COVID – 19 Protocols for operating water parks and rental boats

At The Lake Distributing Incorporated and our commercial arm, Waterfront Recreation Specialists, in conjunction with our suppliers and worldwide water park distributors, have put together some protocols for operating your water park and boat rental operations during the COVID – 19 pandemic.

The safety of your staff and visitors is of the utmost importance and you must follow provincial guidelines regarding proper distancing measures. 

The opening of water parks and boat (kayak, pedal boats, canoes and SUP’s) rentals is your decision but keep in mind your guests will be expecting to see these popular attraction activities when they arrive at your location.

You will need to reduce the number of people allowed on your park at any given time by at least half capacity.  If you have a large connected water park operation you might consider not connecting the pieces together and setting up individual modules.  For example, put a slide out on the water and separately add your water trampoline or other pieces.  You can manage people by allowing only one family at time on a piece or in the case of a slide have a lifeguard keep the participants spaced appropriately.  We can assist in helping you decide which pieces to install and how to properly install them.


Below is a guide developed with Center for Disease Control (CDC) information. Please encourage operators check with local health and environmental departments to ensure compliance with laws and regulations.

Cleaning refers to the removal of dirt and impurities, including germs, from surfaces. Cleaning alone does not kill germs, but by removing some germs, it decreases their number and therefore the risk of spreading infection. 

STEP 1: Clean surfaces normally using soap or PVC safe cleaner such as our Aqua-Tek Vinyl Scrub, if dirty or soiled. 

Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. Disinfecting a soiled surface will not protect against the spread of disease, so it is important to clean surface first, and then move to disinfecting. Killing germs remaining on a surface after cleaning further reduces any risk of spreading infection. Although after 8 hours, only 10% of active virus remains on non-porous surfaces like a PVC item, small amounts of COVID-19 can remain active on such surfaces for up to 72 hours. Therefore, it is important to use a disinfecting solution that will effectively kill any active elements, as follows (again, please visit CDC’s website for updates and additional information) 

STEP 2: Mix solution of plain bleach (sodium hypochlorite) and water. Ratio: 5 tbs (74ml) bleach/ 1 Gallon (3.8L) of water 

STEP 3: Spray on all contact surfaces, ideally using a pressurized spray canister commonly available in hardware stores 

STEP 4: Allow to sit for 1 minute (minimum) but not more than 5 minutes (maximum), then rinse thoroughly with fresh water. Failure to complete this step may affect product colors over time. 

How frequently should this process be done? The CDC says to repeat this process “as often as is practical” depending on use. In a camp or commercial aquapark setting this looks something like an initial cleaning, then disinfecting once or possibly twice a day, depending on the volume of traffic, and the rates of infection within the population. Additional cleaning may be necessary as items become soiled.

As an additional precaution, park users should wash hands carefully before and after using the park and avoid touching their faces at all times. 

DISCLAIMER: Remember it is not possible to carry out or guarantee complete disinfection, the goal is to minimize risk. Please visit the CDC’s website for the latest updates and procedures.


Whenever possible, encourage guests to use their own approved PFD, but if renting, follow these guidelines for cleaning.


If you think your product has been exposed to a virus, clean as recommended by the manufacturer and then let dry in a warm, low humidity environment for at least 72 hours before reuse. 

Manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning your Personal Floatation Device (PFD): 

CLEANING AND STORING YOUR PFD:   Rinse your PFD with clean water and hang to dry on a plastic coat hanger. Do not dry-clean, use chlorine bleach, or apply direct heat. Always store your fully dried PFD in a warm, dry, well ventilated place out of direct sunlight. 

If you must reuse your product within 72 hours, the following precautionary guidance is suggested. 

