Expert Dock Builders Opinion: Fixed or Floating?

So you live in or around Bradenton and are looking for advice on fixed and floating options from experienced dock builders? Well this is the place to find your answers.

Boats bring us joy, plain and simple. There is nothing quite like getting out on the open water and (check all that apply):

  • Opening the throttle and cutting through the open ocean in a light chop (or zero chop)
  • Sitting out in the middle of the water early in the morning before sunrise, or in the middle of the afternoon, with your fishing pole, cooler, and with or without friends.
  • Getting pulled behind the boat at the end of a rope on a raft, skis, or parasailing up in the air
  • Competitive, big fish, or deep sea fishing
  • Other

But the thing that could make all of these easier to do is to be able to launch from your own backyard on a whim. So which style is best for you, fixed or floating? Here’s what Bradenton’s best dock builders have to say about each:


Also known as standing or stationary boat docks, these utilize wood pilings to support them high above the water level. These are ideal for a variety of shore types and aquatic environs, as well as for areas with rough waters. If you want the ability to store your vessel out of the water, this design allows for the addition of a boat lift. Additionally if you intend to use your deck out over the water for entertainment, a stationary design can be constructed with room to seat only a few or many, as well as provide you with the option for additions such as a gazebo, custom bar, or a boat house.


This easy to install model can be very useful in some situations. If your property is up against water that is very deep, has high water level fluctuations, or has an unstable sea bottom, you might benefit from a floating dock. Dock builders can also easily install this option versus the fixed alternatives. These typically come in 3 shapes for different docking options: “U”, “L”, and “T”. If the water is too rough in your area of Bradenton, or you live in a high wake zone, consider fixed instead.

Ultimately you will need to speak with trusted Bradenton dock builders to make your final decision. They will come out to perform a property inspection, and give you a breakdown of your best options, and help you decide which will best suit your needs. For additional information, call Priority Marine at 727-447-1373.


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