Floating Dock Options
Virtually every aesthetic aspect or functional capability of our floating docks has a number of options. Since providing a “full list” would prove exhaustive for this application, the following items have been highlighted in an effort to offer a sample of customizable areas available on our products. Additional items can be seen on our Portfolio page.
Our standard decking material for all floating docks, fishing piers, and wave attenuators is pressure treated No. 1 southern yellow pine, graded “clear or better”. Typically reserved by mills for furniture production (prior to treating), this lumber is free of virtually all knots, wane, sap pockets, etc. and requires almost no maintenance throughout its life. When a more exotic look is desired, hardwoods with a darker hue such as Ipe complement the golden tones of southern yellow pine framing quite nicely. Composites such as those manufactured by Trex®, Timbertech®, and Azek® as well as newly introduced Kebonized lumber offer an environmentally friendly alternative, while still offering the same rich color palette of exotic hardwoods.
Rubstrakes & Bumper
Creating a buffer between boat and dock is an essential component of any mooring face to prevent either from being damaged. In accordance with our standard specification, vertical timber rubstrakes (referred to as fenders) are installed along the sidewalls of our floating docks. Fenders are typically composed of 6” x 6” lumber and can be produced in varying heights (Note: Certain circumstances may necessitate downsizing to a 4” x 4” material). If the look of fenders does not appeal, they may be omitted in favor of either vinyl or canvas deck edge bumper, or bumper strips may also be applied to the lakeward face of fenders for maximum protection.
Demand for electrical service, potable water, sanitary pump out, fuel, etc. is growing in today’s marine environment. With turnkey installations from design to service and support, our floating docks are quite capable supporting a wide array of utility systems. Dock-mounted power pedestals are specifically tailored to suit the individual needs of any given project, and act as an access point for modern day creature comforts. In an effort to simplify annual system maintenance, hatches are placed at service locations for easy access below deck. Said hatches are composed of the elected decking material so as to provide and “uninterrupted” look and maintain clean lines.
The “proper” freeboard is generally a function of the type and size of craft primarily using a facility. Although 18" and 24" cover the vast majority of boating needs, our floating docks can be constructed to achieve virtually any freeboard to meet the needs of large cruisers and small paddleboats alike. When circumstances necessitate a varying freeboard height on an individual pier, incorporating a fixed slope (pictured left) provides a smooth and even transition.
Whether fixed or floating, a number of options may be incorporated into the dock, augmenting functionality and improving the overall boating experience. Cleats, storage boxes, corner wheels, and swim ladders, represent a cross-section of commonly elected dockage accents. Cleats are offered in 15", 10", or smaller sizes depending on the intended application. Storage 'dock boxes' are available in both wood and composite forms, and varying sizes. Corner 'bumper' wheels offer increased protection to a vessel's hull from anchorage piles when operating in close quarters or windy conditions. Swim ladders (either Southern Yellow Pine or aluminum) can turn any dock into an ideal swimming location. Although not commonly chosen, ball bearing turn tables have been used in a number of applications as "turn around" areas for golf-carts.