What Type of Boat Dock is Best for Me?

Living in Florida, especially around the Bradenton, Tampa, and St. Petersburg areas, means there are a lot of ways for homeowners to benefit from boat docks. We have every type of waterway: from easy access to the open ocean in the Gulf of Mexico, to lakes, rivers, mangrove forests, and even marshy wetlands. So whether your interests lie in boating, fishing, diving, nature watching, parasailing, water skiing, airboats, jet skiing, or relaxing by the water, you have your options open.

All those activities listed above means that if you live on the water in Bradenton, Tampa, or St. Petersburg, then there is no excuse to not be reaping the advantages boat docks can afford you.

But how do you decide what type is best for you? Well, to start, there are two main categories:

Stationary or Standing

With a frame constructed of sturdy pylons driven deep into the seabed using heavy machinery, stationary models are suited for a wide variety of aquatic environments and shore types. These hold up especially well in areas of large wakes or rough waters, because the waves can pass between the legs without problem. Wooden pilings work best for both salt and freshwater areas. Standing docks are also ideal for adding boat lifts to store your vessel out of the water, or for entertaining guests, as they can be constructed to easily accommodate seating for a few or for many.


Unlike with standing boat docks, this style works perfectly in areas in Bradenton, Tampa, or St. Petersburg with deep water, heavy water-level fluctuations, or locations with a sludgy or unstable sea floor. If your property experiences rough water conditions, consider a stationary design instead. Different options include the “U” shape for secure docking; “L” for easier parallel tie-offs; or “T” shaped for storing more than one vessel at your location.

Making A Decision

If you have the option of a stationary design, you’ll need to decide what is you would like to do with it. Here are some questions you should ask yourself to get your started.

  • Do you plan to use it for fishing, boating, entertainment, or something else?
  • Does it need room to fit a single table, or seat 20?
  • Will you want a gazebo or built in bar?
  • How long do you want it to last and how ornate do you need it?
  • What’s your budget?

After finding out the answers to at least some of these questions, the best way to determine which of the different styles of boat docks best suits you is to contact a professional marine construction company that services Bradenton, Tampa, and St. Petersburg to tell you about your options. To get help through every step of the planning and design process, call Priority Marine at 727-447-1373.


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