How to Choose the Right PWC Port

If you’re a new personal watercraft (PWC) or waterfront property owner, nothing beats a fun day riding around the lake during the summer. While riding around the lake is a blast, pulling the jet ski out of water is a tedious chore that nobody wants to do if they don’t have to. Fortunately, there’s a solution to storing your PWC that will leave it high and dry, and out of corrosive water. The EZ Port! The EZ Port series by EZ Dock is the market leader in PWC ports due to it’s ease of use, protection, and durability.

Why You Need A Jet Ski Port

Owning a lift for your personal watercraft is essential to protecting the investment value because it keeps the PWC in the original condition that it was in as the day you bought it. By taking a jet ski out of water after each use, you eliminate the long term problems that are associated with leaving a jet ski in the water. Over time a jet ski will get hull damage by rubbing and banging up against a dock when the wind picks up and the weather worsens. Water will also fade paint on the hull over time due to the acidity in unpurified water minerals. While both of these are cosmetic damage that can lead to a big problem later, they will decrease the value of the jet ski and make it look old quick. People want to keep their PWC shiny and new, and have it last a long time. Water will also damage the internal parts of a jet ski, causing them to rust and gunk up quick if constantly submerged. So a quick way to make your jet ski look old and not run right is to leave it in the water.

A PWC lift or jet ski port will suspend your jet ski out of water, allowing it to be safely stored in a dry location. There are many models of jet ski port on the market including standard crank lifts, foam-filled polyethylene ports, or even wooden lifts but none compare to the EZ Port series. With plenty of adjustable rollers, getting in and out of the water with an EZ Port is as simple as rolling on and sliding off.

How EZ Port Compares to Competition

While the market is full of competing PWC lifts, none offer the durability and ease-of-use as EZ Dock. There’s still EZ Ports from 25+ years ago in the water today! The two most common PWC lifts are stationary and floating. A stationary lift will sit in the water in a fixed location and typically requires a wheel to crank the PWC in and out of the water. Instead of spending time cranking, EZ Port owners are able to use the built-in adjustable rollers to pull on and slide off. EZ Ports face much more competition when compared against floating PWC lifts. A floating PWC lift rises and lowers with the water level, perfect for bodies of water with a lot of fluctuation.

The competition to the EZ Port all lacks a key feature in one way or another. For example, most PWC lift manufacturers also fill their product with marine foam. A foam-filled PWC port will hold up for a couple of years, but after a while they will start to get warped and the plastic will bubble. Those bubbles will fill with water, causing the port to slowly start to sink. Another negative factor of foam is the harm to the environment caused when the beads start to leak. EZ Ports are all hollow and constructed out of durable polyethylene, meaning they will hold up for decades. Another advantage EZ Ports have when it comes to durability is the single unit one piece construction. Some competitors offer their set ups in modular cubes or sections that need to be coupled together. The problem with these designs is the pressure put on them by bending and conforming to the weight of the hull of a PWC. Over time the links will weaken and eventually snap leading to expensive repairs. EZ Port offers the user the most durable construction while being the easiest to use.

Picking the Right EZ Port for Your Lift

Much like there are different sizes and models of PWC, EZ Port offers three different lifts. The EZ Port MAX 2i, the current industry standard, is designed for larger three seat PWCs and features 12 adjustable rollers that can be shaped to match the hull of a PWC. For smaller 2 seat PWC, the EZ Port VXP is designed to accommodate any brand of shorter PWC with a weight limit of up to 1,300 lbs. The newest offering, the EZ Port 280, will be 80″ wide with an additional 10″ walk space compared to the MAX 2i. While the choice may be a little confusing, you can find out more about the different models here.

If you’re interested in an EZ Port, or have any questions regarding PWC lifts feel free to reach out to our team of experts. We’ll work with you to determine the PWC you own and the right lift that fits your needs. As always, you can also call to talk to your local EZ Dock dealer at (800) 654-8168.

