Best (2nd) Best Season of the Year – Boat Shows!

PolyDock Kayak Launch, Canoe Launch, Stand alone Kayak Launch, Dock with Rainbow

Winter Boat Show Season is upon us and ShoreMaster dealers all across the Unites States and Canada couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity to get out and visit with all of our customers. It’s one of our favorite times of year – second only to when we actually get to be on the water in the Summer.

If you are in the market for a new dock and lift system – or just looking to forget about the cold and snow for a while – be sure to visit your local ShoreMaster dealer at one of the many upcoming shows. Below a list of the shows that ShoreMaster dealers will be attending (check back often for additions and updates)!

If you are unable to make it to a boat show you can always visit one of our dealers in their showroom just use our convenient dealer locator to find a dealer near you! To stay in touch like us of facebook!


Portland Boat Show | January 10th – January 14th, 2018 | Portland Expo Center | Learn more

Chicago Boat Show | January 10th – January 14th, 2018 | McCormick Place – South | Learn more

Minneapolis Boat Show | January 11th – January 14th, 2018 | Minneapolis Convention Center | Learn more

Toronto International Boat Show | January 12th – January 21st, 2018 | Enercare Centre | Learn more

Milwaukee Boat Show | January 19th – January 21st & January 24th – January 28th, 2018 | Expo Center at State Fair Park | Learn more

Fargo Boat & Marine Products Show | January 26th – January 28th, 2018 | FargoDome | Learn more

Seattle Boat Show | January 26th – February 3rd, 2018 | CenturyLink Field, South Lake Union, and an all-new location at Bell Harbor Marina | Learn more

Spokane Boat Show | January 28th – February 4th, 2018 | Spokane County Fairgrounds | Learn more


Providence Boat Show | February 2nd – February 4th, 2018 | Rhode Island Convention Center | Learn more

Halifax Boat Show | February 8th – February 11th, 2018 | Halifax Exhibition Centre | Learn more

Hartford Boat Show | February 8th – February 11th, 2018 | Connecticut Convention Center | Learn more

Flathead Valley Boat Show | February 9th – February 11th, 2018 | Flathead County Fairgrounds – Trade Center Building | Learn more

New England Boat Show | February 10th – February 18th, 2018 | Massachusetts Convention Center Authority |  Learn more

Duluth Boat, Sports and Travel Show | February 14th – February 18th, 2018 | Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) | Learn more

Grand Rapids Boat Show | February 14th – February 18th, 2018 | DeVos Place | Learn more

Central New York (CNY) Winter Boat Show | February 15th – February 18th, 2018 | NYS Fairgrounds | Learn more

New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo | February 15th – February 18th, 2018 | NJ CONVENTION & EXPO CENTER | Learn more

Detroit Boat Show | February 17th – February 25th, 2018 | Cobo Center | Learn more

Atlantic City Boat Show | February 28th – March 4th, 2018 | Atlantic City Convention Center | Learn more


Fargo Sportsmen’s Boat, Camping and Vacation Show | March 1st – March 4th, 2018 | FargoDome | Learn more

Mid-Canada Boat Show | March 1st – March 4th, 2018 | RBC Convention Centre | Learn more

Saskatoon Sport & Leisure Show. | March 2nd – March 4th, 2018 | Prairieland Park | Learn more

National Capital Boat Show | March 9th – March 11th, 2018 | Dulles Expo Center | Learn more

Minot Boat Show | March 10th – March 12th, 2018 | North Dakota State Fair Center | Learn more

Novi Boat Show | March 15th – March 18th, 2018 | Suburban Collection Showplace | Learn more

Worcester Boat Show | March 16th – March 18th, 2018 | DCU Convention Center | Learn more

Northeast Campground Association | March 16th – March 18th, 2018 | Radisson Nashua Hotel | Learn more

Wisconsin Sports Show (Eau Claire) | March 16th – March 18th, 2018 | Chippewa Valley Expo Center | Learn more

Northwest Sportshow – Minneapolis, MN | March 22nd – March 25th, 2018 | Minneapolis Convention Center | Learn more

