Boat dock accessories add a nice touch to your dock. It’s possible to have a dock without all the accessories but I can tell you that you will get much more joy out of your dock if you purchase at least some of the bells and whistles.
One boat dock accessory I would recommend getting is a dock ladder. This is an important accessory because it helps those who use your dock to be a bit safer than they would without one. Children sometimes like to jump off boat docks and go swimming. This is fine, but if you don’t have a ladder for them to climb up on they may get hurt trying to get back onto the dock. Boat dock ladders can also make other activities easier for you such as working on your boat or tying your boat to the dock when the waters are rough.
Another good boat dock accessory that is good to have is boat dock bumpers. If your boat is important to you and my guess it is, then you are going to want to protect it at all costs. The paint of a boat can get really scuffed up if you don’t have boat dock bumpers. These bumpers can also help when folks are getting on and off of your boat by making the transition smooth for them. Boat bumpers act a lot like car bumpers.
Dock floats are a great way to keep your boat from being totally submerged into the water and therefore helping to keep it new as long as you possibly can. Sometimes the paint on boats can prematurely rot if you don’t keep the boat from being submerged deeply in the water. Dock floats can keep this from happening.
Not all of these boat dock accessories are necessary but if you want to make your boat dock the best that it can be, it is a good idea to purchase most or all of them. It is likely if you have a boat and live on the lake that you will have family and friends over on a regular basis to use your dock and your boat, so why not make it a great place to be for everyone involved.
You can even purchase boat dock accessories that are frivolous such as lights for the beatification of your dock and slides for all to enjoy. You may end up being the talk of the lake if you go all out and bling out your dock as much as you possibly can. I am sure your neighbors and friends will be envious of your boat dock and you may find that you have more “friends” than you know what to do with.
To learn more about building a pier, check out these helpful resources:
• Wickcraft offers boat dock walkways that are easy to install.
• View some beautiful boat tracks here for inspiration.
• Learn more about the technology behind floating boat piers here.
• Get a total guide on how to build a boardwalk here.