The Best Materials For Building A Boat Dock

Designing a boat dock can be intimidating with all the choices you need to make to get the perfect dock for you. The main goal is to design a dock that will last as long as possible that will also fit your needs. One of the biggest factors in deciding how long your dock will last before needing repaired of replaced is the material it is constructed out of. Today we’ll discuss the different materials used for building boat docks and the benefits of each one.

Different Types of Boat Dock Materials

Wood

Wood is one of the two most common materials used for boat docks. If you’re on a budget, wood is by far the cheapest option you will find to build your dock out of. A lot of major hardware stores and marine suppliers even sell dock kits for you to build your own wooden dock. These normally include all hardware needed to fasten and secure the dock, all that would be needed is the wood.

The major disadvantage to owning a wooden dock is it’s short lifetime and all the maintenance that comes with it. Water and wood don’t work well with each other, and over time wood will begin to rot and splinter after several years of being exposed to the water. Wood is treated with chemicals to help resist water absorption, but over time that protective layer will fade away. The average life time of a wood boat dock is between 10 and 15 years. The different types of wood can also increase the life of a dock if a timber such as cedar is used. Great upkeep and maintenance, such as replacing individual boards as needed, will increase the life of the dock. Wood is a good option for budgets, but won’t last as long as other materials.

Steel

The next most common material option for boat docks is steel. Steel is a heavy, durable material that can withstand heavier loads of pressure from waves and traffic than wood. The tensile strength of steel allows it to bend and turn then return to it’s original form. This makes steel a better dock material for community docks or areas with more boat traffic. It is the strongest material that you can make a dock out of. As expected, such superior strength comes with an increase in price.

There are also some disadvantages with steel. The biggest concern you’ll have with steel is rust. As with wood, steel over time will degrade when exposed to wet conditions. To combat this and expand the life of a dock we dip steel dock frames into a mixture of molten zinc to give it a protective layer against corrosion. This process is called hot-dipped galvanization. The average life time of a steel dock is around 50 years. Compared to wood, steel is a far superior option.

Aluminum

Another form of metal that is great for docks is Aluminum. It is a lightweight material that has nearly the same strength as steel. The greatest thing about aluminum compared to steel is the resistance to corrosion. Aluminum doesn’t lose its strength while in the water oxidizing, meaning it lasts considerably longer than steel and requires next to no maintenance. However, aluminum is more expensive than steel. The lifespan of aluminum is higher than steel, so you’re looking at around 65+ years of use with this material. If you’re looking for a durable, cool-to-the-touch, lightweight material then aluminum is the best option for you.

Polyethylene (EZ Dock)

A great material for the water that will never rot, splinter, or rust is plastic. Plastic, such as polyethylene, can be used to create durable, floating dock sections that will last longer than any of the materials listed above. It features the durability and longevity of aluminum, without the high price. In addition to its durability, EZ Dock sections also offer flexibility when it comes to design and budget. With EZ Dock, you’re able to expand, reconfigure, or remove sections of your dock with ease. No other material offers this flexibility in the design. You also won’t have to worry about decking and floats with EZ Dock, so it’s pretty budget friendly compared to the other options. Overall if you are looking for a dock with the least amount of headaches that will last the longest, then EZ Dock is your option.

If you’re interested in building a new boat dock, or have any questions regarding the materials discussed in this blog feel free to reach out to our team of experts for more information. We’ll make sure to understand all of your needs and come up with the perfect solution for you!

The Top 5 Accessories Dock Owners Need

Owning a boat dock serves more than just one function besides being a stable platform to get in and out of your boat. There are many activities and fun to be had on the water, but some can be difficult if they aren’t the first thing in mind when designing a dock. Some people don’t think about having a ladder as an access point for swimming for example. Today we’re going to look at some great accessories a boat dock owner needs to get the most out of their dock!

