blackwater River , Transquaking River, Chicamacomico River, Honga River, Nanticoke River, Wicomico River, Manokin River , Big Annemessex River , Pocomoke River , Saint Martin River and the rivers of Virginia and North Carolina

The Oyster Lodge will work in the following Maryland local zip codes, Virginia and North Carolina. If you can’t find your zip code it is because we became weary of entering them.  So give us a call and we will pull up your address in Google and see if you have sufficient water salinity.

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