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What Are the Parts of a Boat Dock Called?

By August 15, 2020 Floating Docks
The parts of a boat dock on the waterfront

Some floating docks are types of boat docks that are amazingly flexible and versatile to fit all of your home or business docking needs. Floating docks make it not only possible but also easy to get convenient access to the water anytime you want to enjoy a trip out. Whether it’s boating, kayaking, canoeing, jet-skiing, or swimming you’re after, a floating dock is a great choice.  

 

Most AccuDock® products use S-style, T-style, or H-style floating dock connectors and are easily assembled by following these simple instructions and, of course, by having all your tools ready!

 

4 Key Parts of a Boat Dock

 

Here is what you need to know about the parts of a boat dock:

 

  1. Decking

Decking for floating boat docks can be made from a variety of materials. One of the most practical and popular choices that has emerged is PVC decking. PVC decking is made by whipping PVC into a less dense aerated foam. The lightweight foam is extruded – or forced out – into a variety of sizes. It performs similarly to real wood but without the drawbacks, such as warping. PVC decking is a remarkable, no-maintenance solution.

 

  1. Gangways and Ramps

A gangway refers to the metal walkway connecting from your property to the floating dock, allowing pedestrian transportation. Unlike gangways, ramps do not have handrails. Whether you need a gangway or a ramp will depend on your desired uses for your dock. AccuDock manufactures all gangways and ramps in house using 6000-series marine-grade aluminum. Each gangway and ramp is built to your unique specifications, as well as ADA-compliant dock specifications when required.

 

  1. Flotation Supports

Flotation supports alleviate the possibility of the leading edge of the dock having to support the full weight of the gangway. This allows the dock to sit level with the water despite fluctuations in the water level.

 

  1. Transition Plates

AccuDock’s transition plates are all made of marine-grade aluminum and are diamond plated to provide additional traction. Transition plates are often used for installs that require the use of rollers. These plates also prevent the possibility of a trip hazard caused by the 6-inch difference in height between the gangway and dock.

 

As always, if you have any questions about the parts of a boat dock, do not hesitate to contact us.