The layout, or footprint, is the most basic feature of a dock and is generally determined by the boating and recreational needs of its users. A waterfront property owner with no boats who is seeking a dock for fishing, swimming, or lounging purposes may opt for a Platform configuration. Alternatively, if one's expectations are to own one or two boats, a traditional Single or Double Slip dock may be more appropriate because of the protection a slip can provide. Moreover, waterfront property owners with one boat or two PWCs (Personal Watercraft) have popularized our Side Slip dock layout because of the generous water lounging area. Of course, there are endless permutations around these basic layouts, but the vast majority of all docks are based on the following five designs.