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Floating Dock Rentals: Benefits for Waterfront Events

Floating dock rentals can be a great way to get your waterfront ready for its next big event. That’s because renting your dock lets you get the equipment you need, without the long-term investment.

An experienced waterfront services company can help you design and install the perfect dock rental for any occasion. Odds are, you’ll need different products if you’re preparing for a fishing tournament instead of a regatta. The same goes for over-water walkways and platforms. When you plan early and work with the pros, you’ll be set up in record time!

Floating Dock Rental Benefits

There are plenty of reasons why private parties or even public waterfronts may want to rent a dock for their event. Smaller marinas, for example, may not want to have a dock installed year-round. Even sites with a rowing club may need additional floating docks when they’re hosting an event.

Whatever the motivation, finding a reputable floating dock rental company is key. The best docks will be safe and stable—which is even more true for a rental dock. That’s where a waterfront services team can help you out.

Low-Profile Floating Dock

Because low-profile floating docks are closer to the water, they’re the preferred product for boat races like regattas. These types of floating dock rentals play a vital role for your participants and athletes as they enter and exit their shells. Dock rentals even allow you to customize your layout to suit single shells, 8-person shells, and even kayaks or canoes.

Custom Floating Dock Design

Other modular dock products work great if you need a more specialized design for your event. Adding on  platforms or an extra observation section can help  give everyone a great view of the action. A dock expert can help design a system that’s perfect for your event size, water depth, and other key features. Carefully reviewing all those factors will make you dock rental safe and secure (and help your event go off without a hitch).

Dock systems should be accessible for a variety of events—not just boating. You may even want a floating dock for a firework display. Or perhaps you need a more expansive, temporary dock system for another weekend event? Either way, it’s important to find a company you can trust.

Rent a Dock for Your Next Event

Safety is key at any public or private event, especially when you’re on the water. The types of products your contractor will use can make a big difference in your guests’ overall experience. At Deaton’s Waterfront Services, we only work with the best. Our rental dock units will help you create a secure system for your upcoming regatta, boat show, fishing tournament, or other waterfront event.

We often prefer to work with EZ Dock products because their construction is durable and versatile. The modular design makes it easy to customize the layout to fit your needs, and you’ll feel confident knowing that the material has a good grip. (Some are even barefoot-friendly!)

From start to finish, the Deaton’s Waterfront Services team is here to help whenever you want to rent a dock. We’ll collaborate with you in the design, delivery, install, and removal to make your rental experience easier than ever. Please give us a call at (317) 747-4933 to get started, or send us a message to reserve your dock rental dates today!

How to Choose the Right Boat Lift

There’s no one boat lift that’s hands-down “the best” because every boat and waterfront is different. Boat lifts are all about protecting your watercraft, so in a lot of ways, any lift can be a great investment. As long as it safely removes or stores your boat out of water, you’re getting a good deal. You just have to know which size and features are right for you.

Types of Boat Lifts

For simplicity’s sake, we’re talking about four different types of boat lifts for this article: stationary, floating, hydraulic, and cable. Each of these styles come in various sizes, but the general model is the same. The different boat lift styles all come with their own benefits, too. Finding the right one just depends on your personal criteria.

Stationary Boat Lift

Boat lifts that are stationary typically do best with low water fluctuation. Sites that have under eight feet of water often go with stationary boat lifts because these smaller models are relatively easy to install, especially for your PWC.

Floating Boat Lift

Going with a floating boat lift is often good for shorelines with a rapid drop-off, as well as docks that have over eight feet of water. Floating boat lifts work best for areas with lots of water fluctuation—which makes them super versatile.

Cable Boat Lift

Manual boat lifts, also known as cable boat lifts, are ideal for watercrafts of varying sizes. These lifts can safely handle boats all the way up to 5,000 lb. or more. (We’re big fans of the cable boat lift Wheel Lock Mechanism from ShoreStation.)

