Most boaters know that boat docks and mooring are permanent open structures where boats are stored in the water. Docking and mooring vessels, however, requires different equipment. Boats that come alongside a dock pier or wharf will be secured and protected from damage using fenders and dock lines. Permanently anchoring a vessel to this kind of structure is called mooring and requires a mooring float, a rode and a permanent anchor at the bottom. (Know that boats that are moored still require docking equipment.)
Many boaters, especially those with homes on the water find that having their own facility is both cost effective and allows for more time on the water. If you’re thinking of building your own docking and mooring facility, OC Boat Supplies has everything you’ll need. For the complete DIYer we carry lightweight yet durable Patriot Docks Aluminum Dock Frames and axle pipes, Shoreline Wonder Utility Jacks and even cedar deck panels. OC Boat Supplies also offers cedar and aluminum docking kits featuring on-site delivery from Patriot Docks as well as pre-assembled dock kits from Alumidock.