Cottage Life | March 22nd – March 25th, 2018 | The International Centre | Learn more


1,000 Islands Spring Boat Show | April 7th – April 9th, 2018 | Cerow Recreation Park Arena |  Learn more

New Floating Docks at 2017 Minneapolis Boat Show

Hallberg Marine Flyer for Minneaplis Boat ShowAs you cruise the aisles, and check out the latest boats, pontoons, and docks at this year’s Minneapolis Boat Show  you may notice a new kind of floating dock at the show. Head over to booth #903 and talk to the Hallberg Marine team about ShoreMaster and PolyDock floating docks. PolyDock floating docks are modular, one piece, rotationally molded docks that are generally more stable than a traditional floating dock that uses standard dock flotation or barrels. The team at Hallbergs can show you all of the PolyDock options that are available for your waterfront property or lake home. Plus, You can take advantage of ShoreMaster’s we’ve got you covered promotion, and apply it to your new PolyDock floating dock purchase. To make things easier, head over to the PolyDock dock builder tool, draw up your PolyDock design and then either submit it online for a quote, or bring your PolyDock design to Hallberg Marine at booth #903 at the Minneapolis Boat Show for a quote.

There’s a reason so many people attend boat shows, after all, where else can you see and compare multiple brands of docks, boats, pontoons, outboards, accessories and more all in one place? Aside from the internet, nowhere. If you find a brand of floating dock that you like at this year’s Minneapolis Boat Show, we want to encourage you to look online at PolyDock products, or ask Hallberg Marine to show you your PolyDock floating dock options to ensure you have enough information to make an informed purchase, and to ensure you get the best deal.

Some prominent floating dock manufacturers hide their pricing by listing section sizes that are larger than they actually are. For instance, some manufacturers claim their dock section sizes to be 60″ wide, when in reality they are closer to 57″ wide. While it may not seem like much, over the span of the entire length of the dock, you are actually getting quite a bit less square footage than you think you purchased. To learn more about this, check out our blog post on the topic – For Modular Dock Pricing – PolyDock May Be Your Best Value.

We hope you enjoy the Minneapolis Boat Show this year, there are a lot of other things you could be doing, but the fact that you chose to seek adventure both literally at the show, and aspirationally (in the form of daydreaming about summer on the lake over a cold January weekend in Minnesota), tells us that you deserve to have a great summer this year, because you’ve started planning for it now. Stop by and say hi to us, and the Hallberg Marine team while your at the show, we think you’ll be glad you did!

What Makes PolyDock Floating Docks So Stable?

One of the first things people ask us about floating dock systems is, “how stable are they?”, and to that question, we always respond with something along the lines of; “The stability of any floating dock is determined by a wide array of factors.” You see, the purpose of this post is not to get too technical when it comes to floating dock stability, rather, we simply want to show you what makes PolyDock one of the most, if not the most stable floating dock systems in its class. To keep things simple, which is especially important on a Monday, we’ll try to describe what makes PolyDock floating docks so stable in laymen’s terms, with just a little marketing speak thrown in to really drive the message home (we hope). However, If you’d like to jumble your brain with floating dock technical know-how, fancy words, and (gasp) mathematical formulas and calculations in an attempt to figure it all out, we offer you this gem of an image:

3541466“ Fig. 70  Displacement and other Curves” from the American Civil Engineers Pocket Book. You can download or read it for free by following this link to its location on Google Books. To be fair, the book was published in 1916, and PolyDock Products weren’t even invented for another 84 years or so. In fact, it wasn’t until the 1940’s or 1950’s that rotational molding (the process used to manufacture PolyDock Floating Docks) was first developed. We can honestly say that the rotationally molded design of PolyDock dock sections do adhere to the basic engineering and design principals that are required to achieve superior dock system stability.




If you took the bait and read the aforementioned 1916 edition of the American Civil Engineers Pocket Book, congratulations, you don’t need to read the rest of this blog post because you can probably, by now, surmise what makes PolyDock floating dock systems so stable, plus, you might now be ready for the Civil Engineering PE Exam, and probably don’t have time to read such a simple blog post anyway.

