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.

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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.

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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.