Water Ballast Docks
Why a Ballast Dock vs. Floating Dock?
Crowe Dock Systems feature industry leading stability that can only be found in a ballast type dock. Our docks enclose a body of water inside the dock, creating a weighted “ballast” (much like those found in large ships) to keep the dock, and more importantly the boats secured to it, perfectly stable, even in high waves. We encourage you to take a walk on a Crowe Dock and feel the security and stability beneath your feet!
Many falsely associate steel docks with corrosion. However, Crowe Dock Systems steel main frame is protected by a Cold Galvanizing Compound (by Rustoleum). The “Cold Galvanizing Compound” will give a 15-20 year life cycle.
What Types of Wood Should I Use?
There are 3 areas that wood is used on our docking systems: #1.Underwater Sections #2. Above water sections, #3. Deck areas. We use Western Red Cedar and Sienna Pressure Treated Lumber.
Is Crowe Dock a Floating Dock?
Crowe Dock is technically a floating dock, however it behaves like a stationary dock. Crowe Dock is a ballasted system, which means a portion of the dock is submerged, providing ballast. This means it behaves much more stable than all other floating docks. All other floating docks typically sit on top of the floatation units, which is not as stable as our system, especially in high winds and waves.
The Crowe Dock System’s structural integrity has been tested and perfected for over 20 years by being exposed on lakes where no other floating dock systems exist.