Building Your Boat Dock

You need to build a boat dock if you own a boat. What is great about docks is that it is not only a place where your boat will stay, but it is also a great place where you can gather family and friends for a get together or do some fishing activities. Your should build a dock that is strong and stable and able to withstand the elements. If you know how to build a dock, then you will have a great gathering place. If you are building your own boat dock, here are some instructions on how to do it.

You should first decide how big your boat dock should be, before building one. The water depth will determine how long the landing area is. If the water is deep, then a short dock would suffice and vice versa. If you follow this, safe docking is guaranteed.

The length of most docks is 12 to 16 feet out over the water and the usual width is 4 feet. Then there is a second section attach to the first which is larger and usually has an area of 12 square feet; this section is located in the open water. The purpose of this section, which is larger, is to enable groups of people to move, either preparing to board the boat or to disembark it, or for people just milling around the dock.

A section has to be constructed that has a width of 4 feet up to 12 feet long. The material for constructing the frame of the first section has to be pressure treated lumber of 2″ x 6″ measuring 12 feet long. A fourth piece with a width of 4 feet is where three of the frame pieces have to be screwed down at its end. Before completing the frame, the process is repeated at midsection and the remaining end of the longer boards. The floor boards for the second section can be screwed to this frame vertically to the longer boards below.

Construction of the second section is similar to the first but it has to be stronger for sustaining more loads over a larger area. The framing lumber is supposed to lie parallel to one another at a distance of about 16 inches apart. With this, the floor boards to be attached vertically will be guided in the same manner like those on the first section. Attaching the first and second sections together would need eye bolts and steel rods. This will allow easy separation of the sections and free pivoting motion if the current in the water is rough. You can tie the boats to posts securely attached to the sides of the dock, and to prevent boats from scraping against the dock, buoys are fastened on the sides.

If you need materials for your dock construction, choose Decks and Docks lumber company for quality products.

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