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The method and quality of the anchoring on a floating dock has a direct impact on its durability, longevity, and maintenance requirements. For the most part, the anchoring for a floating dock is intended to keep the dock in place and is not for stabilization purposes. Factors used to determine which anchoring method to use include the depth of the water, the distance the dock resides from the shore, the potential amount and frequency of water level fluctuations, the amount of wind and wave loads on the dock, the dock configuration, and local regulatory restrictions, among others. Because the anchoring points on a dock are subjected to exceptionally high stresses, we give our docks extra reinforcement at all anchoring points and use intelligent design to minimize any stresses that result from the constant, multi-dimensional forces exerted on floating docks.

As it relates, we highly recommend you take the advice of your local Wahoo Docks dealer when deciding on the anchoring method to use on your dock. All of our dealers have extensive training and experience with anchoring methods, and the most attractive or convenient option may not be the best solution if your conditions dictate otherwise. Anchoring is perhaps the area most susceptible to problems, so ensure you've consulted heavily with your Wahoo Dealer before making a decision.

Although we have used a wide variety of anchoring methods over the years, the vast majority of all docks are anchored using one or a combination of the methods described below.

Cable Anchoring

The most common, cost-effective, simple, and often the best method for anchoring a floating dock is with Cable Anchoring. This flexible method is commonly used because it is economical and suitable for situations that can be challenging for other anchoring methods, such as in areas where water fluctuations are frequent and severe or where water depths are extreme. It can also be used on docks that need to chase the water during seasonal fluctuations. There are four general forms of cable anchoring, and each offers a unique set of advantages based on different needs.

Dock to Shore Cable Anchoring Dead Weights Cable Anchoring Combination Cable Anchoring Self-Adjusting Cable Anchoring

Anchoring Method Comparison

Pole AnchoringPile AnchoringStiff Arm AnchoringCable Anchoring
Dock to ShoreDead WeightsCombinationSelf-Adjusting
Depth15'20+Dependent on locationUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
FluctuationUnlimited15'+Dependent on locationVariableDependent on stiff arm lengthUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
CostModerateModerate to HighModerateLowHigh if not aligned correctlyModerateModerateModerate