The Secret to PolyDock Floating Dock Stability is all in the Design

Floating Dock Section Size:

The stability of the PolyDock floating dock system is built into the design of the dock sections. To start, PolyDock floating dock sections are actually larger than their actual published sizes. For instance, PolyDock’s 5 x 10 dock section (some people call them a 60 x 10 floating dock) actually measures 65.5” x 123”. So the 5 x 10 PolyDock section actually measures about 5’ 5” wide by 10’ 3” long. This means that not only are you getting more value for your dollar when you calculate your floating dock price by total square footage, you are actually getting more stability thanks to the additional width of the dock section. This is true for all section sizes of PolyDock. You can get more information about the square foot size and actual floating dock section size, including prints and schematics by checking out our PolyDock floating dock page. Or, simply take a look at the chart below to see how our section sizes break down.

PolyDock Section Sizes and Specifications Chart

PolyDock Products Dock Section Sizes and Specifications Chart

*Buyers Note: Make sure to ask a competitive manufacturer or dealer for their actual floating dock section sizes to see what you are paying for, and then do the math to determine exactly what you are paying per square foot of dock. You’ll be surprised by the additional value you get when you choose to design your residential dock or commercial marina with PolyDock 4 x 10 or 5 x 10 dock sections. This is a great way to do a true cost comparison of any floating dock system.

Floating Dock Trapped Air Compartments:

PolyDock Trapped Air Design, Recessed Dock Flotation*Recessed Area / Trapped Air Design

Underneath each section of PolyDock floating docks, and ShorePort drive-on jetski lifts are compartments molded into the dock section that serve to capture and retain trapped air. PolyDock Products utilizes this trapped air design to help improve overall dock stability and buoyancy. The trapped air design means PolyDock is likely to be much, much more stable than your average home built floating dock system that employs barrels, or tubs, as its primary source of flotation. Even when a barrel or “tub style” floating dock uses water in the barrels for ballast, the overall stability is not as great because of the shape and design of the flotation. The unique design of PolyDock floating dock’s trapped air Compartments acts in two ways to make it one of the most, if not the most stable floating docks in its class. First, PolyDock’s trapped air compartments actually add to the overall flotation capacity of each dock section. Second, the design of PolyDock’s trapped air compartments create a negative force, or suction, that acts like a vacuum to keep the dock firmly positioned in the water. This means the trapped air compartments not only add buoyancy to mitigate the dock’s downward force into the water as you walk on it, the vacuum created by the trapped air compartments also act to keep the opposite end or side of the dock from rising up –this is where true dock stability comes from. To get a better idea of what we’re talking about, try to think of a floating dock system’s basic flotation capacity as it’s “Upward Stability” (this prevents the dock from sinking), also, try to think about the amount of suction created by the recessed areas in the the dock’s design as it’s “Downward Stability” (this prevents the dock from lifting up or rising out of the water). PolyDock floating docks have both upward and downward stability, whereas a barrel style or tub style floating dock only has upward stability. This upward and downward stability, or “Dual Stability” is one of the most important components of the superior stability of the PolyDock floating dock system, and the ShorePort drive-on jetski port, and it’s something that you won’t get with some competitors dock systems and most home built floating docks.

Floating Dock Walking Surface Design:

Close up of PolyDock Walking Surface with rain water puddled on top

If you’ve ever seen a PolyDock floating dock system up close, and by close, we mean walking on it with your bare feet, then you already know why most PolyDock owners chose PolyDock; it has an attractive, herringbone brick pattern design that feels good on bare feet and looks great. While the look and feel of the floating dock surface is important, especially if you demand a premium high quality surface finish like you get with PolyDock, it’s what lies beneath the surface of the PolyDock floating dock system’s herringbone brick pattern walking surface that helps to make it so stable.

“Kiss-Offs” Bolster the Walking Surface

Just beneath the ultra-firm, non-spongy walking surface of each PolyDock section are hundreds of “Kiss-Offs”. These Kiss-Offs are an important part of the overall structural integrity of the PolyDock floating dock system and a major contributor to the sense of stability one can experience when walking on the PolyDock system. To visualize what the PolyDock Kiss-Offs look like and to see their location on a PolyDock section, take a look at this image.


