Floating docks are large, buoyant platforms typically used in lakes. They are basically used for all the same purposes that standard wooden docks are used for. Many floating docks are made of multiple dock pieces connected together to form a longer dock. Depending on the overall length of the dock, it can be used for swimming, fishing or small boating like canoes and kayaks. Longer floating docks can be used to anchor sailboats, pontoon boats and other similar large boats.
Standard wooden docks are supported by poles dug into the lakebed, but floating docks float by themselves, without any supports. Most floating docks are constructed of sturdy plastics, and then filled with highly buoyant foam that keeps them afloat.
Floating docks are generally composed of small individual sections. This allows the user some freedom in designing a dock setup. A number of different shapes and configurations can be assembled, allowing great versatility. This provides a significant advantage over standard wooden docks, which would need to have additions built or would need to be torn down and rebuilt to reshape them.
The sturdiest dock floats are encapsulated dock floats. These dock floats are both more eco-friendly and longer lasting than standard dock floats. These docks have an extra layer of protection between the flotation foam and the outside world, significantly reducing wear. Since encapsulated dock floats are resistant to degradation, they do not pose the risk of contaminants entering the water and hurting the local marine wildlife.
One of the best names in floating docks is Rhino. Rhino dock floats are known for their sturdiness and longevity. The outer shell of Rhino dock floats are made of a durable polyethylene resin that is highly resistant to UV damage caused by the sun. This keeps Rhino dock floats safe from the degradation that causes other floats to wear out. Rhino dock floats are filled with expanded polystyrene foam that gives the float its buoyancy. These quality floats even include a plug that modulates the expansion and contraction caused by changes in heat, which further protects the float from damage.