  • COVID-19 virus may exist 3 days on or in clothing. Virus can exist longer on porous surfaces.
  • Synthetic fabrics, plastic and metal surfaces may harbor the virus longer.
  • Buckles, zippers, other hardware and hook/loop fasteners (e.g. Velcro®) are hard to clean due to crevasses and metal/plastic construction.
  • Using 60% – 90% solutions of alcohol sprayed/wetted on these components is acceptable.
  • Avoid spraying inflatables with specific disinfectants that are detrimental to the fabric. e.g. bleach- based products.
  • Do not machine launder life jackets.
  • Life jackets should be hand-washed with gloved hands – wash as hot as possible (< 60°C) to kill virus.
  • Ensuring complete drying is critical, heated air drying is encouraged < 60°C
  • Virus likes moisture and can survive in cold – virus dies by drying out and by heat, which some fibers can enhance.
  • This pandemic is a new challenge and it is truly not known how all materials and the virus respond to laundry.
  • If hang to air dry, allow 72 hours (3 days) before reuse.
  • Do not share garments

We will update any new procedures as they become available but remember that everyone’s safety is the utmost priority. 

If you need clarification or more information please contact us.

Mike Mann, Waterfront Recreation Specialists – or call 705-748-4911 or

Jason Pulchinski – or call 705-743-9297

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New 2020 Products Overview

Happy New Year! At The Lake Distributing is excited to be starting another season with our amazing customers and suppliers. In this blog post, we put together all of our new 2020 products in our line up.


New challenge track items – the I-Beam 20 and I-Hop 20. Add an extra challenge to your water park with these new obstacles!

Some of the popular items also got a makeover, including the Jungle Jim, Kaos, and Cyclone Wheel.

RAVE Sports

We’ve expanded our RAVE Sports lineup by including the Bongo Bouncers and Aqua Jump Eclipse, as well as their attachments. We also added the 7′ Iceberg, a smaller version of the popular 14′.

7′ Icerberg

BlueNorth Kayaks

ATL Distributing is excited to present our first in-house created brand, BlueNorth. The BlueNorth kayaks were chosen for their rugged construction and simplistic look, which is perfect for rentals and commercial use.

We offer three different models in the BlueNorth line up: The NERO single sit-on-top, the ROAMER 2+1 sit-on-top and the TORRENT single sit-inside.

HydroPort PWC Drive on Floating Platforms

During the 2019 season, ShoreMaster and HydroHoist joined forces to cover more selling ground with their premium docking products. We are excited to introduce the HydroPort series by HydroHoist in our lineup.

With ultra-tough polyethylene construction, foam-filled structure, and high-performance rollers, these ports are made to accommodate many different jet ski models!

Check out the HP Pro model and the HP Extreme model!

HP Extreme

The Lighthouse Docks and Boat Lifts

The Lighthouse Docks provides floating and semi-floating aluminum docks, docks on legs and wheels, gangway and platforms, and a wide range of boat, pontoon, rowboat and PWC lifts. They are also made in Canada! We are excited to be the official distributors for this line exclusively in Ontario.

Find out more about the Lighthouse dock models and lift models.

The Lighthouse Docks

Aqua-Tek Cleaning and Protection Solutions

The Aqua-Tek products received a make over! These cleaning and protection solutions are the best products to purchase alongside your new commercial inflatables!

Learn more about the Aqua-Tek Vinyl Scrub, Vinyl Guard, Impervium Subaqua and Slide Slicker. Each solution is offered in 1L or 4L bottles.

Aqua-Tek Vinyl Scrub

TRiB Digital airCap HR

airCap is a precise digital pressure gauge for your commercial inflatables. It is solar-powered and battery-free, which gives it an exceptionally long life as there is nothing to wear out. airCap HR features a settable beeper/alarm to warn the user for over-inflation due to temperature, perfect for water park owners! Learn more about it here.

TRiB airCap HR

Interested in learning more about these products, or getting a quote? Contact us or find a dealer near you!