EZ Dock System Equipped with Many Accessories

1. EZ Dock Bench Kit

On a platform where so much action is performed, maybe there should be a spot to rest for a little inaction? Look no further than the EZ Dock Bench Kit. Featuring two polyethylene planks that will never rot, splinter, or rust, the bench kit from EZ Dock is a great investment for people that just love to spend time outside soaking up sun! This kit can come included with armrests with built-in drink holders too! The EZ Dock bench kit will make your dock the hot spot to go relax.

2. EZ Dock Swim Ladder

For those that love to get in the water for a dip, the EZ Dock Swim Ladder makes getting in and out easy and safe. Getting in the water is hardly a problem for swimmers, but without an access point it can be difficult. Mostly people with a lot of upper body strength are going to be able to pull themselves up onto a dock, and it’s a pretty unsafe method of doing so. With the EZ Dock swim ladder, everyone is able to safely get themselves in and out of the water. The ladder has no exposed hardware, and is capable of a weight capacity of up to 400 lbs.

3. EZ Dock Pocket Filler Lights

With this great accessory your dock becomes more than just the go-to spot during the day, but it will also become the hot spot at night! EZ Dock Pocket Filler Lights fit right into the pockets on an EZ Dock meaning there’s really no installation required. These solar lights are a great way for you to light your dock up and not worry about wiring and electricity.

4. 8″ Nylon Cleats

The main purpose of a boat dock is to have a place to safely and securely store your boat. Without a way of keeping it anchored and secure, it’s going to float away. With our nylon cleats, you’ll have a method of tying up your boat so you’ll know exactly where it will be the next time you come to look for it. EZ Dock nylon cleats are simple to install, just simple screw the 2 screws down to hold it in place!

5. EZ Dock Bumper Kit

Some boaters overlook the protection needed to keep their dock and boat safe from weather and wind damage. Without bumper or some other form of protection, wind will cause a boat to be blown into a dock where waves will cause it to repeatedly crash into the dock causing damage to both the dock and the hull of the boat. Thankfully, EZ Dock bumper is easy to install with only a few screws, and provides a large barrier of protection to help keep your boat and dock good as new!

If you’re interested in more of EZ Dock’s accessories be sure to check out our accessory page here. We offer much more than what’s listed in this blog including several storage box options. If you’re curious as to what would be the best solution for your dock, reach out to our team of experts and we’ll gladly assist you with any questions you may have. If you’re interested in a new dock solution, look no further than EZ Dock! Call today to find out about the best modular dock system currently on the market today at (800) 654-8168.

Best Water Features for Camps and Parks

Every dock has a different layout depending on its use. A dock can just be used for accessing your boat, but there are so many other activities out on the water! It’s always important to have the activities that you plan on doing kept in mind when buying a new dock. Activities such as fishing, swimming, and kayaking are just a few fun activities that are needed for summer camps and parks to enjoy more of what their waterfront has to offer.

Enjoying a nice kayak ride is a great way to spend a day in the summer!

The Top 3 Waterfront Features for Parks and Summer Camps

Most people would choose to spend a hot summer day out on the water if they could, in our opinion. Summer Camps and Parks love to offer kids and families a chance to experience the fun on the water, but they often don’t lack the proper dock layout for all the activities. A good dock layout plans on the activities that it will be used for, such as a fishing pier for catching fish. Here are some great ideas for dock layouts that will greatly benefit your summer camps and public parks.

1. Swimming Platform

If you’re on a lake or pond, or any other body of water that has little flow and fluctuation, then a swimming platform is a great idea. It allows for campers to be able to jump in and out of the water with ease. The great thing about swimming platforms is they’re pretty budget friendly! Platforms can also feature addons such as a waterslide. A swim platform is a great investment that will increase your swimming activity on your water for many years.

2. Kayak and Canoe Launch

Kayaking is another popular summer activity, with many people paddling up and down lakes and rivers. Most kayakers will know, getting into your kayak or canoe from a dock that’s high above the water is no easy task. Fortunately, EZ Dock offers many great kayak launch options. These allow for kayakers to safely enter and launch their kayak with ease. Plus there’s no risk of them falling into the water! There’s other methods for allowing kayaking access as well, such as having a low profile dock. With a dock close to the water height, these dock sections are great for small boating activities and they’re great for rowing teams!

