DIY Boat Docks: What You Need to Know

Posted by Alumi-Span Docks on 4/30/2019
Whether you’ve owned your lakefront property for years or are a new buyer, a boat dock is an important part of your lifestyle.

Your boat dock gets a lot of use whether it’s at your summer cabin or your year-round home! Swimming, fishing, and boating… the quality of your boat dock can really determine how much time you’re able to spend enjoying the water.

If your dock is a total wreck, or even if it’s just not your style, you have a decision to make: replace the entire thing, or make repairs and upgrades. Don’t be intimidated by the thought of a DIY boat dock!

At Alumi-Span Docks, we’ve got years of experience and can help you learn how to build a boat dock using our materials and high quality parts.

Before starting a DIY boat dock project, consider:

  • Lake beds and depth – The configuration of the lake’s bottom combined with the shore layout will determine if you really need a professional’s help to design and install your dock.•    
  • Basic dock types – Do you need a floating dock, a post dock, or a crib dock? Make sure you know the type of dock best suited to your location before you start building.


How to Choose the Right Boat Dock Parts


Docks can range from very simple structures to extremely complex systems that require more expensive parts and accessories. However, if you want to upgrade, make sure you consider the main uses of your docks, and think about how handy you are.

If your dock is more complex, your shoreline and water depth a little tricky to maneuver in, you may want to consider hiring a professional.

If you’re able to make simple repairs yourself, do-it-yourself kits might be a cost-effective option.

At Alumi-Span, we offer high-quality materials and parts such as:

  • Ladder mounting and bolts
  • Dock post turn rods
  • Augers and stringers
  • Brackets
  • Dock bumpers

Most of these components are designed and manufactured in-house, so you’ll know our parts aren’t like the cheap ones that are designed to cut corners. Our products are even tested in the water before sale, so you’ll have the peace of mind knowing your dock is put together correctly and will be safe for your family and friends.

Learn How to Build a Boat Dock from Alumi-Span Docks!


You can rest assured that all of our boat dock parts are always of high quality. When you buy parts from us to do your own DIY dock, or need a complete custom dock, we’ve got you covered! Our experts have put together an installation guide, as well as instructional videos for your convenience. You can always call and talk to a member of our team, too! Contact us today to get started!
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