HOW TO CHOOSE BETWEEN A GANGWAY AND A RAMP
Choosing between a gangway or a ramp to use as the transition between your your shore and your floating dock system can be incredibly simple. A good rule of thumb is to look at what your neighbors are using. Chances are, if you neighbor has a gangway, you may also need a gangway, if they have a ramp, you might need a ramp as well. Want to build your own ramp using your own 2 x 12 lumber? Check out the do-it-yourself PolyDock Plankway Dock Ramp Kit
to learn how.
DO YOU NEED HANDRAILS?
If you need handrails, you probably need a gangway. Another way to choose between a gangway and a ramp is to consider how you will use your dock system. For instance; will you or any of your family, friends, or guests benefit from the added safety and convenience of handrails, or will handrails just get in the way of carrying fishing poles and coolers out to your boat? All PolyDock gangways include handrails, while PolyDock ramps do not include handrails.
HOW FAR IS THE TRANSITION BETWEEN YOUR SHORE AND YOUR DOCK?
Are you just trying to span a 4 foot distance between your floating dock system and your shoreline or seawall, or do you need to get out 20 feet or more. In general, gangways are the best option when you need handrails, and / or if you need to span a longer distance or have more water fluctuation. Ramps work really well when you don’t want or need handrails, and only need to transition a short distance, or when you have less water fluctuation.
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