*PolyDock Products Rotational Molding Kiss Offs

You’ll notice that the kiss-offs are spread throughout the entire dock section. The Kiss-Offs are created during the PolyDock system’s rotational molding process and they act to fuse the interior of the PolyDock section to the bottom of the walking surface. These fused-together areas, otherwise known as kiss-offs, are what give PolyDock their firm, non-spongy walking surface. They act as both a support and a foundation for the surface of the dock section much like hundreds of little pillars in typical building construction, plus, they prevent the dock surface from “ballooning” during warm weather conditions. The more areas of the dock that are fused together with these kiss-offs, the stronger and more firm the walking surface is.

How Many Kiss-Offs Does The PolyDock Have?
To be fair, we’ve never counted the number of kiss-offs that the competitor dock sections have, or if they even have any at all, but to make it easy for you to compare, please take a look at the handy chart below that shows you the exact number of kiss-offs on each section of PolyDock. From there you can make your own comparisons. To really get the true effect, and understand exactly what Kiss-Offs mean to dock stability and walking surface firmness, we recommend that you actually walk on each dock system that you are considering. We think you’ll absolutely fall in love with the experience you’ll get by walking on a PolyDock floating dock system, an experience that lets you know you’re walking on a premium floating dock system.

PolyDock Kiss-Offs

PolyDock Section Size             Number of Kiss-Offs
3 x 10 Section =                        160 Kiss-Offs
4 x 6 Section   =                        108 Kiss-Offs
4 x 10 Section =                        192 Kiss-Offs
5 x 10 Section =                        282 Kiss-Offs
6 x 8 Section   =                        232 Kiss-Offs
4’ Corner         =                        36 Kiss-Offs
In addition to support provided by the kiss-offs, the surface of every PolyDock floating dock section benefits from the additional structure and support provided by the herringbone brick pattern. Each “brick paver” on the surface of the PolyDock contributes to the overall firm walking surface because of the additional polyethylene material and structure created by each brick. For reference, each brick paver on the surface of the PolyDock section measures 4” x 8” and is approximately 1/2” deep. The space between each brick is approximately 3/8”. In addition to the extra structure provided by the herringbone brick pattern, the surface of each brick features a shot peen finish to create a slip resistant surface. All of this adds up to an incredible walking experience for owners and users of the PolyDock floating dock.

The Floating Dock Connector Design:

Don’t trade safety and stability for a “flexible” dock coupler
The design of the PolyDock Dock Connector provides another element that contributes to the overall strength and stability of the PolyDock floating dock system. No one wants to walk on a dock system that flexes and moves with waves and foot traffic. If the connectors or couplers of your dock system require special tools to install, and are flexible enough to allow the dock to move with the wave action, it’s a good bet that you’re trading off a certain amount of safety and dock stability for that flexibility. One might even argue that if your modular floating dock is installed in water that is so rough that your dock connection system needs to allow enough flexion so that your dock system flexes and moves with the waves, you may have the wrong style of dock system installed. You do have other floating dock options that won’t require you to concede the stability or safety of your floating dock system.
For instance; a good rough water floating dock system like the Kit Dock floating dockfrom RhinoHoist Products might be exactly what you need, and it’s available with, or without a roof system and you can even choose concrete decking to really add to the durability and stability of the Kit Dock system.1448317359
Back to the stability of the PolyDock rotationally molded floating dock system. The PolyDock Connector is designed to have the perfect balance of strength, rigidity and flexibility so that it acts to hold each PolyDock floating Dock section firmly in place with minimal up, down, or side-to-side movement between each dock section.1756264
The Connectors act as a solid fastener between each section so that the entire dock system can move as one unit, this creates an incredible amount of stability because there is less movement as you walk from one dock section to the next, and the entire system moves in unison. Couple this with the dual stability (upward and downward) provided by the design of each dock section, and you have an incredibly stable floating dock system. When you look at the connectors as a part of the whole dock system you find that the PolyDock connectors help transfer weight and wave energy throughout the entire dock system which adds stability, rather than allowing each section to move independently which creates an unstable, and sometimes difficult to walk on dock system.
Connectors Span the Full Length and / or Width of the Dock Sections4684375_orig

The top and bottom of the PolyDock dock connector is manufactured from high density polyethylene to be incredibly durable with the perfect balance of flexibility and stiffness. Each Connectorspans the full length or width of the PolyDock section to better transfer wave energy while providing a more durable and secure floating dock connection and improved total dock system stability. PolyDock connectors also float so they will not sink to the bottom of the lake or river if you accidentally drop one during installation.

