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Old 02-21-2013, 10:27 PM
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We have an aluminum dock, but not with aluminum decking so I can't help there. However some folks in our lake community didn't think it would hold up as well as their steel docks and so far its held strong through 5 years and a few close call tornados.

Ours is anchored on shore with a floating dock at the end of a 30' bridge/walkway.
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:46 PM
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The anodized aluminum decking caught my eye at the show yesterday. Anyone have any experience with this? How is it in the sun? Does it get hot? The decking had some traction grooves, but does this still get slippery for wet kids? It's really light and sounds like it would last forever, just curious if anyone here has had experience with it.

Every dock on my lake is floating- the level fluctuates at least 20' annually.

Many of the newer docks, including ours are aluminum. They hold up well as long as you don't set them down on a stump if we have a deep draw down for dam maintenance etc.

Our dock has Ipe decking (brazilian hardwood like teak), but several of our friends have the anodized aluminum decking in light colors. It does not get nearly as hot as the Ipe.
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:14 AM
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We have an aluminum dock with the aluminum decking. It can get pretty warm but most things do, if exposed to the sun long enough. Throw some water on it and it will stay cool for a good long period.

My only complaint with the aluminum decking is that it is noisy. Our dock has a flat top that the kids jump off of, so when they run across it, it can make some noise. Walking is not a problem.

Ours came with the lake house, so I didn't have an option. But after having it for a year, I would buy it, if I were to install a new dock. Ease of maintenance and no painting/staining.
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:45 PM
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Or rusting, almost maintance free
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Old 02-23-2013, 06:07 AM
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Yes. I priced out a aluminum Voyager dock system at the boat show last month because my wife bought. 24' pontoon. I need extra space and hauling my wood one out last fall sucked. I had no idea how expense Al docks can add up to. I am thinking about just adding on more wood sections to accommodate the pontoon to the right of the MC - kind of an "h" leg. I have not priced out the wood material costs yet. Based on this costing I will make the final call and if it ends up being wood I will build it while the lake is frozen and use that ice to my advantage as a work space
Update on my situation. My dealer's quote was really good for a complete 4x10 section including composite decking and posts for $699. I did not realize it until I looked at Menards. To buy a kit for a 4x10 section with the brackets, wood, and poles was about $650 and then you have to assemble it. Not to mention you have a heavy dock that needs maintainence. Although the Voyager brand isn't mainstream yet I looked over their design and it is made very well and at this price it is tough to beat.
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Old 02-24-2013, 03:51 PM
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:39 AM
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Temporary Winter dock.

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Old 02-25-2013, 06:59 PM
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Nice red 190. I wish my winter dock looked like that
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:56 PM
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:12 PM
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