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The main differences between a floating dock and a stationary dock

differences between a floating dock and a stationary dock
Blog - 05/16/2017

People frequently ask us which is better: a floating dock or a stationary dock. First and foremost, before trying to find an answer to this question, you need to take the time to assess your needs and consider the environment in which you carry out your recreational activities. Even though there are differences between a floating dock and a stationary dock, the type you choose should suit your activities and needs, not the other way around. Finally, you might be surprised to learn that you can also configure a dock system that incorporates both kinds so you can enjoy the best of both worlds. To help you decide, here are the main differences and advantages of a floating dock and stationary dock.

The stationary dock: a stable solution

A stationary dock is a stable solution that can be used as an extension of your property for a variety of occasions such as family gatherings, evenings with friends, and other social events you host at home. Here are few other features:

  • Potential savings according to the model chosen (ex.: aluminum stationary dock).
  • Stability: the dock rests on the ground in the water, making it a stable place where you can relax.
  • High potential to create a complementary extension of your residential building.
  • Stationary: a variable gap between the height of the dock and the water level can compromise its use if the water is too low or too high.
  • If the water level varies too much, stepping on and off from your watercraft might be difficult.

The floating dock: adaptable, durable, and aesthetically pleasing

First introduced in the 90’s, the floating dock system quickly rose in popularity thanks to its durability and configurations possible. Here are a few features that have helped it stand out:

  • Plug and Play: easy and quick installation/assembly.
  • Practical: perfectly adjusts to different water levels caused by tides and/or seasonal variations, floods, droughts, and makes it easy for you to hop on and off of your watercrafts.
  • Maintenance-free: 100% high-density polyethylene = 100% recyclable.
  • Fully configurable and adaptable: can be anchored in any body of water and attached to any existing structure, no matter the conditions, and allows you to easily add and remove new sections, or to completely change its shape and usage.
  • Durable: robust, resistant to pollution and ultraviolet rays, guaranteed for 20 years.

The decision to build (or install) a floating or stationary dock is yours. However, you should always discuss options available with your dock distributor and take advantage of their expert advice. At the end of the day, what matters the most is finding the dock solution that meets your needs and is adapted to how you want to use it, all while respecting your budget. We recommend you take the time to research different options and to call us if you have any questions. We hope you enjoy the exciting process of shopping for your next dock !


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