Dock Trends for 2020

Making Your Dock a Deck

More waterfront property owners are using their docks as an outdoor entertainment space, and why wouldn’t you? Even when it’s too cold to take a boat out, your dock is a familiar, beautiful, and semi-private area for entertaining. You don’t need to clean up your house, which is always a plus. All it takes to create the perfect waterfront entertaining space is the right accessories. ShoreMaster has options like a dockside fire table for s’more-making and intimate conversations late into the night, and a selection of benches and other dockside furniture that can fit any budget or aesthetic. Finish your dock off with solar-powered lights for enjoying the outdoors long into the night, and you have the makings of a great outdoor entertaining space.

Larger Lifts for Larger Crafts

For a lot of watercraft owners, bigger is better. Jet skis and boats are gradually becoming bigger, and boat lifts have needed to become bigger and stronger to compensate for the changes. Even watercraft that are traditionally quite large, like pontoons, are becoming even larger, with some luxury models coming in at around 30 feet. The extra length, width, and weight of a larger craft needs more support than a standard lift can provide, and larger lifts are becoming more popular.

When investing in a boat lift, make sure that you choose one that’s designed for your watercraft. Be especially careful about the weight: your 4,000 pound craft might fit on a 4,000 pound lift, but that lift capacity doesn’t account for everything and everyone you bring aboard. An aluminum frame on a boat lift will resist corrosion and wear while being strong enough to lift your craft and lightweight enough for easy installation. ShoreMaster has a variety of pontoon and PWC lifts in different lengths, widths, and weight capacities for whatever craft you own or are looking to buy.

Customizable Module Systems

Shoreline property owners want their aluminum boat docks to reflect who they are and what they do on the water. Fully customizable layouts, a variety of accessories, and ease in installation and removal are all features that discerning customers want out of their boat docks.

ShoreMaster’s Infinity waterfront system gives aluminum boat dock owners maximum configurability and customization options thanks to its rail side system. Dock sections can be easily linked together in the perfect orientation, and all ShoreMaster accessories and furniture can attach and move anywhere along the perimeter of the dock without needing a lot of tools.

Stay Ahead of Trends with ShoreMaster

ShoreMaster has been in the business of high-quality boat docks and accessories for decades, but are constantly looking for new ways to make your waterfront stand out. They have the widest selection of accessories and equipment in the industry and are consistently engineering new innovations as the industry evolves. Whatever you do on the water, and however you do it, ShoreMaster can help you customize your dock to truly fit your needs. To start making your 2020 dock plans, contact At The Lake Distributing or find a ShoreMaster dealer in your area.

Read the original blog post on ShoreMaster’s website here.

How to Store your Boat Lift

Packing up your dock lift for the fall and winter is a big chore, but it doesn’t have to be a hassle. ShoreMaster makes it easy for seasonal boaters to remove their sectional aluminum boat docks and boat lifts from the water when the weather cools down. When it’s time for dock lift storage, make sure you stay safe and follow these tips from the waterfront equipment experts at ShoreMaster that apply to everyone putting their dock away for the season. 

Keep Your Dock Lift Out of the Water

Winterizing your boat lift is as easy as taking it out of the water. Leaving your boat lift in the water could result in damage from freezing conditions, especially if you live in an area where ice movement is common. A wheel kit from ShoreMaster can make boat lift removal as easy as rolling it out of the water, and your boat lift can easily sit on those wheels or its pads. Some lift owners will cover the motor, but this can sometimes result in more moisture damage when water gets in and can’t get out, so in general leave the motor, wheel, and winch uncovered. Other than that, there’s not much that you have to do. 

Watch the Top of Your Boat Lift Canopy in Storage

You don’t need to worry about the lift itself, but you should be mindful of your canopy when you put your dock lift in storage for the fall and winter. While your dock is still in the water, remove and wash your canopy cover and dry it completely before you put it in storage. While you can store your boat lift outside after taking it out of the water without disassembling it completely, be mindful of where you store it because the canopy might touch the trees.

Consider a Boat Lift Inspection

A local dealer can help you with boat lift inspections, and ideally, you should have one every three to five years. An inspection will involve checking the bolts, winch, power unit, bunks, cables, and guides, and while there is a fee the peace of mind and avoiding more expensive repairs in the future is worth the investment. Whether you fix your lift now or wait until spring, getting the inspection done in the fall will help save you time when the weather warms up and you just want to get back on the water.

