Have you been waiting for the right time to install a new boat dock?
When was the last time your dock got a makeover?
2024 is officially here! What better time to start planning a new or improved dock than the month of new beginnings?
For those who are installing for the first time, a boat dock design might seem really technical and complicated, but there aren’t too many differences between a boat dock and a backyard deck. If you’ve tackled a DIY project like that before, you probably already have the knowledge you need to build your own boat dock.
For those who already own a dock, whether it’s a wreck or you’re just ready for a fresh look, you have a decision to make: replace the entire thing, or make repairs and upgrades.
No matter your dock situation, these research and planning tips should help you get started:
Researching Your Boat Dock Options
Before beginning your design, you’re going to want to consider a few things about your future dock:
- Installation - DIY vs. Professional: Are you planning on installing the dock yourself or hiring a professional to install? Adding multiple features to your dock can make DIY installation a little more difficult. Be sure to take this into account when designing your boat dock.
- Demand: Make sure you know the demands of your space! Design your boat dock based on purpose, climate, and weather. It may be that a dock feature you love isn’t really suitable for your property or the main purpose of the dock.
- Features: Be well read when it comes to boat dock features so you can include everything you want! You’ll need to think about the type of dock (aluminum, wood, or vinyl), lighting, seating, slips, platforms, and more.
- Future Use: Consider what’s in store for future use of your dock, not just what you’re using it for today. If you’re using quality boat dock parts in your design, the dock will be around for many years to come. Leave room for a growing family or expanding fleet in your plans.
Planning Your Dock Design
Before shopping for components, make sure you take the time to plan your design. Consider materials like wood, extruded vinyl, or aluminum dock sections.
Other factors to keep in mind are:
- The location of your dock (what are the bottom conditions?)
- The depth of water around the dock (this decides pole heights)
- Any local town or municipal coding requirements
- The average number of boats that will be anchored to the dock if any
- The size of your dock (be sure to stay within the space your property allows)
Getting the size of your dock can be frustrating if you have to measure several times, but you’re in luck! We’ve got our own dock design tool that you can use to get a quote!
Learn More About Dock Design and Manufacturing
Ready to start the new year with a new dock?