The Real Cost of a Boat Dock


How Much Does It Cost to Build 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 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 type,quality and the inticracy of installation. Picking a prefabricated,aluminum floating dock,or a permanent wood and concrete version affects your job cost. Option and funding depend on water depth,climate,location,and fresh or saltwater application. A Pro can help you select the right dock for your needs. Ultimately,this determines the complete project price.

Each CMI fabricated marine access system is designed and constructed to be a high performance,long lasting,cost-efficient solution to harsh marine environments. No matter application,our fabricated aluminum structures will not crack like concrete,rust like steel or rot like wood. Due to aluminum’s natural protective coating and corrosion resistance,our marine-grade aluminum reduces,and in many cases,eliminates maintenance requirements.

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 pier and labour to install. Prefabricated aluminum types,the most affordable,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,in the lakebed. Piling docks are permanent and durable if maintained properly and can be personalized into boathouses,gazebos and celebration decks.

Crib docks cost $10,000 to $50,000 or more. These are constructed by filling one or more square wooden”cribs” with large stones,then capping using a deck. They are basically small,synthetic islands which you could connect to one another and the coast with decking.

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The Price of Your Dock Depends on The Accessories You Want

Dock Floatation

Decking and floatation options are going to be the design options that have the most impact on dock cost. When contemplating what option is best for your job,you ought to consider the balance between cost,length of life and stability. If you’re more of a visual learner,take a look at our floatation video show: Floating Dock Overview,Pontoon Float and complete 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 from a plastic shell (polyethylene to be precise) 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 many times during a GatorDock’s long service life.

The next two float options offer an excellent increase in both the shell and the core of the float. The Pontoon Float and the complete Float,designed and constructed at Gator,feature an all-aluminum shell which 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 often found in marine environments including boat fuel. The Pontoon Float system combines several Pontoon capped-culverts along the bottom of the pier,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 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 offer a longer,more secure,service life and much lower maintenance requirements.

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Dock 101: Fenders shield the pier and bumpers protect the ships. We’ve got several options to choose from to protect your dock and boats. Select pine,Ipe wood or composite wood to your fenders,or blend the intention 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 extra protection. The bigger’D’ bumper covers more area and extends farther for extra impact protection. This bumper attaches in two places,the top and side,of the fender.

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 clients with bigger needs in that area. All we will need to accommodate that request is a utility map and job specifications. These incorporated utility paths allow for water,electricity and other needs to enhance the design of your marina or dock system.

Dock Railing

A number of our marine access systems (that is a fancy term for docks and piers) do not incorporate railing. Although,one of our favourite designs does: The Gator Fishing Pier. There’s nothing better than being on the water and fishing on a beautiful day. The Gator Fishing Rail is loved by fishermen of all sizes and ability. The bait shelf is a handy place to place 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 Costs

Construction often consist of labor in the project quote. According to some homeowner reports,labour accounts for roughly half of the complete price. So the average job of $10,000 includes $5,000 in labour or $50 per linear foot. However, with high-end substances like exotic hardwoods or concrete,you can easily double that cost. You can also combine aluminum framing with aluminum,wood planks or grates,or plastic for various budgets.