Even if it’s not time for a full inspection from a dealer, this is a good time to look over your boat lift. A little bit of work now will make sure that your lift is ready to go when it comes time to take your boat out again in the spring. Make sure that your pulleys and cables are in good working order and all of the other components are free from wear and tear. If your lift requires greasing or oiling in the movable parts, this is a good time to apply it and check the bearings while you’re working on it. If you need replacement parts, it’s best to order them now: boating manufacturers will be busier in the spring and it takes longer to ship parts.

Boat Lift Storage Made Easy with ShoreMaster

Winterizing your dock setup is a part of any seasonal boat owner’s life, but that doesn’t mean you have to handle the job alone. A local waterfront equipment dealer can help you know what accessories you need to take advantage of your time on the water, but also help you with dock lift storage when the time comes to pack everything up for the fall and winter. Local dealers will know the water and weather in your area better than anyone, and a local ShoreMaster dealer will know which boat dock equipment and accessories will work best for your shoreline. Get in touch with a local ShoreMaster dealer to learn more.

Article from ShoreMaster.

Inflatables – Care & Maintenance for Storage

It’s that time of year again – time to put your water park and other inflatables away! It is important to make sure your items are properly stored, so you do not have any surprises when installing them next summer.

Here are some important things to remember when caring for your inflatables during the season:

  1. While your product has been initially treated with UV protectant, long-term exposure to sunlight will damage the product. Regularly apply a UV protectant to the exposed surface of the tube to ensure the life of your product. 
  2. Use of a high-pressure washer will damage the product and void the warranty. To clean, use a soft bristle brush with mild soap and fresh water. 303 UV Protectant contains a ‘safe for vinyl’ cleaner and can be used to clean and protect the product at the same time.
  3. Check the inflation of your tube often. Check for proper air pressure using a manometer. It may appear to have lost air early in the morning but will expand once the sun warms it. The maximum expansion will occur in the heat of the day. Proper inflation is critical to the safe operation of your product and will prolong
    damage from wear.

Here are good steps to follow when getting ready to store your inflatables for the colder months:

  1. Before storing, place the product on a clean, level area. Clean with mild soap and water and allow to dry completely.
  2. Remove all attachments and store in a sealed waterproof container (i.e. a plastic covered box or bin).
  3. Remove ALL of the air from the tube using the deflation end of the high output inflator/deflator.
  4. Fold the deflated tube in thirds then roll loosely.
  5. Store the product out of direct sunlight and protected from the environment in a clean, dry location. It is best to store inside a container with mothballs to prevent damage from rodents. NEVER store uncovered, in a damp location, or on a concrete surface! NEVER store at temperatures below 40 degrees F.

By following these important steps, you will be able to keep your inflatables for many more summers to come!

Mistakes When Using Your Boat Lift

No one wants to see their boat sinking or floating away, and losing it even before getting it out on the water can be embarrassing. Boat lifts are designed for specific weights and balancing. If you don’t follow the manufacturer’s instructions as well as common sense, you’re looking at a
boat in the water instead of on it. To keep you and your boat safe, ShoreMaster has some tips to avoid boat lift mistakes.

Never Exceed the Weight Capacity

Extensive testing goes into making sure a lift can support certain watercraft weights. Never ignore the results of these tests. Don’t assume a lift can support “a few extra pounds,” and if a salesperson tries to sell you a lift rated for even a pound less than your boat’s weight, find a different seller. At ShoreMaster, we have proper lifts for all types of watercraft, as well as lift canopies, motors and accessories. Our hydraulic lifts even come with a remote control for easy use.

Boaters also need to account for fuel, equipment, and anything else that will add weight to the boat. The listed poundage refers to the maximum weight of the craft without all the extras.
Give yourself plenty of wiggle room by pretending your boat weighs a couple hundred pounds more than it actually does.

