Versadock FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)
Here is a list of questions that our customers and prospective customers are most interested in when it comes to our floating docks and drive on docking systems. Please contact us if you have any questions that are not answered here. (Click the links below to read the answer to each question)
Versadock’s modular design and superior quality hold up quite well in a hurricane depending on the installation. While no dock is hurricane proof - the Versadock systems have survived quite well. Our customers are reporting excellent results for the docks that were hit hard in all the Hurricanes. The biggest issue is that the docks are securely attached to solid pilings and given plenty of line to be able to absorb the wave energy. In 2 recent cases, a large dock became separated from it's pilings and floated up to shore – both docks were fine after being towed back to a safe location after the storm. In each case, no damage was sustained to the dock and the docks did not fail – just the mounting points on the pilings it was attached to. Please call us on thebest ways to secure your dock in a storm situation.
Versadock’s V-Berth is an easy and safe Drive-on dry docking system. To dock you watercraft, simply approach the dock at idle speed. Gently nose into the V-Channel cradle, and then gently apply the throttle to glide your boat onto the dock where it will rest out of the water and stay.
For most people, they can simply get on the PWC and stand towards the stern. While holding on the handle bars, a shift in your weight will rock the PWC off the dock. For smaller people, simply lean into the PWC and slide it back a few inches until your body weight standing on the back of the PWC will glide it off.
Simply lower your out drive into the water, shift the engine into reverse for a few seconds and then pause back to neutral. This will fill our patent-pending V-Channel with water, creating lift and lubricating the hull and dock. Another shift into reverse and the boat will gently begin to slide off the dock. When the boat starts moving, shift back to neutral until the boat is all the way off the dock.
For your jet boat and for select larger boats, we offer our back winch system. This system will allow you to easily winch the boat back a few feet and then you can get in the boat and your body weight in the stern of the boat will slide it off the dock.
Absolutely, in the areas where there is not a local dealer presence, we can ship your Versadock directly to you or a local freight terminal for pickup.
Maybe, we have a variety of dealer plans available and some areas are still open. Please contact Versadock to explore this possibility.
Yes, in fact, many of our customers install their own docks. Your dock will arrive partially assembled and 2 people can easily do the final assembly and have it in the water in an afternoon.
The Versadock system is shipped via common carrier to either a freight terminal or direct to your door. The core components will be assembled in easy to fit together sections for you to finish.
Many of the Versadock systems come complete with a tool kit. This kit comes with a T-handle wrench to screw in the connecting pins and a wrench for the most common accessories and external connectors. If you are purchasing individual dock sections, tools are available for purchase individually.
If in the warranty period, Versadock will repair or replace the float at no charge. Remember, all the other floats around a damaged float will keep the damaged float buoyant.
Actually just about any mounting method for other floating docks apply here. In most cases, we offer a special float with a sleeve to accept poles that are driven into the ground. The dock will then raise and lower with the water level. Other methods including attaching it to an existing dock and using stand offs to attach to a sea wall or bulk head, or in very deep water, conventional x-crossed chains and anchors.
The High Molecular weight polyethylene that constructs the Versadock system is softer than the gel coat and fiberglass of your boat. The Dock will affect your hull about the same as using a trailer or other bunk style boat lift. Keeping your dock clean and hosed off will minimize the chance of sand and grit on the dock scratching your boat.
After many years of research and development, Versadock has truly embraced the adaptability of modular docking systems. While one-piece rigid drive on docking and slides appear to be more solid in construction, this is not the case. Actually, the opposite is true. One piece designs create tremendous pressure on both the hull of your boat and the dock itself, virtually eliminating “cradling” the boat and eliminating pressure points on your hull and the internal stringers. The multiple-float design of the V-channel ensures that your Versadock will move with the unique shape of your hull-providing a custom fit for virtually all watercraft. Most importantly though, our system’s custom configuration of v-floats, half-floats, and full floats provides the lowest water-entry point in the modular dock industry. This system subsequently provides the lowest angle of approach in the business. Rigid docks are just that-rigid and in our opinion are unsafe.
The Versadock system is built to withstand harsh environments. Our floats will dissipate energy every 19 inches and roll with the waves, unlike some of the other systems where the floats are 4 or 8 feet long. For heavy waves, it is necessary that your craft be tied down securely and that you frequently check the dock to ensure that all connections are tight and secure.
