Now that you have your new lakefront home, the FUN begins! This can be the most exciting time you could imagine. Of course, the first thing you need to arrange is GETTING ON THE WATER. A dock is your lifeline to fun in the sun on the lake! Here are some personal tips to consider pertaining to docks.
1. BOOK YOUR DOCK INSTALLATION EARLY!
Nearly everyone wants their dock in by Memorial Day Weekend. Don't miss out on being part of all that "first summer weekend fun"! There are many dock installation people in the Irish Hills of Michigan. Typically they currently are charging around $25 per section in my experience, depending on the circumstances of course (such as length, depth, bottom conditions etc.) Boat lifts run about $75-$100.
2. MAKE SURE YOUR DOCK PLACEMENT IS APPROVED.
When applicable, associations may require approval of dock placement. Always try to be respectful of neighboring properties. It goes a long way on the lakes for neighborly relationships.
3. DON'T WAIT UNTIL SNOW FLIES TO TAKE YOUR DOCK OUT!
Take it from me, it is hard to find someone to get into frigid water to remove your dock. Often people take them out Labor Day weekend, however, there are some incredibly beautiful fall lake days that are missed that come far in to October in my experience.
4. UHHHH....I STILL NEED TO BUY A DOCK?
Oh yes. The big dilemma. The dock is "the magical gate" to the lake, but it is also, JUST a way to get to the boat. It all depends on your taste and your budget. Typically, in South Eastern Michigan basic wood type docks run around $250 per section. Vinyl maybe $400-500 per section not including hardware and brackets. There are often used docks for sale in a variety of styles. Many people really like the ROLL A DOCK. A dock on wheels essentially. Minimal hassle. Bear in mind, the heat under bare feet when you are considering color and choice of surface.
5. LASTLY...BE CREATIVE! IT'S TIME TO ENJOY!
Your dock can be an extension of your living space! It can be friendly and inviting. You can inject your own personality with all weather outdoor rugs and seating and a pop of color or bright hearty plants. Night time dock lights can create a memorable ambiance for entertaining. There are even under water lights in a variety of colors. I have seen the green ones, and to watch the fish at night is just magical! Also check out dock hammocks and Lily Pads. Just cool stuff. Have your water toys and water safety items accessible in a sturdy container for ease. An easy to carry container for rolled towels make for a festive fun dock experience.
CHEERS TO MANY LAKEFRONT DOCK MEMORIES TO COME!
If you are in the market for a dock, or even just ready to upgrade your current one. Here are a couple of recommendations:
- Lakefront Solutions, Troy Davenport
- Knutson's Sporting Goods