Hydraulic Boat Lift

Hydraulic boat lifts are great for their low maintenance and convenient boat entry. If you have a boat house or a large watercraft, a hydraulic lift is probably the way to go. These powerhouses can lift and lower your boat in about a minute, just with the touch of a button.

For long-term investment, it often helps to look at lifts that can be easily customized to fit any hull type. Boat lifts that come with multiple options and interchangeable features will usually deliver the best results for your money. They should work with the site and boat you have now, and still give you flexibility if you decide on getting any new watercrafts.

Finding the Right Boat Lift

The best boat lift for your watercraft must be suitable for your water depth and your boat’s weight and width. Knowing those measurements will automatically rule out a couple of boat lift options you might be considering. But if you still have trouble deciding, be sure to talk with a local waterfront services company. They’ll help give you an idea of which direction to go in—both for your needs now, and down the line.

Discussing your options with a boat lift professional can help you know what your best boat lift options might be for your area, watercraft, and lifestyle. You don’t want to make any mistakes calculating your dry weight or dock compatibility. A waterfront services company can help you find the right fit and even get you a great deal on used boat lifts.

Boat Lifts from Deaton’s Waterfront Services

Deaton’s Waterfront Services is an authorized dealer for the best boat lifts on the market today, including ShoreStation, Sunstream, and Poly Lift. We’re also proud of our used boat lift inventory. Whether you want a new lift or a used boat lift, we’d be happy to help you out.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Deaton’s Waterfront Services if you have any questions about installing a boat lift or would like to request a quote. Our experienced team of waterfront experts is here to make the process simple and streamlined so you can protect your boat for the long-term and enjoy your time on the water.

Pitfalls with Used Dock Equipment—and How to Avoid Them

Buying waterfront property is a great when you love spending time on the water. Having a dock already installed can be really convenient, too. But try not to get ahead of yourself. Just because there’s water and a dock, the property may not be the best fit for your lifestyle.

Home inspections help tell you whether the house you’re looking at is structurally sound and built to code. Checking out a property’s used dock equipment works the same way. When you’re aware of the possible problems you can get with used docks, it’s a lot easier to save yourself from financial upsets—or even safety hazards—down the road. You might be in for a rough ride if the dock wasn’t installed properly.

Check for Dock Damage

It’s normal to do a home tour when you’re thinking of buying a new property, so don’t skip out on walking the used dock. Dock equipment ages just like anything else around your property. You’re looking for two things in the beginning: rot and rust. Noticing either of these signs could mean long-term trouble for your waterfront.

Used wood docks can develop rot for any number of reasons. The planks might not have been treated properly, the wood could be poor quality, or it’s just been neglected for too long. Because wood rot can spread, it’s important to take care of the issue early on. The same goes for rust. Metal supports or other components that appear to have rust may jeopardize the integrity of the structure. With enough damage, the dock may not be safe enough to use. Seeing either rot or rust should definitely be a red flag.

Professional Dock Inspection

Whether or not you see rust or rot problems, you might still consider taking a closer look at the dock equipment. A professional waterfront specialist can come out with the proper equipment to assess the durability and construction of the dock from every angle. It’s a great way to get true peace of mind before making an offer or purchase.

For starters, a professional dock inspection will let you know whether the support beams on a stationary dock have any problems with warping or cracks. These supports need to be strong if the dock is going to survive long-term use. Any indications of damage might lead to bigger safety issues.

Buyers should also be aware of the risks of foundation deterioration or sand band erosion around waterfront properties. Hiring a waterfront expert can help give you an unbiased opinion of the dock’s surroundings. Again, like home inspections, a dock inspection will offer you an in-depth analysis of the structure. If you’re going to make a well-informed decision about a new property or dock, you’ll want to have all the facts. They’ll either point out a couple concerns, or tell you it’s good to go!

