Salt Water Boat Docks

You bought your boat or personal watercraft but realize that your dock may not be up to the task. Salt water boat docks are important in protecting the vessels you use to enjoy the gulf waters that surround the Tampa, St Pete, Clearwater, and Sarasota areas. When yours is in need of repair or replacement you need to hire a contractor that knows the demanding environment of the Florida Gulf. You will want to contract a reputable establishment with the experience to understand what materials work best in sea water and utilize proper construction practice the keep these important structures securing and protecting your watercraft for years.

The first thing you want to look for when deciding on a contractor for salt water boat docks is the sort of materials they use in their construction. The type of wood that is used will make a big difference on the integrity and continued strength of your platform. When strength is a paramount priority, you want to use a wood that is low in knot count. Additionally, you need wood that is pressure treated to resist the corrosion and physical forces present in the Gulf waters. Any reputable marine contractor will use Southern Pine Lumber because it has a reputation of being low in knots and offers unparalleled strength. Another more costly choice is Ipe, which is a South American walnut hardwood that is harder than oak, teak, and cedar while offering a unique tropical look for your Tampa, Clearwater, St Pete, or Sarasota Florida waterfront property.

In addition to using the proper materials, hardware and techniques play a big role in the integrity of any structure sitting in water. Screws should be stainless and the bolts that secure the posts and platforms must be galvanized steel. Stainless and galvanized hardware resists the corrosive effects of the sea. Good construction techniques include large joists and double bolted sills. You want a company that goes beyond just standard construction and build docks that are meant to last. What good are salt water boat docks if they do not stick around to protect your vessels?

It goes without saying that, for nearly anything. You want to make sure the contractor you hire is licensed as well as insured and bonded. In addition to the obvious, you want to research contractors that have a reputation and are involved with their community. One way you can spot a dedicated and professional marine organization is to find out if they are a member of the Florida Marine Contractor’s Association. The FMCA is a non-profit organization of marine professionals that work to ensure the standards of this demanding field. If you are looking for a member of the FMCA to build dependable salt water boat docks in west Florida, St Pete, Tampa, Clearwater and Sarasota call Priority Marine at 727-447-1373.


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