The Real Cost of a Boat Dock

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How Much Does It Cost to Construct a Boat Dock?

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The cost to construct a boat dock averages $14,275. Most jobs cost 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 materials,quality and the inticracy of installation. Picking a prefabricated,aluminum floating dock,or a permanent wood and concrete variant affects your job cost. Choice and budget depend on water depth,climate,location,and fresh or saltwater program. A Pro can help you select the right dock for your needs. In the end,this determines the complete 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 structures won’t crack like concrete,rust like steel or rot like wood.

Cost to Construct a Dock

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

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

Crib docks cost $10,000 to $50,000 or more. These are assembled by filling one or more square wooden”cribs” with big stones,then capping using a deck. They are basically small,synthetic islands which you can 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 choices that have the most impact on dock price. When contemplating what choice is best for your job,you should think about the balance between price,length of life and stability. If you’re more of a visual learner,take a look at our floatation video show: Floating Dock Overview,Pontoon Float and Full Float.

The most economical choice is poly-tub floatation. We supply the best poly-floats from 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 cracks and polystyrene is easily compromised,these floats typically have to be replaced several times during a GatorDock’s long service life.

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

how much does it cost to build a dock

Dock 101: Fenders protect the dock and bumpers protect the boats. We’ve got several choices to choose from to protect your dock and boats. Select pine,Ipe wood 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 price but a great addition to high traffic boat ramps that need extra 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 larger’D’ bumper covers more area and extends farther for extra impact protection. This bumper attaches in two areas,the side and top,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 utilities up to 2″ in diameter. Our design engineers can create custom utility bays for clients with larger needs in that region. All we will need to accommodate that request is a utility map and job specifications. These incorporated utility paths allow for water,electricity and other needs to enhance the design of your marina or dock system.

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

Dock Construction Costs

Construction often include labor in the project quote. According to some homeowner reports,labor accounts for roughly half of the complete price. So the average job of $10,000 includes $5,000 in labor or $50 per linear foot. But 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 blend aluminum framing with aluminum,wood planks or grates,or plastic for various budgets.

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