Deaton’s Waterfront Services

You may have fallen in love with a waterfront view, but if the dock is severely damaged, you might need to think twice about making an offer. Will the dock last well into the future? Are you willing to pay for dock repairs? The structure needs to be stable and secure for you to truly enjoy life on the water. Talking with a dock expert can help you decide ahead of time whether the setup is right for you.

For more information or to schedule your own dock inspection, you can always call on Deaton’s Waterfront Services. We’re proud to serve the waterfront needs of Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, and Tennessee. Contact us today to get started!

New EZ Dock Boating Products for 2017

The new line of 2017 EZ Dock products is making a big splash this year. Whether your dock is already in place, or you’re still making plans to get your system installed, these two new add-on options are great for personalizing your waterfront property. Build the dock that matches your needs and interests with one of these fantastic setups!

These new dock systems are perfect for rowing and kayak enthusiasts. The special designs give you easier access to the water and work seamlessly with both residential and commercial docks. And just like everything in the EZ Dock brand, the new products are all about versatility.

Low Profile Dock

We’re now offering installation services for the new Low Profile Dock from EZ Dock. This is an ideal match for waterfront properties that want easy access for their fishing, swimming, boating and rowing adventures. Because the freeboard planks float even closer to the water, it’s the perfect platform for entering your boat safely and conveniently. Or you can use it as a regular dock for just jumping right in to the water!

  • New Low Profile Dock
  • Low Maintenance & Great Stability
  • High Load Capacity for multiple launches (on both sides)
  • Compatible with traditional docks and standard EZ Dock systems
  • Modular Design for multiple applications

This new addition to the EZ Dock product line is also known as their Rowing Dock. With its shallow height and durability, this modular system is the perfect dock for recreational and competitive rowers. These low-profile docks even exceed the US Rowing standards, as well as the International Rowing Federation (FISA) standards. With this setup, you’ll know you’re getting great quality for rowers of every level!

You can even reconfigured your design if you need to change locations or move the dock for upcoming events. The versatile construction with EZ Dock products helps you create the systems that’s perfect for your waterfront. We’re excited to help our clients set up these unique systems!

Canoe & Kayak Launch

The release of the new Kayak Launch from EZ Dock is great for lots of small boat types. This sleek design makes it easier than ever to enter and exit your kayak or canoe. Even as water levels rise and fall, the floating platform on this launch give you comfortable access to your favorite water activities. Guard rails for safety and convenient launch rollers will help get you out on the water in no time.

  • New Canoe & Kayak Launch
  • Guide rails for safe access in and out of boat
  • Launch rollers to help move watercraft
  • Floating Platform fits with Standard EZ Dock systems
  • Universal Access Features

Whether you want a kayak launch for your private property or a commercial site, these new design features will make boating fun and even more approachable. Secure railings and a unique Accessible Transfer System provide top of the line safety and assistance to users of all levels. A transfer bench and slide boards even allow users to enter their boat while sitting. It’s a more comfortable transfer, and the system even surpasses the minimum requirements outlined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

You can also pair the EZ Launch Accessible Transfer System with this kayak launch. A transfer bench with two heights helps ease the transition from a wheelchair to the boat, and the slide boards come with two different heights to accommodate varying watercraft sizes. (For more information on these features, check out the product video from EZ Dock.)

Get the Upgrade!

Updating your current dock setup or preparing to install your floating dock is a breeze when you have the right contractors. Contact Deaton’s Waterfront Services today to learn more about these new 2017 products from EZ Dock. We’re always available for consultations and look forward to telling you more about the best docking system for your active lifestyle.

The 2017 Midwest Boat Shows and Event Details

Mark your calendar—this year’s boat shows are already underway! There’s no reason to only visit the event in your home-state. Each of the 5 big Midwest boat shows are worth checking out. Review the details below, and then get ready for a great year of outdoor fun.

