Floating Wave Attenuators
One of the most critical factors of marina planning and design is determining the project location's exposure to wind and waves. Riprap, sheet pile, or other fixed break walls most commonly offer protection from this "exposure," however when site conditions (such as water depth) disallow such a structure, floating wave attenuators offer an attractive alternative by creating a sheltered basin for floating docks and vessels moored within.
Although typically characterized by a higher freeboard, FDS wave attenuators bear an "above water" resemblance to our floating docks. As a result, these products share a number customizable options such as decking, fenders, and bumper as identified on our Floating Docks product page. However, given that their primary purpose is to absorb and dissipate forces from driving waves, they are a fundamentally different structure.
The "industry standard" ideology of a wave attenuator typically combines extreme structure weight with a very aggressive anchorage system. Our unique design differs from this format in that internal chambers actually use water itself as the breaking mechanism. That being said, our version of this product is certainly not to be considered "light-duty," as indicated by the monolithic attenuator section (which is one of many that will be linked together) loaded onto a semi-tractor trailer.
The proper application for a floating wave attenuator is virtually always dictated by project-specific parameters. Depending on such "parameters," wave attenuators may be used as standalone units or integrated as a part of the entire floating dock system. In a "standalone" format, sections may be joined together (thus creating a continuous break wall structure), or used independently in staggered rows. When connected directly to a dock, the wave attenuator often creates additional dockage space by enclosing a slip or providing broadside mooring areas.