Floating dock

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As a floating dock is known a floating on the water boat dock , which is provided with one or more buoyancy bodies.

Floating jetties are to be distinguished from swimming jetties . A floating pier consists of a floating pontoon . Often a jetty serves as a connection between the pontoon and the bank, but this jetty does not float on the water.


Pile-mounted floating jetty in L'Aberwrac'h (Bretagne) at low tide ...
... and during floods
Soldiers cross the Danube with the help of a floating jetty

Floating jetties serve as a landing stage independent of the water level in tidal waters .

In yachting harbors (marina) they serve to subdivide the water surface and to use it for as many berths as possible.

A rifle swim jetty is used by soldiers to cross bodies of water.


The floats can be made of concrete , steel , aluminum or plastic .

The pavement for floating jetties can be made of wooden boards, plastic planks, GRP panels, gratings or sheet metal profiles , for example. Floating docks with floating bodies made of aluminum and plastic often have a substructure for attaching the pavement. In the case of floating bodies made of concrete or steel, the floating body can simultaneously represent the walking surface.

Floating docks are installed between piles or anchored and braced with chains on the ground.

Constructive variant

Rowing jetties are floating jetty constructions whose freeboard height has been adapted to the lower lying rowing and canoeing boats. In general, rowing docks are manufactured as floating docks with a freeboard height of 18–20 cm. This structural change has made it easier for rowers to leave their boats. In addition, exit aids can be used to help you leave the boats.


Depending on the design of the floating docks, they are attached differently. The usual variants are described in the article Marina .

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