Posted on November 12, 2020
For many waterfronts, floating dock systems are a great choice. A floating dock can go in any water that a standing or wheel-in sectional dock can and areas with deep water or soft lake bottoms where they can’t. Having a floating dock means never worrying about adjusting your dock to fluctuating water levels, which is excellent for many reasons. You also don’t have to worry about sacrificing quality, as ShoreMaster docks are as expertly crafted as our standing docks to withstand the water rigors while being strong and stable.
What you might have are questions about floating docks, which ShoreMaster’s waterfront experts are happy to answer. A floating dock can be just as stable and attractive as any standing dock system, but there are two big questions people tend to have about these docks: how they work and how they’re secured.
A floating dock is a platform with decking supported on air-tight, buoyant pontoons that make it float by displacing the water. These pontoons are built from sturdy materials and often filled with materials like expanded polystyrene that keep it afloat even if damaged. Because they float on the water and self-level surface, they don’t need to be manually adjusted to accommodate water level changes and remain stable (if conditions get too rough, the docks can be easily removed from the water until they’re calmer). This is great for boat docks that incorporate many electrical components because your dock will always be floating, and your electronics won’t end up underwater.
Floating docks don’t directly contact the water bottom like other boat dock systems do, but they still need to be secured so that they don’t float away. Floating docks are typically connected to the shore with a gangway or other similar walkway, with an anchor helping to keep the rest of the dock in one place. These minimal attachments not only make seasonal installation and removal more straightforward, but they’re also convenient for muddy or deep lake bottoms that can’t support dock legs. They’re also great for the environmentally conscious dock owner or anyone concerned about the permitting process because they don’t disturb the lake bottom too much.
Unsure of how to set up and tear down your dock? Want to know what boat dock accessories will work with your system? Does your waterfront have unique concerns that you want an expert’s opinion on? The customer support team at ShoreMaster can answer your floating dock system questions. For more information on creating your perfect boat dock set-up, contact a local ShoreMaster dealer.