Far North Fiberglass are international agents for one of the world's largest floating dock manufacturers. Whether you're a lakeshore owner or a marina manager, these systems cover your waterfront with the widest range of docks and dock accessories, marina systems, and boat lifts in the industry. With over 30 years experience, these systems perform in the best possible way to maximize your enjoyment of the water. Please contact us with your requirements.
* GalvaFoam Galvanized Steel Floating Docks (click here to see flotation tank details)
* Aluminum Frame Docks (click here to see truss system details)
* Concrete Floating Docks with Rix÷-bryggan technology (more information below)
* Wave Attenuators made of Aluminum or Concrete (more information below)
* Bridges & Gangways
* Boat Lifts (vertical, cantilever and hydraulic)
* Dock Boxes
* Dry Stack Storage
Recreational Dock Systems
Wheel-A-Docks are ideal if your waterfront freezes in winter, and if you have a fairly firm lake bottom, a gradual grade, and minimal elevation at the shore. You'll also need a clearing when you pull the entire dock up and out of the water. If your site meets these conditions, a wheeled dock will be the easiest to install and remove. Just roll it in, all in one piece, in the spring. Then roll it back out in the fall. As long as you don't mind the look of the intact dock on your property throughout the winter, this is a great choice.
Standing Docks work well in a wider variety of circumstances. Theyĺre your best choice in rough water conditions, where waves pass easily through the legs. If your dock can be installed permanently, it can be placed on pilings for a very solid working surface. In salt water, wooden pilings are used to avoid corrosion. If you will remove your dock for winter or other seasonal needs, standing docks can be designed for quick and easy installation and removal. And they stack nicely for better appearance during the off-season.
Floating Docks are the perfect solution if you have a site with deep water, significant water fluctuation or where the bottom is too mucky for wheeled docks or standing docks. If your site is exposed to heavy waves or boat wakes, a "U"-shaped floating dock is the best choice. Decking choices are almost unlimited and these work best in the water all year. Anchoring is done through cables, stiff arms, ramps, or sea anchors in many different combinations.
Materials can also make a difference in the look, performance and cost of your dock. Frames can be made of galvanized steel or aluminum, and decking can be made of wood for a natural look or vinyl or aluminum for minimal maintenance.
Aluminum and Concrete Wave Attenuators
The frame of our aluminum floating wave attenuator is created with a 48" truss, engineered from heavy-duty, tubular aluminum extrusions. The outside of the truss is sheathed with 18-gauge, galvanized, corrugated steel plates to absorb and dissipate waves. Attached along the sides of the system, flush with the top of the deck, pressure-treated wooden whalers are added as a standard feature on each section of the wave attenuator. Flotation is provided by polyethylene-encased polystyrene. Decking is available in a variety of materials so that the wave attenuator will blend into the marina setting. Dock fingers may be attached to the side of the wave attenuator to create slips.
The corrugated steel panels trap water inside the frame of the wave attenuator and effectively add to the mass of the structure. It is this mass that absorbs and dissipates the wave action.
Concrete Wave Attenuators
The Rix÷-bryggan Model 850 is designed as a heavy-duty breakwater standing six feet six inches in height. Because the energy of a wave travels in an elliptical motion, the depth of a floating breakwater is very important. If the bottom of the ellipse is greater than the depth of the breakwater, a portion of the wave's energy will travel under the breakwater. Accordingly, the deeper the breakwater, the greater the wave dampening effect of the structure. The "legs" on the Model 850 also trap water inside the frame of the breakwater and effectively adds to the wave dissipating mass of the structure. It can easily handle wind driven waves (the wind in the photo above was 63 mph!), and is equally effective against waves created by boat traffic. The weight and stability of the concrete system allows peple to stand comfortably on the dock even as large boat wakes buffer the pontoons.
Concrete Floating Docks:
Tested by the North Sea
Far North Fiberglass are international agents for one of the world's largest floating dock manufacturers. When you build your marina with these concrete floating docks, you're getting the innovative, patented designs created by Rix÷-bryggan of Brastad, Sweden. This system was created and designed to withstand the storms of the North Sea, so no matter what extreme conditions your site experiences, these concrete floating docks are tough enough to stand up to them.
Our concrete floating docks and wave attenuators are formed with a polystyrene core and an outer concrete shell. Pressure-treated wooden whalers are added as a standard feature on each pontoon. The top of the system is given a non-slip walking surface.
The connection system is the secret to the strength of these concrete docks and breakwaters. Conventional concrete systems connect pontoons together by stringing whaler boards connected by threaded rod between the sections. The problem with the conventional connection system is that, as the pontoon moves in the waves, stress is being placed on the concrete in the areas above and below the threaded rod. Over time, the stress may lead to fractures or cracking of the concrete in the areas above and below the threaded rod. Unlike conventional systems, this system is connected with cables that run inside the length of the pontoon and are hydraulically post-tensioned. As the system moves, the majority of the force is absorbed by the cable and does not negatively effect the concrete. While the cables absorb the energy of the movement between the sections, the system will maintain a high amount of rigidity and will provide a very stable walking surface.
Weĺre ready to design and install concrete floating docks and wave attenuators in virtually any dimensions for your needs. Three of our most popular models are:
* Model 400 Floating Dock
* Model 450 Heavy Duty Dock or Light Duty Wave Attenuator
* Model 850 Heavy Duty Wave Attenuator
The Rix÷-bryggan Model 400 is designed as a commercial marina dock system. The standard walkway section is 50' long and 8' wide. Standard finger piers are 4' wide and vary in length based on the desired slip length. Both walkways and finger piers have a freeboard of 22". The finger piers can feature corner walkways at their connection point to the main walkway. This system has a carrying capacity of 50 pounds per square foot.
The Rix÷-bryggan Model 450 may be used as a heavy duty dock or a light duty breakwater. It stands a total of four feet in height, and like the Model 850, it will provide two feet of free board. But, unlike Model 850, it is not constructed with flanges and only two feet of concrete is submerged below the water. The wave dampening effect is, thus, significantly less than that provided by Model 850. The concrete system is so strong and stable that a full size automobile may be safely driven on it.
The Rix÷-bryggan Model 850 is designed as a heavy-duty breakwater standing six feet six inches in height. Because the energy of a wave travels in an elliptical motion, the depth of a floating breakwater is very important. If the bottom of the ellipse is greater than the depth of the breakwater, a portion of the wave's energy will travel under the breakwater. Accordingly, the deeper the breakwater, the greater the wave dampening effect of the structure. The "legs" on the Model 850 also trap water inside the frame of the breakwater and effectively adds to the wave dissipating mass of the structure.