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The Real Cost of a Boat Dock

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How Much Does It Cost to Build a Boat Dock?

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The cost to build a boat dock averages $14,275. Most contract jobs are priced between $3,173 and $25,306.

Prefabricated or assembled types of docks are priced as low as $1,000,while high-quality permanent boat docks run between $50,000 and $75,000. Boat dock pricing varies depending on the kind,quality and the difficulty of installation. Picking a prefabricated,aluminum floating dock,or a permanent wood and concrete variant affects your job cost. Option and budget depend on water depth,climate,location,and fresh or saltwater program. A Pro can help you choose the perfect dock for your requirements. In the end,this determines the total project price.

Each CMI fabricated marine access system is designed and constructed to be a high performance,long lasting,cost-efficient solution to harsh marine environments. No matter program,our fabricated aluminum constructions will not crack like concrete,rust like steel or rot like wood. Because of aluminum’s natural protective coating and corrosion resistance,our marine-grade aluminum reduces,and in many cases,eliminates maintenance requirements.

Cost to Build a Dock

A floating dock costs between $15 to $35 per square foot,depending on the choice of decking. This includes the dock and labor to install. Prefabricated aluminum types,the cheapest,come in at $1,500. It is constructed by placing decking over airtight barrels,drums or marine floats.

Piling dock construction and installation runs $20 to $40 per square foot. Machinery jets or drives pilings,generally 10″-12″ in diameter,into the lakebed. Piling docks are permanent and durable if maintained properly and may be customized to boathouses,gazebos and party decks.

These are assembled by filling one or more square wooden”cribs” with big stones,then capping with a deck. They are essentially small,synthetic islands which you can connect to each other and the coast with decking.

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The Price of Your Dock Depends on The Accessories You Want

Dock Floatation

Decking and floatation options are going to be the design choices that have the most impact on dock price. When contemplating what option is best for your job,you ought to consider the balance between price,length of life and stability. If you’re more of a visual learner,check out our floatation video series: Floating Dock Overview,Pontoon Float and complete Float.

The most economic choice is poly-tub floatation. We supply the best poly-floats from the marine business to integrate into our floating docks. Poly-floats are made from a plastic shell (polyethylene to be exact) with polystyrene foam core (poly-‘sty’-rene as in’sty’-rafoam). Because plastic fractures and polystyrene can be easily compromised,these floats typically need to be replaced many times during a GatorDock’s long service life.

The next two float options offer you an excellent increase in both the shell and the center of the float. The Pontoon Float and the complete Float,designed and constructed at Gator,feature an all-aluminum shell which offers a rugged armor for harsh marine environments. The center is expertly-injected polyurethane foam,much more dense and durable than polystyrene and can stand up to chemicals frequently found in marine environments such as boat fuel. The Pontoon Float system combines several Pontoon capped-culverts along the base of the dock,whereas the complete Float is one large base for a dock section. Because the complete Float cohesively covers the vast majority of a dock deck,it provides more stability than our durable Pontoon Float. The aluminum shell and dependable core of both of these float types are an increase to the bottom line,but also provide a longer,more secure,service life and much lower maintenance requirements.

how much does a dock cost

Dock 101: Fenders shield the dock and bumpers protect the ships. We’ve got several choices to choose from to protect your dock and boats. Select pine,Ipe wood or composite wood for your fenders,or blend the purpose of a dock and fender into a single by choosing a UHMW fender. This durable fender is an increase in price but a excellent addition to high traffic boat ramps that require additional protection. Our bumpers come in two size/shape combinations — the ‘P’ bumper and ‘D’ bumper. The ‘P’ bumper,shaped like its name,is our smaller bumper that attaches to the fender’s side. The bigger’D’ bumper covers more area and extends farther for additional impact protection. This bumper attaches in two places,the top and side,of the fender.

Utilities & Lighting for Your Dock

The E-channel frame and deck construction found on both GatorDock piers and floating docks can accommodate up utilities to 2″ in diameter. Our design engineers can create custom utility bays for clients with bigger needs in that area. All we need to accommodate that request is a utility map and job specifications. These integrated utility paths allow for water,electricity and other needs to enhance the design of your marina or dock system.

A number of our marine access systems (that is a fancy term for docks and piers) don’t incorporate railing. Although,one of our favorite designs does: The Gator Fishing Pier. There’s nothing better than being on the water and fishing on a beautiful day. The Gator Fishing Rail is adored by fishermen of all sizes and ability. The bait shelf is a convenient place to place a tackle box or a beer,while the angled top rail is a comfortable place to lean against or break a fishing rod. Check out a timeless GatorDock fishing pier at the St. Marks case study.

Dock Construction Prices

Construction often include labor in the project quotation. According to a homeowner reports,labor accounts for roughly half of the total price. So the average job of $10,000 includes $5,000 in labor or $50 per linear foot. The ordinary dock runs between $15 to $35 per square foot. However, with high-end materials like exotic hardwoods or concrete,you can easily double that cost. Expect to pay anywhere from 20% to 50% more on an aluminum frame with composite decking than you would on a wooden one. It is also possible to combine aluminum framing with wood,aluminum planks or grates,or plastic for various budgets.