How Much Does It Cost to Build a Boat Dock?


The cost to construct a boat dock averages $14,275. Most jobs cost between $3,173 and $25,306.

Prefabricated or constructed types of docks are priced as low as $1,000,while high-quality permanent boat docks run between $50,000 and $75,000. Boat dock pricing varies depending on the kind,quality and the difficulty of installation. Choosing a prefabricated,aluminum floating dock,or a permanent wood and concrete version affects your job cost. Option and budget depend on water depth,climate,location,and fresh or saltwater program. A Pro can help you select the right dock for your needs. Ultimately,this determines the complete project price.

No matter program,our fabricated aluminum constructions will not crack like concrete,rust like steel or rot like wood. Due to aluminum’s natural protective coating and corrosion resistance,our marine-grade aluminum reduces,and in many cases,eliminates maintenance requirements.

Cost to Build a Dock

A floating dock costs between $15 to $35 per square foot,depending on the choice of decking. This includes the pier and labor to install. Prefabricated aluminum types,the most affordable,come in at $1,500. It is constructed by putting decking over airtight barrels,drums or marine floats.

Piling dock construction and installation runs $20 to $40 per square foot. Machinery drives or jets pilings,generally 10″-12″ in diameter,into the lakebed. Piling docks are permanent and durable if maintained correctly and can be customized into boathouses,gazebos and celebration decks.

Crib docks cost $10,000 to $50,000 or more. These are assembled by filling one or more square wooden”cribs” with large rocks,then capping with a deck. They are essentially small,synthetic islands which you could connect to one another and the coast with decking.

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The Price of Your Dock Depends on The Accessories You Want

Dock Floatation

Decking and floatation options will be the design options that have the most impact on dock cost. When considering what option is best for your job,you should think about the balance between cost,length of life and stability. If you’re more of a visual learner,check out our floatation video series: Floating Dock Overview,Pontoon Float and complete Float.

The most economical choice is poly-tub floatation. We source the best poly-floats from the marine business to incorporate into our floating docks. Poly-floats are made from a plastic shell (polyethylene to be exact) with polystyrene foam core (poly-‘sty’-rene as in’sty’-rafoam). Because plastic fractures and polystyrene can be easily compromised,these floats typically need to be replaced several times during a GatorDock’s long service life.

The next two float options offer an excellent boost in both the shell and the center of the float. The Pontoon Float and the complete Float,designed and built at Gator,feature an all-aluminum shell which provides a rugged armor for harsh marine environments. The center is expertly-injected polyurethane foam,far more dense and durable compared to polystyrene and can stand up to chemicals often found in marine environments such as boat fuel. The Pontoon Float system combines several Pontoon capped-culverts along the bottom of the pier,whereas the complete Float is one large base for a dock section. Because the complete Float cohesively covers the majority of a dock deck,it provides more stability than our lasting Pontoon Float. The aluminum shell and dependable core of these two float types are an increase to the bottom line,but also offer a longer,more stable,service life and much lower maintenance requirements.

Dock Fenders & Bumpers

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Dock 101: Fenders protect the pier and bumpers protect the boats. We’ve got several options to choose from to protect your dock and boats. Select pine,Ipe hardwood or composite wood to your fenders,or blend the purpose of a dock and fender into one by picking a UHMW fender. This lasting fender is an increase in cost but a great addition to high traffic boat ramps that need additional protection. Our bumpers come in two size/shape combinations — the ‘P’ bumper and ‘D’ bumper. The ‘P’ bumper,shaped like its name,is our smaller bumper that attaches to the fender’s side. The larger’D’ bumper covers more area and extends farther for additional impact protection. This bumper attaches in two places,the side and top,of the fender.

Utilities & Lighting for Your Dock

The E-channel frame and deck structure located on both GatorDock piers and floating docks can accommodate utilities up to 2″ in diameter. Our design engineers can create custom utility bays for clients with larger needs in that area. All we will need to accommodate that request is a utility map and job specifications. These incorporated utility paths allow for water,electricity and other needs to enhance the design of your marina or dock system.

Many of our marine access systems (that is a fancy term for docks and piers) do not incorporate railing. Although,one of our favorite designs does: The Gator Fishing Pier. There is nothing better than being on the water and fishing on a beautiful day. The Gator Fishing Rail is loved by fishermen of all sizes and ability. The bait shelf is a convenient place to place a tackle box or a beer,while the angled top rail is a comfortable place to lean against or break a fishing rod. Check out a timeless GatorDock fishing pier at the St. Marks case study.

Dock Construction Prices

Construction often include labor in the project quote. According to a homeowner reports,labor accounts for roughly half of the complete price. So the average job of $10,000 includes $5,000 in labor or $50 per linear foot. The average pier runs between $15 to $35 per square foot. But with high-end substances like exotic hardwoods or concrete,you can easily double that cost. Expect to pay anywhere from 20% to 50% more on a aluminum frame with composite decking than you would on a wooden one. It is also possible to combine aluminum framing with aluminum,wood planks or grates,or plastic for various budgets.