If you're planning to build a marina, you have a lot of different options. One of the decisions you need to make is whether you want a series of floating docks or ones that are anchored to the ground. There are benefits to both options, but you may want to consider floating docks because of the following benefits.
Adjust With Water Levels
Floating docks move up and down as the water moves up and down. This can be convenient for people who are parking their boats at your marina. They can always look forward to being able to easily get in or out of their boats without having to deal with a big jump up or down to the dock.
Protect Items on the Dock From Water Swells
In addition to making the dock easier to access for your customers, a floating dock also protects items on the dock. In particular, if you have electrical items on the dock, the dock will go up and down with the water. If the water levels are exceptionally high, the dock just floats above the water. In contrast, with a fixed dock, the water may flood onto the dock, potentially wrecking your electrical elements.
Can Be Modular
Some floating dock systems are modular. That means that if you pay a marina construction company to set up your docks, you can easily add more modular units as your marina gets more customers and you need more room. Adding more modular floating docks is generally more straightforward than building onto a fixed dock.
Offer Built-in Flexibility
In addition to being able to add modular elements to your floating dock, these docks are also flexible in other ways. In particular, they are easier to move to other spots. For instance, if your marina draws a lot of clients with extra-large yachts, you may need to move the docks further away from each other. With a floating dock, that is easier to do than if you have traditional docks.
Reduce Damage to Sediment
Because there are not as many anchors or legs in the ground beneath the dock, you don't have to worry about damage to the sediment. In general, floating docks are less disruptive to the ground under the water.
In some cases, you may want to put in some floating docks and some fixed docks. To decide what you need, contact a marina construction company like The Jetty Specialist directly.