Learning how to build an aluminum boat dock can make your overall fishing experience better when you visit your campground or use it year-round on your lake-front property. An aluminum boat dock will hold up to the abuses of the elements extremely well and requires very little maintenance. An aluminum boat dock is easy to build with the right manpower, time, and patience. If you’re ready to construct your very own aluminum boat dock, let’s take a look at the list of items you’ll need.
To build your very own aluminum boat dock, you’ll need the following items:
- Tape measure
- Aluminum sheets
- Electric drill
- Screws & washers
- Install your supports. The first step in constructing your very own aluminum boat dock will be constructing the support system. Many readers may associate an aluminum boat dock with being built with metal pipes for support beams. While this is a viable option for some, most of us don’t have the necessary man-power to do this. A quick fix for this problem is to use empty, air-filled barrels as supports for your aluminum boat dock. Make sure that each barrel will adequately float to support your needs before tying it to your other barrels. Tie these barrels in sets of fours using chains. If you use more than one set of barrels tied together, make sure that you tie each of these sets together.
- Cut out our aluminum. The second step to constructing your aluminum boat dock will be measuring the surface area of your barrels. This surface area will be the length and width that you use to cut your aluminum sheets to. Once you’ve cut your aluminum sheets to the surface area that your barrels cover, place this aluminum sheet on top of your barrels.
- Connect the pieces. Make sure that you use caution with this final step. Don’t attempt to stand on top of your barrels and aluminum sheet while trying to connect them to each other. Also, don’t attempt this step while your boat dock is in the water! Use your electric drill with screws and washers to drill through your aluminum top to reach the barrels. Use a popular water sealer around the areas where you drill into your barrels to prevent any leaks. After you have your top sheet connected, build an aluminum box around the sides of your barrels and underneath your barrels to prevent any of them from escaping. This enclosure doesn’t need to be fancy, just something suitable enough to keep your barrels in place.
After completing these steps, you’ll have your very own aluminum boat dock. There are also a couple of ways to further customize your aluminum boat dock. While using your scrap aluminum, you can install fence posts that are placed along the sides of your aluminum boat dock. Use some spare chains to connect the areas between these posts. You should also stake your aluminum boat dock to the shoreline using your leftover chains and stakes. The advantage of this system is you can move your boat dock if you’d like to or need to during a flood! After you’re done with your project, get out there and enjoy your new aluminum boat dock!
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