If you live on a pond, lake, river, or any other waterfront location, a boat dock is a must. Even if you don’t own a boat, a boat dock has many entertainment possibilities and is the perfect place to catch some rays while being one with nature.
In your quest for building the right boat dock for your situation you’ll need to consider whether you want a floating or stationary dock, a wood or steel frame, wood or concrete decking, and whether or not you want a roof.
Design choices range between simple-basic to elaborate and dock kits to customized docking. It all depends on how you plan to use your boat dock and budget.
How about a double-decker boat dock with a covered platform on the first level and an open sun deck above – add a slide and a hot tub and you’ve got the ingredients for some serious fun. Check out this U shape dock with a platform layout and upper deck:
Add custom railings with light posts and a canapé for shade. Consider built-in storage benches to add permanent seating as well as storage for blankets, candles, corkscrews and extra wine glasses for those unexpected guests. Adorn your dock with tiki torches and a fire pit for a cozier feel.
Nautical rope tied railings, a built-in ice chest, a sink, Adirondack chairs, and a flag pole and weathervane are but a few of the necessities for the serious fisherman. Check out this site and be sure to see the built-in wine rack hidden behind the stairs: http://www.barrettboatdockstx.com/accessories.html
If there was ever a top 10 list in the category of most unusual docks this one would win hands down: http://biosarch.wordpress.com/2009/04/15/thailand-inspired-boat-dock/
My favorite boat dock:
Gallery of ideas:
Design gallery for idea gathering:
U shape with platform layout and upper deck:
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