Building Your Boat Dock

A boat dock is important if you are a boat owner. Docks are not only ideal for boats, but it is also a place where you can have get-togethers and fishing activities. If you are going to build your boat dock, make sure that you make a strong and stable dock that will not be easily affected by different weather conditions. Building a boat dock will give you a great place for gathering with your friends and family. 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 length of the landing area is determined by the water depth. If the water is deep, then you just need a short dock and the other way around for shallow waters. This guarantees safe docking.

The length of most docks is 12 to 16 feet out over the water and the usual width is 4 feet. There is another section that is usually attached to the first which is larger, usually with an area of 12 square feet and is located in the open water. This section is larger and enables the movement of more groups of people preparing to board or disembark a boat o those hanging around the dock.

The first section measures 4 feet by 12 feet long. Pressure treated lumber of 2″ x 6″ measuring 12 feet is used for constructing the frame of the first section. Three of these pieces have to be screwed down at one end to a fourth piece that has a width of 4 feet. This process is repeated at the midsection and the remaining end of the longer boards before completing the frame. The floor boards for the second section can be screwed to this frame vertically to the longer boards below.

The second section has to be stronger than the first, although with similar construction, since it has to sustain more loads over a larger area. Framing lumber is to lie parallel to one another with a distance of 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. Eye-bolts and steel rods are used for attaching the two sections together. This allows easy separation of the sections and free pivoting motion for rough water current. You should securely attach your posts to the side of the dock as it will help the boats to be tied to them, and buoys have to be fastened on the sides for preventing the boat to scrape against the dock.

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