Position the Boat Properly

Like with a rowboat in water, balance is essential. When a lift is rated, manufacturers are assuming the load will be balanced when the purchaser uses the lift. On a lift, a boat should be as equally balanced at the front as it is at the back. The left and right sides also should be centered. If the boat is properly balanced, you should not be able to raise the bow at all with your hands.

A boat that is too far back on the lift creates a light front — much like the imbalance of a 100- pound kid on one end of a seesaw with a 30-pound kid at the other end. Waves can easily wash up beneath the front and free the boat. Too much weight also creates additional strain on the cables; if the cables aren’t in perfect shape, they could break.

Although you should load the boat after it’s in the water, if you choose to load prior, distribute that load evenly.

Be Aware of Lifting Height

Do not try to raise the lift once it is fully raised. Continuing to crank the winch places stress on all parts of the mechanism, including pulleys and cables. This may cause damage or failure of any one of these components. Some winches automatically shut off when the lift reaches its maximum height. Make sure this mechanism works as part of the lift’s routine maintenance.

Proper Loading

It may seem easier to load a boat while it is not rocking on the waves, but anything loaded prior to the boat being in the water adds to the maximum weight for which the boat lift was designed. Loading on the water also helps you determine where the best weight distribution is to maintain balance on the watercraft. Lower the boat prior to adding things such as food, extra
rope, and other essentials and equipment.

If your lift isn’t functioning properly, it may be time to get a new one. ShoreMaster offers four lift models made from sturdy materials. We also have the quietest winches in the business. We’ll be happy to help you figure out which lift is best for your location and type of watercraft so you can avoid making any boat lift mistakes in the future.

How Do You Determine What Size Boat Lift You Need?

Congratulations, you’re in the market for a boat lift! This is an exciting next step to take as a boat owner — one that will make maintenance easier and protect your boat’s value in the long run. As you likely know by now, boat safety and quality are just two of the many reasons to buy a boat lift.

Once you’ve decided that you need a boat lift, the question becomes: How do you determine which size boat lift to get? Although there are many important factors to keep in mind, the two key points include:

  • Boat weight: Knowing the weight of your watercraft is important to determine the weight capacity needed for your boat lift. Along with the base dry weight of your boat (which can be found in your boat specification sheet), this also includes gas, batteries, water, storage, water sports equipment, and anything else you may put on your boat. We typically recommend adding a 20 percent safety margin here, and always sizing up when it comes to boat lift capacity.
  • Boat width: What is the style and beam of your boat? The beam is the widest portion of your boat, so your boat lift has to be able to accommodate that — plus a minimum of a four-inch cushion on either side. If you’re going to use guideposts on the lift, you’ll want at least a ten-inch cushion. The style of lift size you want will depend on the shape of your hull (V-Hull, Pontoon, V-Drive, etc.) draft of the boat, whether you have an inboard or outboard motor, and so on.

The best boat lift is whichever one works for your boat weight and width! Of course, there are also several others factors that will impact your boat lift decision. For example, the type of water your boat is in matters — is it a shallow lake shore or deep, fluctuating water in the gulf? Your answer will determine whether you need a standing or floating boat lift. Your dock location and shape can impact your boat lift choice as well.

At ShoreMaster, we recommend a welded aluminum boat lift for most scenarios. Why? Aluminum boat lifts offer ultimate stability and performance across waterfronts. Aluminum is a lightweight material, which means parts can be made thicker for added strength (without weighing the boat lift down). It also holds up well in different weather conditions and over time. Aluminum boat lifts are low maintenance and reliable — a win for every boat owner.

ShoreMaster offers the best boat lifts in the industry. We are pioneers of the aluminum boat lift, and we strive to provide our customers with top-of-the-line waterfront products. Our boat lifts and docks are built to last, no matter what the wind and waves throw their way!

To learn more about ShoreMaster boat lifts, contact our team with any boat lift capacity or specification questions.

