Welcome to ProFloat, the word's best floating dock system

Call for a free estimate and site drawing. 1-800-406-6896

concrete floating docks

Are you ready to move forward with your ideas for marina development? Marina planning and design isn’t going to be without challenges, but if you do your homework and prepare properly, there’s significant profit potential in marinas right now.

One of your first steps is going to be securing government approval, at both the local and federal level. The Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) handles federal oversight. The ACOE standards are very exacting—your proposed marina can’t impact the environment in any way. But the good news is the standards are very clear, they’re non-political, and it’s simply a question of designing your proposal to meet their standards.

It’s a little different when it comes to the Local Planning Commission. Local politics can play a bigger role here, including something as simple as people showing up at a town meeting to protest a proposed project. You need to be prepared for unexpected questions during this phase of the process.

As part of the approval process, you will have explored site conditions, namely local building codes and environmental requirements. You also need to consider seabed data, along with wind and wave loads. In fact, a key part of the preparation phase is about determining water level. Boats will set at the average highs and lows of the tide and that will impact your decisions on dock construction.

How much will it cost? It’s the question that’s at the top of every business owner’s mind. Once the size of the dock is established, it’s straightforward—there’s a cost per square foot. But getting to that point is more fluid. The engineering involved in determining your dock size is a variable and we strongly suggest your marina business plan presume a $50,000 engineering budget.

ProFloat has over a decade of experience helping marina owners work through these very issues and a lot more. Contact us today for a consultation.