When building a boat dock it’s important that you have a good dock design. The last thing you want is for a dock to go under, especially with your boat attached to it. Docks can serve multiple purposes--they can be a place for partying, relaxing, socializing and fishing as well as a place to dock your boat. However, if you design your dock incorrectly it will be nothing more than a continuous problem. Learn some common mistakes to avoid before you start building and ensure you get the design right the first time.
Mistake #1: Not Practicing Due Diligence
Don’t start building a dock without first properly and thoroughly planning it. You should have diagrams, measurements, material lists, instructions, and all your tools before you start. And, be sure you have the time you need to complete the project once you begin. You’d be surprised how many times people build part of their dock before realizing it’s the wrong size or they don’t have all the tools and materials they need to complete the project. Total planning before you start building will not only help you avoid this mistake, but it will practically ensure your success.
Mistake #2: Not Using Water-Ready Supplies
All the wood used in the construction of your dock must be treated for use in water. You’ll also need to make sure you only use galvanized nails and screws. Doing these things will add longevity to your dock and you will not be needing to build another in 5 to 10 years. Treated wood and galvanized screws are much more water resistant than their non-treated, non-galvanized counterparts, and should be practically mandatory if you want a safe dock that stands the test of time.
Mistake #3: Not Practicing Safety Near Water
As far as safety goes, a lot of people overlook the fact that they’re working with electrical tools near water. Electric shock could possibly kill you so it’s of the utmost importance that you exercise extreme caution when dealing with electricity and water. Keep all cords away from the water, even if you think the cord is safe. If you do need to use a tool in the water, use something battery-operated or a manual version of the tool. Exercise great caution to keep all tools above water unless they are specifically designed for underwater use. If you need to use electric tools, keep the ends of all cords hung high off the ground. Just walking around can track a little water onto the dry ground which, in turn, could potentially find its way to the end of the power cords.
Once you know what not to do, you’re well on your way to building a great dock in no time. Happy boating!