That depends on your use case. If you like to view the lake from an unmovable platform, fixed docks provide unbeatable stability. If you plan to swim near or tie up near your dock, a floating dock or hybrid dock is best. Fixed docks are high above the water so swimming nearby is scary and it’s easy to get pushed into the scummy fixed structure beneath the deck surface. Tying up next to a fixed dock is also daunting, due to the dock cleats being above the boat and yanking on the boat cleats when waves pass by. Many boaters don’t know that standard boat fenders don’t work on a fixed dock.
Floating docks with the Big Wave upgrades have the most overall features. While slightly less stable than a fixed dock, the highly effective wave dampening, along with easy swimming and tie up make Big Wave floating docks the best all-around choice for most applications.
Hybrid docks are often the best option for narrow or shallow coves. Due to their smaller floating portion, they have stability issues in big wave conditions.
Every dock location is different and unique. Let our 26 years of experience help you decide. We typically meet on site to evaluate and measure. Then a visit to a nearby completed project is made to allow the customer to walk a similar project and see our work in person. Remember pictures and words can be manipulated. Seeing the work in person is a must for a proper evaluation.