You are not building just any boat dock; you are building a custom boat dock. Custom boat docks involve thinking about certain factors that influence the final design of your boat dock. Do not attempt to design and build a boat dock yourself because if one thing is off, you are looking at a dangerous and unstable boat dock.
Your hard work also goes to waste. Instead, hire professionals to do the job for you and along with them, come up with a design for your boat dock tailored to your preferences and requirements. When you are in the planning stages of building a custom boat dock, include the following in your plan:
1. Height of Boat Dock
A large part of floating docks will be submerged underwater. Your goal will be to put as much of the floating dock above the waterline as you possibly can. If your boat dock is mostly underwater, harsher and unpredictable weather conditions can damage it.
On the other hand, you do not want your floating dock to be way above the water because it will make getting in and out of your boat difficult. Diving off your dock and fishing will also become a hassle. The professionals will analyze the measurements to get the exact dimensions required to strike the perfect balance — not too high and not too low.
2. Footer Selection
Sinking the wood posts in the lake’s bed to create a dock footer is not recommended. Although it is easier to do, it is the least stable option. Instead, surround your posts with PVC pipes containing concrete to create stable footers for your floating dock.
Consider using a 12-inch or 18-inch PVC pipes for the dock footers. PVC pipes extend many inches above the lake, which will prevent any visible wood from sinking underwater. This too will protect your boat dock from damage and allow you to use it for several years.
Professionals will go to work on creating the frame of your boat dock. They will create measurements and shapes that will work with the posts and footers in place. Next, they will apply the decking material. The support posts will support your floating dock.
4. Deck Material Selection
You will have a choice to choose from a wide variety of materials for your boat dock. Pressure-treated wood is one option you have. Although it is a popular option, it is not your only option. Other options you can choose from include hardwood, modified wood, and composite decking. The professional you have hired will be able to provide you with even more options and can even recommend the best one according to the conditions of the lake and weather in your area.
5. The Shape of Boat Dock
The shape of the boat dock matters. You should choose a modern shape for your floating dock, creating angles that are beneficial to the success of your dock at the same time increases its aesthetic appeal. If you intend to use your floating dock for boats, opt for a newer shape because it adds more access points for your watercraft.