Midwest Boat Shows for 2017

Cincinnati Boat Show

Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show 2017
When: January 13-15 & 18-22
Where: Duke Energy Convention Center
Admission Cost: $12 for adults
Reduced admission when you purchase in advance online

The 2017 Cincinnati Boat Show runs for a total of 8 days that are spread across 2 weekends this January. For stress-free parking, guests can even make online reservations. Just secure your guaranteed parking spot ahead of time to park near the Convention Center.

To celebrate their 60-year anniversary, the boat show is offering FREE admission on January 13th from 5:00-9:30pm. This is one party you won’t want to miss! With over 20 different marine dealers on display, there will be plenty to see at this year’s event.

Nashville Boat Show

Progressive Insurance Nashville Boat and Sportshow 2017
When: January 19-22
Where: Music City Center
Admission Cost: $12 for adults
Free admission for active military & veterans, and ages 15 & younger

The 2017 Nashville Boat Show runs for 4 days. The best parking access can be found at the 7th Avenue and Demonbreun entrance. Once you’re in, there are plenty of new boats and booth exhibits to check out.

If you plan to stop by this event, be sure to swing by one of the educational marine seminars. These 30-minute talks are a great way to learn more about your boating equipment and get some practical maintenance tips. You can even pick up a few tricks about easy camp cooking.

Louisville Boat Show

Progressive Insurance Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow 2017
When: January 25-29
Where: Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center
Admission Cost: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors
Free admission for active military & veterans, and ages 15 & younger

The 2017 Louisville Boat Show runs for 5 days. The Exposition Center has plenty of parking for $8, so it should be easy to find a spot.

Outdoor enthusiasts love this event because it features all the top gear for boating, fishing, and camping. In addition to the education seminars, guests will have a great time checking out this year’s featured products. There’s something here for everyone—whether you’re interested in dock equipment or the latest kayaks and watersport gear.

St. Louis Boat Show

Progressive Insurance St. Louis Boat & Sportshow 2017
When: January 26-29
Where: America’s Center & The Dome
Admission Cost: $12 for adults
Free admission for ages 15 & younger

The 2017 St. Louis Boat Show runs for 4 days at America’s Center & The Dome. Parking lots around the facilities will be available for $10-$15/car. Discounted parking spaces and a free shuttle service are located half a mile away.

This family-friendly event has lots of fun for all ages. There’s a paddle sports pool, catch-and-release trout pond, and even a make-believe pirate ship to explore. Other featured activities include professional casting demos and fishing tips seminars.

Indianapolis Boat Show

Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show 2017
When: February 17-26
Where: Indiana State Fairgrounds
Admission Cost: $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $8 for ages 6-12
Free admission for children ages 5 & younger

As the last event of the season, attending the 2017 Indianapolis Boat Show should definitely be high on your list. There’s always lots to see and do—which is probably why the show lasts for 9 days.

The speakers list at this year’s boat show are sure to impress the crowds. Fishing experts will teach visitors about new techniques and even share some advice on using different baits. No matter your skill level, there’s bound to be something new to learn!

If you’re planning to go to the Indianapolis Boat Show this year, please be sure to reach out. Deaton’s Waterfront Services is proud to be one of the 2017 exhibitors, and we have plenty of event tickets to share! Just send us a message—we’d be happy to set you up with a free pass.

Top 5 Reasons to Rent a Floating Dock

A lot of individuals want to use a floating dock for a special occasion, but don’t necessarily need a permanent setup. Dock rentals can offer a great solution. With a temporary installation, you get the best of both worlds—a custom waterfront setup without the long-term commitment.

Whether you’re looking to rent a floating dock for work or play, an experienced waterfront services company can help you out with everything from dock design to installation. Rental options can range from one day to a full year. No matter what the occasion is, there are plenty of floating dock options to meet your needs.

Best Uses for a Dock Rental

1. Vacation Property Floating Docks

For property owners, renting a dock can be fantastic, near-instant upgrade. Dock rentals for cabins and other vacation homes are an easy way to get the waterfront access you and your guests love. And the best part? You only have the dock when you want to use it!

