How Much Does It Cost to Build a Boat Dock?
The cost to build a boat dock averages $14,275. Most contract jobs cost between $3,173 and $25,306.
Prefabricated or assembled 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 kind,quality and the difficulty of installation. Picking a prefabricated,aluminum floating dock,or a permanent wood and concrete variant affects your job cost. Option and funding depend on water depth,climate,location,and fresh or saltwater program. A Guru can help you select the right dock for your needs. In the end,this determines the complete project price.
Every CMI fabricated marine access system is designed and built to be a high performance,long lasting,cost-efficient solution to harsh marine environments. Regardless of program,our fabricated aluminum constructions won’t crack like concrete,rust like steel or rot like wood.
Cost to Build a Dock
This includes the pier and labour to install. Prefabricated aluminum types,the most affordable,come in at $1,500. It is constructed by placing decking over airtight barrels,drums or marine floats.
Piling dock building and setup runs $20 to $40 per square foot. Machinery jets or drives pilings,generally 10″-12″ in diameter,into the lakebed. Piling docks are permanent and durable if maintained correctly and can be customized to boathouses,gazebos and party decks.
These are assembled by filling one or more square wooden”cribs” with large stones,then capping using a deck. They are essentially small,synthetic islands that you could connect to one another and the shore with decking.
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The Price of Your Dock Depends on The Accessories You Want
Decking and floatation options are going to be the design choices that have the most impact on dock cost. When considering what option is best for your job,you ought to consider the balance between cost,length of life and stability. If you are more of a visual learner,take a look at our floatation video series: Floating Dock Overview,Pontoon Float and Full Float.
The most economic choice is poly-tub floatation. We source the best poly-floats in the marine business to incorporate into our floating docks. Poly-floats are made of a plastic casing (polyethylene to be exact) with polystyrene foam core (poly-‘sty’-rene as in’sty’-rafoam). Because plastic fractures and polystyrene is easily compromised,these floats typically have to be replaced many times during a GatorDock’s long service life.
The following two float options offer you a quality increase in both the shell and the center of the float. The Pontoon Float and the Full Float,designed and built at Gator,feature an all-aluminum shell that offers a rugged armor for harsh marine environments. The center is expertly-injected polyurethane foam,much more dense and durable compared to polystyrene and can stand up to compounds often found in marine environments such as boat fuel. The Pontoon Float system combines several Pontoon capped-culverts along the base of the pier,whereas the Full Float is one large base for a dock section. Because the Full Float cohesively covers the vast majority of a dock deck,it provides more stability than our durable Pontoon Float. The aluminum casing and dependable core of these two float types are an increase to the bottom line,but also offer a longer,more stable,service life and much lower maintenance requirements.
Dock 101: Fenders protect the pier and bumpers protect the ships. We’ve got several choices to choose from to protect your dock and boats. Select pine,Ipe hardwood or composite wood to your fenders,or blend the purpose of a dock and fender into one by choosing a UHMW fender. This durable fender is an increase in cost but a great addition to high traffic boat ramps that need additional protection. Our bumpers come in two size/shape combinations — the ‘P’ bumper and ‘D’ bumper. The ‘P’ bumper,shaped like its name,is our smaller bumper that attaches to the fender’s side. The larger’D’ bumper covers more area and extends further for additional impact protection. This bumper attaches in two areas,the top and side,of the fender.
The E-channel frame and deck structure located on both GatorDock piers and floating docks can accommodate utilities up to 2″ in diameter. Our design engineers can create custom utility bays for clients with larger needs in that region. All we need to accommodate that request is a utility map and job 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 favorite designs does: The Gator Fishing Pier. There’s nothing better than being on the water and fishing on a gorgeous day. The Gator Fishing Rail is adored by fishermen of all sizes and ability. The lure shelf is a handy place to set 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 in the St. Marks case study.
Dock Construction Prices
Construction often include labor in the project quote. According to some homeowner reports,labour accounts for roughly half of the complete price. So the normal job of $10,000 includes $5,000 in labour or $50 per linear foot. But 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 an aluminum frame with composite decking than you would on a wooden one. You can also combine aluminum framing with aluminum,wood planks or grates,or plastic for a variety of budgets.