How to Properly Use A Public Boat Ramp

During the boating season, public boat ramps are a high traffic area that can be a little intimidating to new lake goers. Frustration usually runs high on the public boat ramp due to long waits and owners wanting to ensure they safely get their boat in and out of the water. If you have someone that doesn’t know what they are doing take up the ramp, it’s going to back up traffic and increase frustration. Today we’re going to go over some guidelines to make sure you have an easy and stress-free launching process.

How to Use A Public Boat Ramp

Using a public boat ramp is actually a simple process once you’ve gotten the hang of it. Most boat ramps are a big parking lot, so there is plenty of room to park somewhere to make sure your boat is ready for the ramp. Check the drain plug and make sure the motor and battery are working before getting to the ramp to help prevent a clog at the ramp.

When ready to launch your boat, back up straight until your boat’s motor is just deep enough in the water for you to back off the trailer into it. It really helps if you have someone with you during this process, but it can be done by yourself. Once you’re all set in the water, tie off to an area out of the way while you go park your vehicle.

Pulling your boat out of water is a bit more difficult than getting it in, but the process is very similar. Back your trailer into the water where the boat will be able to drive up onto it. On your boat, slowly throttle forward until you are pulled up on the trailer and your motor is barely in the water. Strap your boat down then crank up the winch to pull it out of the water the rest of the way.

Proper Public Boat Ramp Etiquette

There are a few things to keep in mind while using the boat ramp to be mindful of others. As stated earlier, tempers usually run hot at the boat ramp so do what you can to avoid an unnecessary confrontation. Some things to make sure you do while using the ramp include:

  • Make sure your boat is running properly before putting it in the water.
  • Stay in your lane to avoid hogging the boat ramp all to yourself. Remember others are using it too.
  • Don’t take all day getting set and prepared at the ramp. Quickly use it to launch your boat and secure it.

If you are respectful of those around you, everything should be fine. It doesn’t matter if you take a little time or not as long as others have a chance to get their boat in and out of the water and they aren’t affected by you.

By keeping this information about using a boat ramp in mind, your trips to the lake will go smoothly! If you’re interested in EZ Dock feel free to contact us, or give us a call at (800) 654-8168. Our team of dock experts will work with you to design the perfect solution for your needs.

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.