5 Repair Checks You Need To Do Annually On Your Boat Dock

If you own a house near a body of water and have your own boat dock, you need to make sure that you take proper care of your it. Just like with your house, there are a few repairs that you should make every year to your dock. If you don't have the time to do these repairs, hire a marine contractor to do them for you every year. Here are the five annual repair checks you need to do to keep your dock in good shape:

#1 Seal The Wood

The wood on your boat dock is exposed to the elements throughout the year. Even if you built your dock with treated lumber, you should still seal the wood on your dock at least once a year. This is a great way to make sure that your dock does not become water logged and rotten.

If it is possible, remove your dock and let it dry out before you seal it. It may take multiple days for the wood that makes up your dock to completely dry out because it has been exposed to water for so long. Don't seal it until it is dry; you don't want to trap the water inside of the wood.

Once your dock is dry, treat both sides. Doing this will extend the life of your dock. If you can't remove the dock from the water, just seal the exposed side. 

#2 Check The Platform

Many docks rest on top of wooden platforms. If your dock rests on top of a platform, make sure that you check out the condition of the platform. Lay down on your dock, and put on some goggles, and check how each platform looks underneath. You can also use your hands to feel and check the condition of the platform. If any boards feel loose, you may need to nail or screw them down again. If any boards have rotted, you will need to replace them or have someone replace them for you.

It is crucial to your safety that you check the condition of the platform at least once a year and make sure that it is up for the job of holding up your dock.

#3 Check The Barrels

If you use barrels to support your dock, make sure that you check them as well. If any of the barrels are not as buoyant as the other ones, you need to replace that barrel. Since you need the barrel to be water tight to keep both you and your dock safe, it is generally a better idea to just replace the entire barrel instead of trying to repair it. 

#4 Lubricate The Chains

If you use any metal chains to keep your boat attached to your dock or to keep your barrels in place, it is crucial that you check these at least once a year as well. You should spray the entire chain down with a lubricant designed for metal. This will help protect the chains from becoming rusted and will keep them from becoming stiff. If any of the chains have become rusty, you should replace the chain.

#5 Replace The Rope

Finally, if you use a rope to keep your boat or dock tied up, you need to check that as well during your annual inspection. If you notice any area that has become frayed, you can use the hot heat from a soldering iron to melt the frayed pieces back on to your rope in order to repair it. Or, you can replace the rope. 

For the safety and well-being of your dock, you need to go through the five repair checks listed above on at least an annual basis. Going through this list is a great way to make sure that your dock is still in good shape and is also a great way to catch and address any issues with your dock before they become bigger and more expensive to deal with.