While we wish all shorelines would be host to the perfect environment for your custom dock, the reality is many seafloors are rocky, muddy or marshy, or the shoreline experiences big waves or fluctuating water levels. These challenges can impede your dream design, but with some careful planning, the right tools and a little innovation, you can still design a custom dock no matter your waterfront conditions.

Tips and Tricks for Navigating Challenging Shoreline Conditions

Before getting started with any dock design, it’s important to conduct a site assessment. Take note of water depth fluctuations, its soil type (i.e., rocky, sandy, muddy), tidal variations, wave patterns and existing vegetation. Understanding these factors is crucial for designing a dock that can withstand the challenges posed by your specific environment.

Next, learn if there are any regulatory limitations to your dock construction or permitting requirements. It’s also a good idea to consult a professional dock company that can clue you into any other factors you should consider as you get started.

Your custom dock design may require additional anchoring systems or connections to suit the environment. As you gather your materials, dock hardware and tools, take time to ensure you have everything you need now – and get organized prior to getting started. If DIYing the installation, consider renting any specialized equipment that would make the job easier. You’ll want all the help you can get!

If your shoreline is particularly challenging, it’s best to work with an experienced dock hardware company. They can advise you on which materials and construction methods will be most effective for your environment. They can also take care of the installation for you.

At RDS Dock Hardware, we offer a la carte dock design and installation options to fit your needs and preferences. You can choose from the following options:

If you have questions about dock installation, please contact us at RDS Dock Hardware. We’re happy to help you design and install the perfect dock for your waterfront property.