Piecing It All Together
Each dock brand offers different and often patented connections, and manufacturers are naturally bullish on their own designs. To flex or not to flex is often the question.
Smaller modules are inherently more flexible, but EZ Dock uses rubber “dog bones” in matching sockets to draw dock seams tight. The rubber connectors let them flex in wakes and waves. By contrast, Shoremaster spans each joint with one-piece polyethylene strips, betting on rigidity for longevity.
Dwight Rajdal of Marine Dock and Lift in Center City, minnesota, says flexibility and rigidity have different benefits. He sees advantages to Shoremaster’s rigidity in less turbulent waters but says the flexible connections of EZ Dock or Candock can be better in ice and waves.
It’s best to drive around and see what others use. Get permission to walk on the various styles for a feel underfoot.
|EZ Dock connects larger modules with flexible dogbone fasteners. “Planks” molded in give the dock a more traditional look.|
Keeping Everything in Place
Most docks are anchored with pilings or, alternatively, 4-by-4s or 4-by- 6s; 2-inch-diameter Schedule 40 galvanized fence posts work well too. Depending on bottom structure, you may need to jet them in with pressurized water. In deep water or rock bottoms, anchors in the water and onshore-cabled to the dock hold the position. The beauty of these systems is the flexibility in running current or changing water levels. The cables can always be lengthened or shortened.