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 type,quality and the inticracy of installation. Picking a prefabricated,aluminum floating dock,or a permanent wood and concrete version affects your project cost. Option and budget depend on water depth,climate,location,and fresh or saltwater application. A Guru can help you choose the perfect dock for your needs. Ultimately,this determines the complete project price.

Each CMI fabricated marine access system is designed and built to be a high performance,long lasting,cost-efficient solution to harsh marine environments. Regardless of application,our fabricated aluminum constructions won’t 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

This includes the dock and labour to install. Prefabricated aluminum types,the most affordable,come in at $1,500. It’s constructed by placing decking over airtight barrels,drums or marine floats.

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

Crib docks cost $10,000 to $50,000 or more. These are constructed by filling one or more square wooden”cribs” with large rocks,then capping using a deck. They are essentially small,synthetic islands that you could connect to one another and the shore 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 options that have the most impact on dock cost. When contemplating what option is best for your project,you should think about the balance between cost,length of life and stability. If you are more of a visual learner,check out our floatation video show: Floating Dock Overview,Pontoon Float and complete Float.

The most economic choice is poly-tub floatation. We source the best poly-floats in the marine business to incorporate into our floating docks. Poly-floats are made from a plastic casing (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 have to be replaced many times during a GatorDock’s long service life.

The next two float options offer a quality boost in both the shell and the center of the float. The Pontoon Float and the complete Float,designed and built at Gator,feature an all-aluminum shell that offers a rugged armor for harsh marine environments. The center is expertly-injected polyurethane foam,much more dense and durable compared to polystyrene and can stand up to chemicals frequently found in marine environments including gas. The Pontoon Float system combines several Pontoon capped-culverts across the base of the dock,whereas the complete Float is one large base for a dock section. Because the complete Float cohesively covers the majority of a dock deck,it provides evenmore stability than our lasting Pontoon Float. The aluminum casing and dependable core of these two float types are an increase to the bottom line,but also offer a longer,more stable,service life and much lower maintenance requirements.

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Dock 101: Fenders shield the dock and bumpers protect the ships. We’ve got several options to choose from to protect your dock and boats. Select pine,Ipe hardwood or composite wood to your fenders,or blend the purpose of a dock and fender into one by picking a UHMW fender. This lasting fender is an increase in cost but a great addition to high traffic boat ramps that require additional protection. The bigger’D’ bumper covers more area and extends farther for additional impact protection. This bumper attaches in two areas,the top and side,of the fender.

Utilities & Lighting for Your Dock

The E-channel frame and deck structure located on both GatorDock piers and floating docks can accommodate up utilities to 2″ in diameter. Our design engineers can create custom utility bays for customers with bigger needs in that region. All we need to accommodate that request is a utility map and project specifications. These incorporated utility paths allow for electricity,water 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 handy place to set a tackle box or a beer,while the angled top rail is a comfy 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 quote. According to a homeowner reports,labour accounts for roughly half of the complete price. So the normal project of $10,000 includes $5,000 in labour 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 a aluminum frame with composite decking than you would on a wooden one. You can also combine aluminum framing with aluminum,wood planks or grates,or plastic for various budgets.