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How to Choose
the Right Dock for Your Needs
Your dock is
the backbone of your waterfront experience. It has to fit your
many uses, complement your lakehome style, and perform as
promised for years to come. So, which one to choose? The easy
answer is ShoreMaster. But that’s only a start – a good start
for sure, but only the beginning of the process to get the dock
that’s ideal for you. Here’s a quick description of the main
types of docks and where they work best, to help you choose.
are ideal if your waterfront freezes in winter, and if you have
a fairly firm lake bottom, a gradual grade, and minimal
elevation at the shore. You’ll also need a clearing when you
pull the entire dock up and out of the water. If your site meets
these conditions, a wheeled dock will be the easiest to install
and remove. Just roll it in, all in one piece, in the spring.
Then roll it back out in the fall. As long as you don’t mind the
look of the intact dock on your property throughout the winter,
this is a great choice.
Docks work well in a wider variety of
circumstances. They’re your best choice in rough water
conditions, where waves pass easily through the legs. If your
dock can be installed permanently, it can be placed on pilings
for a very solid working surface. In salt water, wooden pilings
are used to avoid corrosion. If you will remove your dock for
winter or other seasonal needs, standing docks can be designed
for quick and easy installation and removal. And they stack
nicely for better appearance during the off-season.
Docks are the perfect solution is you have a site with
deep water, significant water fluctuation or where the bottom is
too mucky for wheeled docks or standing docks. If your site is
exposed to heavy waves or boat wakes, a “U” shaped
floating dock is the best choice. Decking choices are almost
unlimited and these work best in the water all year. Anchoring
is done through cables, stiff arms, ramps, or sea anchors in
many different combinations.
your imagination with our new, exclusive Curvie Dock.
Dock is the latest innovation from ShoreMaster, the company
that never stops designing ways to enhance your waterfront
living. The ingenious feature of the Curvie Dock is an
assortment of curved dock sections that work with the
ShoreMaster UniDock to create a host of configurations.
can also make a difference in the look, performance and cost of
your dock. Frames can be made of galvanized steel or aluminum,
and decking can be made of wood for a natural look or vinyl or
aluminum for minimal maintenance.
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