ShoreMaster Aluminum Boat Lifts

A boat lift/hoist can help protect the investment you’ve made in your boat. Boats can be damaged by the elements and side effects of water level fluctuations, so keeping your boat out of the water when it’s not in use means easier maintenance and a longer life for your craft. ShoreMaster pioneered the aluminum boat lift, mastered the welded construction, and continuously improves on the premium components to ensure that boat owners get a stable, reliably performing product—no matter where they are or what the season is. These are the aluminum boat hoists that we have to offer.

Vertical Boat Lift

Our aluminum boat lifts have been providing quality performance for decades. Our vertical hoists are an easy choice for most watercraft owners and the most trusted lift in the industry. They feature dime-welded construction for durability, an eight-piece design for easy assembly and installation, the exclusive Whisper Winch for quiet operation, and a double v-side design for easy access to your boat.

Hydraulic Boat Lift

Hydraulic aluminum boat lifts are an option for boat owners who want convenience and speed. Push-button operation from the standard remote control operation means easy control. Our design is purely hydraulic, which means no cables or pulleys and a quiet, smooth operation. With minimal maintenance, hassle-free operation, and the superior performance and durability you expect from a ShoreMaster boat hoist and dock.

Pontoon Lift

Pontoon and triton owners are looking for something a little different than a traditional aluminum boat lift, and ShoreMaster can cover their needs as well. Our pontoon lifts have the dime-welded aluminum construction that makes all of our lifts durable and reliable, but are engineered, built, and tested for the pontoons of today. Along with a motorized option, Whisper Winch, and double v-side design, our pontoon lifts have wider and longer frames for a more stable platform for lifting, entering, and exiting your boat.

PWC Lift

ShoreMaster can help personal watercraft owners maintain their boats as well. The same reliability, stability, and performance in all of our other aluminum boat lifts is available for smaller watercraft as well. Access your watercraft easily with a double v-side design, and add a boat lift motor for push-button operation.

Lift Accessories

The right accessories can not only make your boat lift and dock look great, but give it functionality as well. ShoreMaster offers the widest variety of accessories for your dock and boat lift, allowing you the opportunity to truly customize your waterfront experience. Among these accessories are the vinyl and aluminum bunks that are designed to help you safely store your watercraft on your boat lift. They’re crafted from durable aluminum and non-marring vinyl, they rinse clean, and offer superior protection for your watercraft. For more protection for your watercraft, consider a canopy frame and cover to tuck your boat away from the elements.

Boat Lifts, Docks, and More from ShoreMaster

When you’re looking for an aluminum boat lift, ShoreMaster is the place to look. We’re experts in boating life and docks and know how important a quality dock is to your waterfront. We can help you create a customized dock with accessories and a boat lift that you can trust will retain its quality throughout its entire life. For more information about what we offer, contact us.

Spring Dock Installation Tips

Spring is a great time to get your dock installed if you’re boating in the north. ShoreMaster started in Minnesota, so they understand the impact of all four seasons on your waterfront life. Whether you’re a seasonal installation pro or just getting started, we have some dock installation tips to help the process go smoothly so you can spend more time having fun on the water when the weather warms up.

Choose Easy Assembly

Tearing down your dock system in the fall and putting it up in the spring can be a lot of work, but it doesn’t have to be if you choose a dock system that’s easy to assemble by hand. ShoreMaster sectional and wheel-in docks have lightweight and durable welded aluminum frames that make installation quick and easy — as few as two people can walk sections of the dock out into the water and connect them (and the more the merrier, but please don’t try to assemble anything by yourself!). ShoreMaster docks also have removable decking and Infinity frame connections that let you snap pieces together in any configuration, so your dock plans can be flexible year after year.

Keep an Eye on the Water Level

Melting snow, rain, and other springtime weather conditions can impact how deep your water is, so another ShoreMaster dock installation tip is to find a dock system with an adjustable height to accommodate changes in depth. The tallest waves shouldn’t hit your dock frame while it’s in the water, so keep that in mind when you’re measuring. ShoreMaster docks have 18-inch leg pockets that allow you to easily adjust the height of your dock in fluctuating water.

