Here is a quick compilation of some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on floating docks:
What is the easiest and safest method of getting boats on and off the floating docks?
Using a floating dock is extremely simple and very similar to using a boat trailer.
Make sure to approach the dock at slow speed to gain momentum, while gently operating the throttle about 1/3rd way up the dock.
Can floating docks be left in the water throughout the year?
Floating docks can be left in the water in mostly all weather conditions. In case of extremely cold climatic conditions, the water freezes and the floating dock rests on top of the ice. Ice and cold water help in cleansing the dock.
What sort of climatic changes can floating docks withstand? What sorts of precautions need to be taken?
Floating docks are fully equipped to handle high winds and water surges. The latter can he handled with the tide manager system. When water level rises, the line used for tying the docks should be increased to allow for movement from its mooring location.
How will the floating dock affect the hull of the boat?
Very little or no impact will be felt on the boats as the material used is generally softer than the hull. If the dock is cleaned regularly there shall be no visible impact. The floating dock can be easily cleaned by spraying water on the dock at the end of the day. If debris is allowed to accumulate then there is a danger of them scratching the hull.
While pulling up on the dock, does the propeller hit it?
The propeller is at the back for most inboard or outboard boats and thus does not affect the floating dock.
Can floating docks function in shallow waters? How much can a boat lift draft when the water craft is on top and below?
Floating docks generally draw between 2 – 4 inches of water when the boat is off. The operative water depth can be evaluated at the place where the drive in takes place. They need to loosen up in order to drive on top. If the boat can sit on the to be dock location, then floating docks can be installed there with no difficulty, though deeper water will be required by the haul up during the launch.
Can floating docks be moved?
Floating docks are relatively simpler to move to another place. They can be towed by boats, loaded on trailers or just dismantled to facilitate moving.
What sort of maintenance is needed for floating docks?
It is quite simple to maintain these docks. Three things need to be kept in mind for their cleanliness. Firstly, make sure that debris does not accumulate on the surface. Regular check up of the dock and moorings is essential. The boat winch should be sprayed with an anti corrosion treatment.
Can these docks be stolen easily and how to keep them safe?
To secure the vehicle you can chain it into the dock. Next use a similar chain to lock the dock.
Do floating docks require electricity?
No. Most docks can be used without electricity. The vehicles are docked and launched by their own power. Sometimes floating docks have partially submersible sterns for making docking and launching smoother.