Dock rentals also offer an added bonus to property owners who rent their space out to other vacationers while they aren’t there. Listings with private floating docks can offer big perks to potential guests. Being able to say you have a private floating dock on the lake means that water sports enthusiasts can use their own boat, personal water craft, or kayak while vacationing at your place.

2. Temporary Installations for Waterfront Races

Marinas love to rent docks for their one-day or weekend events. Whether it’s a rental dock for a swimming competition or some other rowing other boating activity, a temporary install can help you run the event flawlessly without the long-term investment.

The best floating docks come with a modular setup that makes renting cost-effective too. Because it’s easy to customize your setup, both your walkway and your dock can be constructed to meet all of your needs for the race participants and management crew. Just rent whatever dock pieces you need, and you’ll be able to have plenty of space to walk around or dry-dock for a safe and professional event.

3. Marine Research Dock Rentals

Other users might need a floating dock for science. Conducting waterfront research and trying to collect data can be tricky without a steady surface. A temporary dock installation is a great way to get the waterfront access you need on a river, lake, or pond.

Marine researchers all across the country depend on strong docking systems to do their work efficiently. You can even change the configuration to accommodate your research area, or move the modular sections as need be throughout the testing. Just talk to your dock rental expert to help you design the right setup for your project. The right dock setup can give you everything you need—from a basic diving platform to a large, floating barge.

4. Summer Camp Floating Docks

Modular plastic floating docks have a lot of benefits for safety-conscious summer camps. The sturdy polyethylene surface is a great upgrade on the old classic wood docks, and renting can be a lot most cost effective than replacing an outdated setup.

Renting is a great way to keep your warranty up to date too—especially when for docks that get heavy use just a couple months out of the year. For both boating and swimming, plastic dock rentals give summer camps the durability they want and the safety features they need. An EZ Dock rental system, for example, comes with textured, non-skid surfaces. Plus, you can place them wherever you want. With seasonal rentals, it’s easy to switch up your lake dock layout from year to year. The temporary installs are made to be as versatile as all of your camp activities and campers.

5. Dock Rentals for Weddings & Family Gatherings

Floating docks probably get their best use as rentals with special events. Waterfront weddings are especially memorable when the vows can be said right over the water. Whether the event is for a large wedding party, a family reunion, or another big group gathering, a rental dock can help make those moments shine.

We think the EZ Dock setup makes for the best floating dock wedding option because their products are known for their durability and slip-resistant surfaces. The firmness of the molded plastic material and the unique coupler system helps guests can feel comfortable throughout the entire event—no matter what the occasion might be. Why stay on shore when you can get right above the water? Floating docks are the perfect way to enjoy the water, but still stay dry!

If you have questions about renting a floating dock for your next event, please feel free to reach out. At Deaton’s Waterfront Services, we’re always happy to consult on custom projects. We’ve got the right dock system for just about any rental setup!

What’s the Best Material for My Dock?

There’s a lot to think about for a new dock structure. As with any new building project, you want to consider the material’s cost and durability to make sure it’s worth your investment. This decking material overview can help point you in the right direction—whether you’re on a budget, or just focused on performance and upkeep.

Floating Dock vs. Stationary Dock

Knowing your water table’s depth is one of the first steps in the deck design process. High flow areas typically use floating docks. Those systems require a special installation process with framing to keep the dock stable year-round. Lower water zones (depths about 10 feet or less) often use stationary docks. If your water table fluctuates higher than that, you’re probably better off with a custom floating dock.

Project costs can vary based on the type of dock system you need. So when comparing deck materials, it’s important to remember their application. Each material has its own benefits, but you might prefer one style over another depending on your dock type and how the end result will look.

Decking Material for Docks


This material is typically only used for floating docks—so if you need a stationary dock, feel free to skip ahead. The maintenance required for wood decking doesn’t always sound appealing, and concrete offers a solution. Because there’s no chance of it rotting, these types of floating docks often boast a much longer life-span.

