Parts of a Dock

By Tommy Doc

Depending on the style and function of a particular dock, the parts may vary. Floating docks require different types of parts than a fixed pier or a tie-off piling-style dock.

Pilings

Pilings are the necessary support system of a fixed pier. Pilings are usually made of wood or steel and are driven into the ground or rock below the water.

Buoys

For floating docks, large buoys or buoyant material must be placed under the dock in order to create a weight-bearing surface.

Tie-Off Piling

Tie-off pilings are a single piling used to anchor boats in position, but do not provide a walking or weight-bearing surface to stand on.

Eye Bolts

Eye bolts are used to connect separate sections of dock to one another using steel rods.

Lifts

Some dock pilings have mechanical lifts placed on the outer pilings to lift up boats from high wake areas or winter weather.

About the Author

Tommy Doc is a 2007 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and an aspiring Internet entrepreneur. He was the sports editor for "The Pennsylvania Independent" while attaining his bachelor's degree in communications and environmental science. Doc is from Atlantic City, N.J. but has lived in Philadelphia, San Diego, New York and currently resides in Austin, Texas.