First, since every situation is a little different, be sure to consult with your Versadock sales rep. Second, the dock is typically secured with weights and x-crossed chained with a smaller dead weight in the center of the chains.
Do you have to clean them? Barnacles have minimal effect on the Versadock system. They will grow about ½ to 1 inch and then slough off and start again. The weight is negligible on the dock system. If the minor growth on the side bothers you – you can easily remove the growth from the side of the dock with a stiff brush or pressure washer.
The Versadock Floating Docks system are virtually maintenance free. You will want to hose it off and keep the dirt and grit off. In rough water, you will want to check the connecting pins and attachment points about twice a year to make sure everything is tight.
No, with the Versadock V-Berth systems, your boat is completely out of the water and dry. If you have bottom paint already, the dock will eventually wear on the bottom paint where the hull is in contact with the dock.
Other Drive on docks I have seen use fewer floats and are open in the middle – Versadock is solid – isn’t that more expensive?
No it’s not more expensive and it’s a much better and safer solution. We built the company on offering great products at great prices. The use of more floats costs us more but we feel good about offering a safer product that you and your friends will not fall through. Safety is very important to us and we will not scrimp on a few floats to just make more money. Even with all the extra pieces on our docks, our product tends to be less than our competitors.
We chose grey because it is a natural color that doesn’t show dirt and because of its lighter color, won’t overheat in the sun. Sure, black is cheaper,but it gets extremely hot to walk on in the sun and is dangerous to walk on at night. We can and have made floats in other colors for special applications.
The systems originated in Europe in the early 1970′s. They were originally used as temporary bridges for the military as well as floating docks. In this country, over 12,000 floats were used at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. These floats are still in use today. The first drive on docks were invented and used back in 1983 in preparation for the Olympics. Most of the other Drive on docking systems are based on exactly the same solution that was created back then with little improvement. Versadock is the first modular floating docks system to completely innovate the solution and we created and patented the V-Float to provide the best, safest, modular floating drive on dry dock available today.
We have been creating and distributing marine docks products for well over 20years. The Versadock product line was introduced in 2003 and with offices in both the United States and the United Kingdom, we have many installations worldwide.
Yes. Our new Channel Routing Technology is the first in its kind for modular floating docks. Channels in the sides of the floats, cradle cables, conduit and hoses internally so that utilities can be routed safely through the dock and above the water line. In fact, many of our customer run a hose with a disconnect through their V-Berth product so they have an internal quick-flush kit for their boat or PWC.
Each of the full floats will hold over 200 lbs. 9 FLOATS WILL HOLD ONE TON! The V-Floats will hold right at 100 lbs. So our dock definitely has enough buoyancy for your boat.
It depends on the area. In most cases your Versadock system is considered a temporary structure and may not require a permit. It really depends on your local regulations.
In Florida there is a state statute that exempts most floating docks used as floating vessel platforms but there are certain requirements to be met. While this is a Florida Statute, we have been advised by Pinellas County in Florida that a Permit is required and need to advise you accordingly.
Yes. Many customers have registered their Versadock systems as both motorized and non-motorized boats and barges. This sometimes simplifies local requirements.
The Versadock system can be configured to dampen waves. In a typical Drive on Docking configuration, the docks will not affect the wave action. Please call us to find out more about wave dampening.
Our normal floats are extra heavy duty but if you have special requirements, please contact us for your needs.
We have many customers who use their Versadock in a marina to protect their boats and keep them clean. Many marinas prefer this system to a lift for aesthetics and ease of relocation
By using a row of the V-Floats with the flat side up it will form a bridge for the water to pass under the dock. This allows debris to not get caught up alongside your floating dock.
Yes. In fact you can use a few rows of the V-Floats, flat side up to form a series of steps or a gentle ramp to your main floating dock. The floats are fine sitting on dry ground.
The Versadock floating docks system is engineered to be extremely durable and flexible to allow it to handle harsh wave action in most storms.
The Versadock floating docks are designed to be left in the ice for the winter in conditions where there is no ice movement. The special design of the floats allows the dock to pop up on top of the ice. When using our Post Float mounting option, poles should be removed for winter storage.
Yes, you can use our floating docks anywhere you can drive your boat or PWC. The dock is fine at rest on the bottom during low tides. The important thing is that there is enough depth at the stern of the dock to allow the boat to back off. While not as extreme as other drive on docking systems, the stern of the boat or PWC will angle slightly downward when driving off a V-Berth system.