The Real Cost of a Boat Dock


How Much Does It Cost to Construct a Boat Dock?


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

Prefabricated or constructed 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 variant affects your project cost. Choice and funding depend on water depth,climate,location,and fresh or saltwater program. A Guru can help you select the perfect dock for your requirements. 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. 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 Construct a Dock

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

Piling dock building 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 can be personalized to 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 which you could connect to one another and the coast with decking.

floating dock pricing

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 price. When contemplating what choice is best for your project,you should think about the balance between price,length of life and stability. If you’re more of a visual learner,check out our floatation video show: Floating Dock Overview,Pontoon Float and complete Float.

The most economical choice is poly-tub floatation. We source the best poly-floats in the marine business to integrate into our floating docks. Poly-floats are made of a plastic casing (polyethylene to be precise) 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 several times during a GatorDock’s long service life.

The next two float options offer a quality boost in both the shell and the core of the float. The Pontoon Float and the complete Float,designed and built 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 chemicals frequently found in marine environments including gas. The Pontoon Float system combines several Pontoon capped-culverts along the base of the pier,whereas the complete Float is one large foundation for a dock section. Because the complete 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 secure,service life and much lower maintenance requirements.

floating dock pricing

Dock 101: Fenders protect the pier and bumpers protect the boats. We’ve got several options to choose from to protect your dock and boats. Select pine,Ipe hardwood or composite wood for 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 require extra protection. The bigger’D’ bumper covers more area and extends farther for additional impact protection. This bumper attaches in two places,the side and top,of the fender.

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 customers with bigger needs in that area. All we will need to accommodate that request is a utility map and project specifications. These integrated utility paths allow for electricity,water and other needs to improve 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 favourite designs does: The Gator Fishing Pier. There is nothing better than being on the water and fishing on a beautiful day. The Gator Fishing Rail is loved by fishermen of all sizes and ability. The lure shelf is a handy place to place a tackle box or a beer,while the angled top rail is a comfortable place to lean against or rest a fishing pole. Check out a classic GatorDock fishing pier at the St. Marks case study.

Dock Construction Prices

Construction often consist of 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 pier 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 blend aluminum framing with aluminum,wood planks or grates,or plastic for various budgets.

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