Think About Storage

You don’t need to take up your entire backyard, shed, garage, or shoreline with dock parts in the offseason. ShoreMaster docks are as easy to remove as they are to install, whether you have a wheel-in or standing dock, which makes your annual tear-down easier. Once the decking and dock legs are removed, the dock section frames easily stack on one another until the next time you need to get them out.

Don’t Skip Quality or Stability

Among the best dock installation tips is to install a dock that you’re proud to own and that will outlast and outperform other docks. ShoreMaster docks are high quality and expertly engineered to give you hassle-free, convenient, and low-maintenance ownership for the life of your dock system. Our docks also feature five-sided dock legs, larger pass-through foot pads, ultimate configurability, and other exclusive features that help you get the most out of your system. There’s a reason we’re an industry leader in performance and stability for sectional dock systems, and while the seasons might change, our commitment to superior products won’t.

A ShoreMaster Product for All Seasons

Wherever you do your boating, ShoreMaster has the products, accessories, and expertise that can help you make your boat dock dreams a reality. Make your boat dock the truly customized outdoor space it should be, and enjoy ShoreMaster’s easy installation and quality products sure to last from season to season. Get in touch with us for your dock options and dock installation tips, or to find a ShoreMaster dealer near you!

Fixed Docks Versus Floating Docks: Which is Better?

Fixed docks, floating docks, or no dock? What exactly are your boat dock options, and how do you decide which type of dock is best for your needs?

Well, right away, we can eliminate no dock! If you’re reading this article, then you are likely a boat owner who needs a boat dock. Not only do docks store your boat and keep it safe, but they also provide a great way to enjoy the water — from fishing off the dock to watching the sunset from your lakeside bench.    

ShoreMaster TS9 Wheel-In Dock

Fixed docks are the conventional dock structure used across waterfronts. Their solid dock structure helps keep your boat in place. If you purchase a property that already has a fixed dock, it’s likely that you have maintenance dock plans to keep up with and the dock will remain a focal point of your waterfront property. However, if you don’t have a property with a dock already in place, many fixed docks allow for easy installation, disassembly, and movement. At ShoreMaster, our aluminum fixed dock (Infinity TS9 and RS4 model) systems make this possible with welded aluminum frames and QuickConnect section attachments.

Our sectional standing docks will destroy the notion that fixed docks are cumbersome, immovable objects. ShoreMaster fixed docks even allow for easy height adjustments: with our 18” leg pockets, you can move the height of your dock up or down based on fluctuating water levels. It’s important to note that when installing a fixed dock, you need to be aware of local ordinances. You may have to file for a permit in order to place your dock in the below sediment, which can be a time-consuming process.  

Depending on your dock plans and needs, a floating dock may be more beneficial. Floating docks can be placed in both shallow and deep water, as well as on shore fronts that have fluctuating water levels based on tides. Floating docks give owners the freedom to design their dock in many different configurations — allowing your inner dock artist to come out! They’re user-friendly and can be adjusted and added to quickly and easily. If you have floating dock plans in mind, you’ll be happy to hear that permitting is a simpler process because they don’t impact the sediment.   

PolyDock Floating System

At ShoreMaster, our floating dock systems (FTS9 and PolyDock) are the leading docks of their kind based on industry standards. We stand by our floating docks and ensure that they are able to withstand varying elements based on the Hunt Absorption Test. In periods of stormy weather, for example, floating docks require less maintenance compared to fixed docks. In fact, fixed docks may be damaged and need replacement parts or may even become submerged due to changing water levels, which leads to electrical malfunctions. Most of those costing repair scenarios can be avoided with floating docks. Our floating dock systems can easily be moved prior to storms or the winter season, providing you with peace of mind and less boat dock stress.

Whether you have fixed or floating dock plans, we have dock systems that will work for you. Please contact us for a quote, or to locate a ShoreMaster dealer near you.