How Much Does It Cost to Build a Boat Dock?
The cost to build 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 kind,quality and the difficulty of installation. Choosing a prefabricated,aluminum floating dock,or a permanent wood and concrete version affects your project cost. Option and funding depend on water depth,climate,location,and fresh or saltwater application. A Guru can help you select the right dock for your needs. In the end,this determines the total 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 application,our fabricated aluminum structures will not crack like concrete,rust like steel or rot like wood.
Cost to Build a Dock
A floating dock costs between $15 to $35 per square foot,depending on the choice of decking. This includes the dock and labor to install. Prefabricated aluminum types,the most affordable,come in at $1,500. It is constructed by putting decking over airtight barrels,drums or marine floats.
Piling dock construction 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.
Crib docks cost $10,000 to $50,000 or more. 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 which you can 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 project,you ought to consider the balance between cost,length of life and stability. If you are more of a visual learner,check out our floatation video series: Floating Dock Overview,Pontoon Float and complete Float.
The most economical choice is poly-tub floatation. We source the best poly-floats from the marine business to integrate 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 fractures and polystyrene can be easily compromised,these floats typically need to be replaced several times during a GatorDock’s long service life.
The following 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 which provides 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 compounds often found in marine environments such as boat fuel. The Pontoon Float system combines several Pontoon capped-culverts along the base of the dock,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 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 101: Fenders protect the dock and bumpers protect the boats. We’ve got several choices to choose from to protect your dock and boats. Select pine,Ipe wood or composite wood for your fenders,or combine the intention of a dock and fender into a single by choosing a UHMW fender. This durable fender is an increase in cost but a excellent addition to high traffic boat ramps that need extra protection. The bigger’D’ bumper covers more area and extends further for extra impact protection. This bumper attaches in two areas,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 utilities up to 2″ in diameter. Our design engineers can create custom utility bays for customers with bigger needs in that region. All we need to accommodate that request is a utility map and project specifications. These incorporated utility paths allow for electricity,water 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 rod. 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,labor accounts for roughly half of the total price. So the average 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. Expect to pay anywhere from 20% to 50% more on an aluminum frame with composite decking than you would on a wooden one. It is also possible to blend aluminum framing with aluminum,wood planks or grates,or plastic for a variety of budgets.