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 are priced 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 difficulty of installation. Picking a prefabricated,aluminum floating dock,or a permanent wood and concrete version affects your project cost. Choice and budget depend on water depth,climate,location,and fresh or saltwater program. A Pro can help you select the right dock for your needs. Ultimately,this determines the complete project price.

Regardless of program,our fabricated aluminum constructions won’t crack like concrete,rust like steel or rot like wood.

Cost to Construct a Dock

This includes the dock and labor to install. Prefabricated aluminum types,the cheapest,come in at $1,500. It’s constructed by putting 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 personalized into 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 big stones,then capping with a deck. They are basically small,synthetic islands that you can connect to each other and the shore with decking.

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The Price of Your Dock Depends on The Accessories You Want

Dock Floatation

Decking and floatation options will be the design options that have the most impact on dock cost. When contemplating what choice is best for your project,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 complete Float.

The most economic choice is poly-tub floatation. We source the best poly-floats from the marine business to incorporate into our floating docks. Poly-floats are made from a plastic shell (polyethylene to be exact) with polystyrene foam core (poly-‘sty’-rene as in’sty’-rafoam). Because plastic cracks and polystyrene can be easily compromised,these floats typically have to be replaced many times during a GatorDock’s long service life.

The next two float options offer you an excellent increase 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 that offers a rugged armor for harsh marine environments. The core is expertly-injected polyurethane foam,much more dense and durable than polystyrene and can stand up to chemicals frequently found in marine environments such as boat fuel. The Pontoon Float system combines several Pontoon capped-culverts across the bottom of the dock,whereas the complete Float is one large base for a dock section. Because the complete Float cohesively covers the vast majority of a dock deck,it provides more stability than our durable Pontoon Float. The aluminum shell 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.

Dock Fenders & Bumpers

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Dock 101: Fenders shield the dock and bumpers protect the boats. We’ve got several options to choose from to protect your dock and boats. Select pine,Ipe wood or composite wood for your fenders,or blend the purpose of a dock and fender into a single by picking a UHMW fender. This durable fender is an increase in cost but a excellent addition to high traffic boat ramps that require 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 bigger’D’ bumper covers more area and extends further for additional impact protection. This bumper attaches in two places,the top and side,of the fender.

Utilities & Lighting for Your Dock

The E-channel frame and deck structure found on both GatorDock piers and floating docks can accommodate up utilities to 2″ in diameter. Our design engineers can create custom utility bays for customers with bigger needs in that area. All we need to accommodate that request is a utility map and project specifications. These integrated utility paths allow for water,electricity and other needs to enhance the design of your marina or dock system.

Many of our marine access systems (that is a fancy term for docks and piers) do not incorporate railing. Although,one of our favorite designs does: The Gator Fishing Pier. There is 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 convenient place to place a tackle box or a beer,while the angled top rail is a comfortable place to lean against or break a fishing pole. Check out a timeless GatorDock fishing pier at the St. Marks case study.

Dock Construction Prices

Construction often consist of labor in the project quotation. According to a homeowner reports,labor accounts for roughly half of the complete price. So the normal project of $10,000 includes $5,000 in labor or $50 per linear foot. But with high-end materials like exotic hardwoods or concrete,you can easily double that cost. It is also possible to blend aluminum framing with aluminum,wood planks or grates,or plastic for various budgets.

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