Whether your boat dock is a plank float bobbing with a waterfall, a deck and a monitoring tower at the lakeshore or some marvel, it is possible to spruce it up for a waterfront destination in addition to an anchorage. Consider chairs, color, amenities and decor style that show your dedication to all things regatta-ready or seaworthy, or capable of hauling you down the river and staying afloat.
The Yacht of Boat Docks
When you are docking a vessel rather than a dinghy, you may want the decoration to represent your investment that is floating. A boat dock that is grand isn’t limited to some teak walkway on pontoons. Commission a two-story retreat with pilings and a great deal of a screened or glass upstairs lookout for your guests and you, and monogrammed bumpers for your ship. Curtains with brass grommets hook onto oar curtain sticks that are horizontal. Teak furniture is nice, but keep the cushions minimal with unbleached canvas covers, therefore all of the colour comes from sunset and the sunrise over the water. A rug on the ground is durable enough to survive yachting seasons, and plastic pendants or white resin look. Dedicate the rear wall into a kitchen with brushed stainless appliances and a boat’s head and shower with a glass porthole supporting a teak door.
An Old Salt’s Dock
Tideline trash and scraps are the raw material for a boat dock that is decorated. A cluster of glass fishing floats strung on a piling, a shade canopy made from a classic sail supported by beat-up wooden oars lashed to poles, a rope hammock suspended from pier pilings topped by glued-on conch shells or resin pelicans — all of it says: Boaters hang out here. String semaphore pennants between bamboo poles to make an entry arch. Stencil”Beware of Barracudas” or”All-U-Can-Eat” on the backsplash of a weathered wood fish-gutting channel. Throw some vinyl cushions fill it full of ice hockey and pop-top cans on crab transport crates or vintage lobster; score a classic metal cooler online; and you are prepared for a dock party.
A Dockside Picnic
Summer picnics on the lake go no further than the pier when you haul a cable spool or two and the porch furniture down and tackle the shabby wood using a can of paint. Sand the rough edges off the wood and spray or brush on a rainbow of colors on your group, piece by piece. Hot cherry, banana yellow, lime green and lagoon turquoise Adirondack chairs cluster around a minimal cable spool painted avocado and tangerine purple. Color is provided by A market umbrella secured in the center opening of the spool and a series of lights in the form of tropical fish borders the umbrella to get a rainbow glow at night. Add green and red port and starboard lanterns posted on pilings while you’re waiting for your ship to enter and serve cold drinks and seafood.
Vacations on the Dock
In the event sails parade beyond your dock, you obligated to jazz it up a bit with tinsel and some lights. Utilize the tools of the trade for simple glitter. Wrap crab pot wire into beams, thread them with tape and coloured light strings or nail them into the pier. Plug the lights at sundown to get a cluster of multicolored twinkling Christmas trees in your power source. Twist an evergreen garland and more lights around an life ring and then suspend it from a pier piling. Put on each piling for mega-watt decoration. Light strings and metallic silver fringe — maybe not tinsel that is messy — should outline the cruiser’s bow railing or stays.