Which Type of Boat Dock is Right for You?

Boat at a dock

You just moved into your new waterfront home. You are thinking of buying a boat, sailing out to the bay, and fishing. But you’re missing one thing: a boat dock for your watercraft. Before you think of having a dock built, keep in mind that there are several types of boat docks like those made by Kinsel Docks in Rockport. Check out the types available and decide which one is best for you (and the area).

Piling dock

The most common boat dock, a piling dock is built by planting wooden beams (or pilings) deep into the lake bed or shoreline. A frame joins the pilings to serve as a walkway. Piling docks are very strong as it can withstand floodwaters. However, owners may find their installation and maintenance work costly.

Floating dock

Cheaper and more versatile than a piling dock is a floating dock, this type is an anchored floating array of drums with a wooden platform above it. It can float and is large enough to be a boat dock. A floating dock adjusts along with the water level and it can be towed. A disadvantage is that is not a very stable platform.

Crib dock

The most stable of all boat docks are crib docks, which can last for decades. To build a crib dock, rocks and stones are poured into a container or framework, then a deck is built on top to connect it to the shore. Waterfront owners who are willing to pay the cost of having a stable platform would have to work out a permit with the local government, however. This type of dock is heavily regulated since it can affect lakebed ecology and disrupt water flow.

Suspension dock

This type is a very recent innovation, and it is an improvement of the crib dock. It uses a metal framework that is suspended above the water, perfect for areas with fragile ecosystems. It can be adjusted to the water level, as well. As it has most of the advantages of the other types and none of the drawbacks, it is the most expensive of all the docks.

Pipe dock

A pipe dock is like a piling dock but it uses aluminum pipes instead of wood. It is good for areas with shallow waters, about less than eight feet deep. It is, however, less sturdy than a piling dock, and they are not good for lakes that freeze during winter.

Complete your waterfront property experience with a dock that was built with your needs in mind. You have a lot of options, so choose well!