3. Fishing Piers

Having a public fishing access is a great feature for parks and camps to offer those that don’t own a boat, but love the water. If you’re interested in a fishing pier it’s best to consult your local marine construction expert for planning and design. They’ll help determine what solution works best to allow people to access the water without having to get in.

Keeping Your Waterfront Safe with ADA

While your dock is being installed, make sure you keep the safety of your users in mind. As always, make sure the right anchoring method is used to ensure that your dock is stable and secure. Make sure your swim platform is far out and deep enough that nobody will get hurt if they jump in.

If you’re interested in a new dock for your summer camp or public park, look no further than the easiest solution available: EZ Dock! EZ Dock is a modular dock system that can be shaped into any type of configuration. Not only is it easy to adapt, but it’s also durable! With a lifetime rating of up to 60 years, EZ Dock will be the maintenance free solution your park or camp needs. For more information, feel free to contact us.

How to Design Your Perfect Dock Layout

Picking the right layout for your dock that will fit all your needs is a difficult challenge. When purchasing a new dock, you’ll want to begin with knowing what you’ll use the dock for. Is it a dock used for storing your boat? Or is it just going to be a fishing and swimming platform? These are the things you’ll need to know before you begin to layout your dock. Luckily with EZ Dock, your needs will be covered no matter what application you intend to use your dock for.

How to Choose the Right Dock Layout

When picking your dock layout, the first thing you’ll want to consider is the size. You’ll want to know the general area of the dock, meaning the length and width that will fit the space you have in the water. You’ll also need to know how far out you will want your dock to be in the water, which will be determined by the size of gangway you select. If you have any restrictions on how far out in the water your dock can be, you’ll want to make sure you fall within those limits. If you own any boats or personal watercraft, then request that your dock has the proper amount of slips to accommodate storing those. Determining the size and shape your dock will be is most important aspect of planning.

Swim Platform

Features and Accessories

After considering what your dock will look like, also plan what features you may want to go with it. If you want your dock to be used for swimming, you may consider adding a swim ladder. For fishing, adding a outer railing may give some comfort and protection. A bench can be added for allowing your dock some leisure. There are many other accessories you can add to your dock to help improve the use you get out of it. These accessories include dock boxes, boat bumpers, solar lights, fish cleaning stations, and more. Speak with your local EZ Dock dealer or browse our latest catalogs here if you’re interested in learning more about accessories.

Plan Your Installation

When you’ve finalized your dock design, it’s time for it to get purchased and put into the water. You’ll first have to decide if you want the dock professional installed, which is always our recommendation, or to do it yourself. A professional installation is always guaranteed by our expert team to be high quality and of working order. Our team will decide what anchoring method best fits your body of water. Anchoring is an overlooked aspect of the design process, generally because the hard planning of the layout is already over. However, anchoring is one of the most important because you want your dock to be steady and secure for many years to come. With EZ Dock, the easiness of installation can be completed by anyone that has basic construction skills such as using an impact, drill, and pipe wrench. The hardest part of self-installations is getting the heavy dock sections into the water, which will generally require a extra set of hands or two. After installation is complete, it’s time to get out and enjoy the water!

Build the Perfect Dock that Fits Your Needs with EZ Dock

There are many options you can go with when choosing the material your dock will be constructed out of. The most reliable, easy-to-use choice is with the modular dock sections of EZ Dock! With EZ Dock, you have a dock that is as durable as any other material such as steel, with the added bonus of versatility. Your dock has the ability to be expanded on to at any time with EZ Dock sections, which gives you the flexibility of designing your dock in phases to save on costs. If you’re interested in purchasing a new dock, request a free quote today and our team of experts will contact you shortly to decide what you need. You can also give us a call at (800) 654-8168.