Pros: Concrete dock setups are really solid. Even in stormy weather and high waters, a concrete deck is going to feel level. Plus, they won’t put the marine ecosystem in danger. Unlike treated wood, concrete can’t release any toxins into the water.

Cons: Of course, concrete may not be for everyone. Because it’s built to be tough, concrete may not be as “attractive” as other decking materials. That might be perfectly fine for commercial or industrial use, but if you want a dock to lounge around on, you might be better off with another option.


Made from a combination of wood fibers and plastic, composite decking tries to give docks the best of both worlds. These materials tend to last longer and require less maintenance than regular wood, yet still come up cheaper than aluminum decking.

Pros: Composite gives you the look of wood without the upkeep. You still get the appeal of a natural wood grain style for your deck, but there’s no need to stain it every few years. Composite can be a great middle-ground if you want a classic look with a little more durability.

Cons: Composite decking needs to be washed occasionally to prevent mildew stains—especially if the dock is in a shady area. The wood fibers in some types of composite material can start to decay if they’re not properly cared for.


PVC decking is a light-weight option for both floating and stationary docks. The plastic polymer is gaining new fans in the waterfront industry because it’s easy to clean and has great options for non-slip deck surfaces.

Pros: This material puts an end to all the major maintenance worries. It’s completely mold- and mildew-resistant (unlike wood and certain composites) and won’t even fade in the sun. With PVC, what you see is what you get. No staining or re-painting required.

Cons: On the flip side, PVC decking can end up being more expensive than a composite material. It also comes with that plastic feel underfoot. It’s great if you don’t want your dock to get too hot, but the hollow PVC versions can also feel less sturdy than say, a concrete platform.


As another low-maintenance decking option, aluminum is often the material of choice for dock owners who want versatility. Aluminum can be left plain or powder coated. The coating options are long-lasting and some can even get the aluminum decking to resemble wood.

Pros: As with PVC, aluminum decking won’t decay. As an added bonus, aluminum won’t warp or twist. The lightweight panels have an excellent durability rating and can be easily removed whenever the dock frame needs to be inspected.

Cons: Similar to concrete, going with aluminum might be better choice for industrial or commercial dock needs. It’s expensive, and applying a powder coat can also add to the dock cost. But in the end, aluminum might still be worth it because it doesn’t require regular maintenance.


The unique panel design of ThruFlow decking systems lets sunlight pass right through the dock surface so marine environments can still get the sunrays they need to thrive. For the environmentally-conscious, a ThruFlow setup is often the way to go.

Pros: The grated decking structure helps keep dock surfaces dry. Water and sunlight can move through the dock with ease, and the anti-slip surface makes it a safe choice for all types of waterfront activities.

Cons: ThruFlow docks are low-maintenance like aluminum and PVC decking, but they too come with some setbacks. Their grated design openings, although narrow, can mean that a dropped key or fishing lure might be gone for good—at the bottom of the water.

EZ Dock

An EZ Dock system doesn’t use any fillers or foam to stay afloat. The thick polyethylene sections and unique chamber design keep the dock sections buoyant and stable in all types of weather. These docks come with non-skid textures and have grooves molded into each section. You get great footing on deck—even when the surface is wet.

Pros: Modular dock sections give you an easy way to change your setup. Even if you want to stay small now, you’ll have the option to expand or reconfigure your dock down the road.

Cons: Some dock owners may still prefer a wooden deck’s aesthetic, but we like EZ Dock because it combines low-maintenance with long-lasting durability. What else is there to critique? It’s kind of win-win dock setup.

Whether you’re looking to install a new dock or need an upgrade on your current setup, choosing the right decking material is key. Different materials have inherently different benefits, but once you’ve weighed the options you’ll be ready to start planning for your project.

If you have further questions about the best decking materials for Indiana lakes and marinas, please don’t hesitate to contact us. At Deaton’s Waterfront Services, we’re always happy to provide a free consultation for your dock design or new installation.