Composite Connector Rod Design

Each PolyDock connector uses ultra-durable composite connector rods to secure the top and bottom components of the connector together. The composite connector rods are designed to be incredibly durable and remain tight to reduce the chance of loose connectors. The composite connector rods are fastened to the bottom connector to make installation quick and easy, and best of all, PolyDock connector installation requires NO SPECIAL TOOLS.

Stainless Steel Hardware

In addition to the composite rods which resist rotting and corrosion, all PolyDock connector hardware is corrosion- resistant stainless steel to provide you with an easy to install and long lasting dock to dock connection system. The PolyDock dock connectors are tightened from the top of the dock with an ordinary hand wrench, ratchet or cordless drill / impact, and do not require you purchase any special installation tools. Premium hardware is just another small component that adds up to create PolyDock Products’ superior stability.

Learn more about the PolyDock dock connectors by checking out the PolyDock Connectors page.

Floating Dock Anchorage Design: 

Choosing the right anchorage to get the most stability out of your floating dock system
When it comes to anchoring your floating dock system or drive on Jet Ski Port, nothing is more important than options. Having a wide range of anchorage option to choose from makes all the difference in the world, especially when it comes to choosing the right anchorage to get the most stability out of your floating dock system.

Pipe Brackets –
The most common style of floating dock anchorage is the typical galvanized steel pipe driven into the lake or river bed. The dock system will be held in place by the pipes and the pipe brackets will allow the dock to float up or down to accommodate changes and fluctuations in water depth and reservoir summer or winter pools and draw downs. Pipe brackets tend to provide a very stable floating dock system because there is generally less “play” or “slop” in the system. The galvanized steel pipes that are driven or augured into the lake bottom go through the pipe brackets with approximately a quarter to a half an inch of free play which keeps the dock held firmly in place for reduced side-to-side movement and added stability while still allowing vertical travel to accommodate water fluctuations.

Pile Hoops – 
Another common anchorage option are Pile Hoops. PolyDock Products Pile hoops are designed to fit a wide range of piling sizes and can be positioned anywhere along the PolyDock system for easy installation no matter the spacing between each piling, or the diameter of the piles.
Stiff Arm anchorage allows good stability without requiring pipe to be driven or augured into the lake or river bottom.

Deadweight Anchors – 
Deadweight Anchors are a simple way to anchor PolyDock in very deep water or in areas with hard or firm lake or river bottom substrates.

You can learn more about PolyDock Products Anchorage options by checking out our PolyDock Floating Dock Anchorage Options page.

The Secret To Floating Dock Stability Is A Good Design. PolyDock Is Designed For Stability.

Good design is paramount to an incredibly stable dock system, and PolyDock Products floating dock systems are designed for stability.

We hope this blog post helps you understand why PolyDock floating dock systems are so stable compared to competitor’s floating docks and nearly all styles of home-built barrel, tub, or traditional wood floating docks.

We also hope this blog post helps you consider all of your options when it comes to choosing a floating dock system, especially if dock stability is an important consideration for your residential dock system or commercial marina floating dock project. PolyDock Products dock sections and ShorePort Waverunner Ports feature many positive attributes that we didn’t even cover in this post such as the durability of our materials (PolyDock Products feature UV-8 inhibitors for superior protection from sun / UV damage) or the tensile strength and impact ratings or the dock sections.

If you would like to learn more about PolyDock Products’ engineering specifications for floating docks, you can check out our specifications pages to learn more.

If you have any questions about PolyDock products, you can always reach us at 1-844-295-1026, or find your local PolyDock Products dealer or distributor by using our PolyDock Dealer Locator.