Wahoo Docks provides commercial aluminum dock – docking system for Everglades Isle Resort
The site of these commercial aluminum docks is unique in and of itself, as it is part of a luxury resort for RV owners.
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As the cost of aluminum has gone down relative to the cost of marine-grade steel, commercial marinas are increasingly looking at commercial aluminum docks and docking systems for their low-maintenance pontoon requirements. Wahoo Docks, manufacturer of aluminum docks and aluminum docking systems based in Georgia USA, recently collaborated with Everglades Isle Motorcoach Retreat to design and build a docking system specific to the facility’s location and needs. Sarah Devlin reports…
The site of the commercial aluminum docks is interesting in and of itself. Everglades Isle is a luxury resort for motorcoach or recreational vehicle (RV) users along the Barron River on southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast. The park faces the 10,000 islands, a chain of mangrove inlets that run along the coast, and offers access to nature reserves and deep-water boating. Everglades Isle also touts itself as the only deep-water fuelling facility between Marco Island and Marathon, Florida – a distance of approximately 80 nautical miles.
“It’s a cool place. I’ve never seen anything like it,” says Scott Livingston, vice-president of sales at Wahoo Docks. “You’d never know there was a luxury motorcoach retreat there. It’s a nice place.”
When owner, John Bruce, bought the site there was an existing marina with old wooden docks and a wooden seawall. It required a total overhaul in order to remain part of what he calls a “world class resort.”
“Wahoo suggested certain dock types,” Bruce says. “We flew to different dock manufacturing facilities and were very impressed with Wahoo’s facility near Atlanta. They offered a very competitive price and we were impressed with the product. The CAT5 was perfect.”
“With the tide changing twice a day in this location, they needed a marina system that was structurally strong, aesthetically pleasing, and cost-effective,” Livingston adds. The tidal change on the Barron River is four or five feet over just a few hours with fresh water pouring out and salt streaming back in, and located along the path of many hurricanes.
“Though this dock lays inland from the coast, the water is brackish,” Livingston says. “Aluminum is the perfect choice of material to use since it can withstand the corrosive effects of salt water.”
Read the rest of the article here: Aluminium System for Everglades Island Resort
Wahoo Docks, manufacturers of aluminum docking systems based in Georgia, USA, recently collaborated with Everglades Isle Motorcoach Retreat to design and build a docking system specific to the facility’s location and needs.