Dock accessories can include dock wheels for moveable docks and dock floats. There are also hand railings and steps, dock lighting as well as shop carts to get your items from the shore to your dock.
Piling caps are available in white and black in sizes ranging from six inches to twelve and one-half inches (in one-half inch increments). They are made of polymer and are mildew and UV resistant for longevity in harsh outdoor environments. These pilings caps are no friends of the birds and roosting will be inhibited with the addition of these piling caps. Caps come in square, round and cone shapes.
Begin with the type of material you want for your cleat – nylon (usually black or white), galvanized, zamak, zinc, aluminum, etc. Next the configuration – regular or soft point (ends) and open (also called hollow or Herreshoff) or closed base or mooring rings. Some are more of a flat design and some concave. There are also new designs with flip up or pull up cleats that stay recessed until you need them, kwik grip cleats, lift eye ring cleat, solar features and zig zag or S cleat designs.
A dock box can add function as well as style to your dock area keeping everything organized and secured. Made of fiberglass or polyethylene , these heavy duty boxes come in a variety of color and sizes to meet your needs.
The function of dock edging is to protect both your boat and your dock from the repeated impact of docking. Straight bumpers, edge guard or dock edging provide cushioning along the dock straight-aways. There are also products that are designed especially for corners, edges and posts. They are made of closed cell foam, some with polyester fabric covering; of molded vinyl; rubber or PVC. Inflatable dock wheels offer cushioning and allow you to adjust the level of firmness as needed. These help to guide your boat into the slip.
These hose holders can mount on a surface to keep hoses free and untangled and come with or without the faucet. They can hold hoses from 50 feet in length or up to 100 feet. Stanchion holders come in the same specifications, but in a 29 inch stanchion configuration.
Ice eaters or de-icers are designed to break up ice whether mounted at a dock or piling, either vertical or angled. Most work in both fresh or salt water. Some feature thermostats for unattended applications. Many also include mooring ropes.
Dock ladder choice can include the following specifications:
- Number of steps as well as various rung or step widths are available.
- Types include Straight, Lifting or Flip-Up (designed to be raised when not in use), Wide Swing (allowing ladder to swing up and back keeping entire ladder out of the water) or Finger Pier (no “hoop handles” over the dock but a intrusion onto the dock instead).
- Materials are usually marine grade aluminum and TIG welded for strength
When you look for quality dock lines think strength, flexibility, UV protection for color retention and a quality material to resist against abrasion, oil and mildew. Most are spliceable and come with a loop integrated into the end. You will find dock line sin nylon, MFP and Poly in double braid, three strand, solid or diamond braid and hollow braid (the lightest duty).