Dock Frame and Construction
We have designed our aluminum frame sectional dock with ease of installation, stability, strength, versatility, longevity and sleek good looks in mind. Each dock section consists of either the 4’x10’ or 5’x10’ aluminum frame, two drop-in decking panels (constructed with Cedar, Ipé or Brock Vinyl), pipes, bases, connecting hardware and dock post caps.
Ease of Installation
Gone are the days when dock installation meant a grueling and backbreaking job. Since each section consists of three pieces, one person can install the D.H. Aluminum Frame Dock System or two people can complete the job with very little time and effort. The simple design of the male/female connecting hardware allows the sections to easily fit together. The only tools required are a ratchet to tighten the setscrews on the pipe brackets, and a level.
Any design or configuration is possible with the D.H. sectional dock. There are no limitations on length or platformm size, and you can change your mind. Need more room at the end? Add extra sections to your platform. Bought another boat? Add a slip. Your D.H. Dock grows and changes as you do.
There is not a more stable dock available than the traditional sectional dock, supported by pipes and bases. At D.H. Docks & Tracks, each 10’ section is supported by strong, 1 1/4” I.D. schedule 40 galvanized pipes and 11“ cast aluminum bases for maximum stability. Others may brag that thier pipe casting will not allow the support tubing to tilt more than 1/4" - thus eliminating the need for a large base. Our Extruded Aluminum Pipe Brackets allow for ZERO tilt, and we STILL give you bigger bases.
D.H. Docks & Tracks uses aluminum tubing with a 1/8” wall thickness for our dock frames. Both the 4’x10’ and 5’x10’ frames are constructed of 1 3/4”x5” tubing with two 1”x2” center support tubes running lengthwise, and two running side to side. All support tubes are welded to the dock frame. The corners are welded as well as bolted. All hardware is secured with bolts and locknuts. The connecting hardware and pipe brackets are zinc-plated steel and aluminum extrusions. All bolts, nuts, washers and setscrews are zinc-plated steel. Every piece of material used to build these frames is non-corrosive and was chosen with strength in mind. Three stringers are used on each drop-in decking panel.