Floating wood docks are easy to assemble over the water. This is especially important for systems that require many sections of dock, such as swim docks for youth camps and tie-up docks for marinas.
Fluctuating Waters: Floating docks are ideal in waters that fluctuate so that a constant height off the water is maintained.
Deep Water: Where stationary docks can be challenging to install in deep water (over 6 feet), floating wood docks are a breeze.
Mucky Silt Bottoms: Floating wood docks should be used in areas that have mud bottoms. Installing and removing docks on legs or wheels in deep mud can prove extremely difficult.
Wind Exposure: Since large pilings are rarely permitted in Maine lakes, securing a floating dock and the attached boats is often achieved with weights and chain under the end of the dock. For this reason along with added motion that comes with floating docks, they should not be used in areas that are not protected from prolonged high winds. Continuous chop combined with wind forces against the boat and dock could make anchoring difficult.