Floating Docks

Choosing a Floating Dock Size

Choosing a Floating Dock Size

floating dock

 Floating Docks are ideal for deep or fluctuating water  conditions. A big advantage of a floating dock system is it stays at a  constant height above the water which is ideal if you keep a boat moored  to it. 

Choosing a Floating Dock Size

Choosing a Floating Dock Size

Choosing a Floating Dock Size

floating dock

 When choosing a floating dock it is important to have an idea what  you plan to use it for. Just looking for a small dock to get out to your  boat and do most of your relaxing on shore? You may be content with a  6′ wide system. If you are planning to spend some of your relaxing time  on your new dock you will want to consider one with more stability such  as an 8′ or 10′ wide dock.

The way to think about it is like this: Think of the difference  between standing up in a canoe, and standing up in a pontoon boat. The  pontoon boat is always more stable and this is mainly due to the  difference in size.

Choosing a Design

Choosing a Floating Dock Size

Winterizing Your Floating Dock

floating dock design

 When it comes to designs, you are really only limited by your  imagination. Most clients, however, find one of a few common designs to  be very practical for their needs.

Straight – This simple design allows for multiple mooring locations and keeps cost and complexity to a minimum

P Shape – Our most common design, this is great if you want  to have an area for some chairs but only need a smaller walkway back to  shore. The P Shape allows you to save some money closer to shore and  spend it where it will have maximum use.

L Shape – Similar in design to the P Shape, the L Shape creates up to 3 spaces for mooring boats

T Shape – Commonly used in smaller rivers where you don’t  want to extend your dock too far out into the water. The T Shape allows  one bigger mooring location with easy access and a couple protected  locations for smaller craft like canoes & kayaks.

U Shape – This design offers great protection to your boat  and leaves two other spots open for additional boats or visitors.  Typically one side of the U is small and used just for boat access. The  other side is large enough for chairs and entertaining.

Winterizing Your Floating Dock

Winterizing Your Floating Dock

Winterizing Your Floating Dock

floating dock

 Floating docks can commonly be left in the water over the winter, but  not all locations are suitable. Every dock built by On the Water Designs  is capable of being frozen and thawed but damage may occur if your dock  ends up down the lake, or up on shore in the spring.
The key is to understand your ice conditions. If you are in a somewhat  sheltered area like a bay where the ice just freezes and thaws you  shouldn’t expect any trouble. If, however, you find a lot of ice  movement in the spring either flowing past or piling up on shore you  would be best to relocate the dock or remove it. 

Dock Installation

Winterizing Your Floating Dock

Dock Installation

floating dock

 A typical floating dock installation includes securing the ramp to shore  using either bedrock hardware or attaching to a concrete pour or an  existing structure. Anti-sway cables are attached for additional  stability. Each floating dock section typically has a set of anchors and  chain crossed below the dock in an X to reduce side to side sway.
Many clients choose to have a floating dock installed professionally the  first time but find they can maintain their systems on their own after  that. 

Floating Docks are available in three styles:

floating dock

Classic Series Floating Docks

  are perfect for simple designs and families looking to expand their  dock system over time. The bolt together design allows for lots of  flexibility and the option to build it yourself makes it a very cost  effective choice. .

floating dock

Designer Series Floating Docks

  are the ultimate customized docking solution. Each frame is hand  crafted by experienced welders and finished with a variety of unique  options ensuring your designer series dock will make a durable and  elegant centerpiece to any waterfront. 

pontoon dock

Titan Series Floating Docks

 are perfect for commercial applications, or a lifetime at the cottage!  The Titan Series Floating Dock combines the best features of all our  docking systems into a single, long lasting, high performance dock.