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Encourage Outdoor Recreation with Accessible Boardwalks

Following the ADA guidelines for an accessible boardwalk is a crucial part of outdoor recreation. You need to help everyone enjoy the scenery by keeping your site up to code. Waterfront areas rely on ramps and floating walkways to make nature excursions possible for people of all abilities. Redesigning your access routes can make your park, camp, or school better than ever!

Accessible Boardwalk Requirements

Installing a floating walkway on your wetlands or boggy areas can be a great way to create a fun trail that still protects the environment. Pay attention to the key features of what makes your boardwalk accessible, and you’ll be doing your part to make the path safe for everyone.

1. Slopes and Surfaces

The natural terrain of your site will help determine where your ADA walkway should start and end. Considering the slope from land to an over-water boardwalk can be tricky, but the right team can make your new build a success. You’ll need to make sure that wheelchairs can easily move along the route. This is where slope angles (nothing over 1:20) come into play.

Another consideration for your recreation access route is for its surface material. It must be both firm and stable—there are no exceptions to this rule. However, slip resistance isn’t mandatory. You probably won’t be able to control the amount of debris on the walkway from leaves and dirt. As long as you can guarantee a steady surface, you should be in the clear for this first set of requirements.

2. Passing and Resting Spaces

As you design your floating walkway or accessible boardwalk with your dock builder, you’ll also need to pay attention to the number of resting spaces you place along the route. It’s important that people on your path have a chance to stop along the path and take in the scene.

Part of your ADA guidelines include measuring resting spaces that can comfortably fit a wheelchair (or strollers, for that matter) and allow people to turn around on the walkway. These areas on your boardwalk will also give individuals to opportunity to pass other parties, as everyone enjoys the trail at their own pace.

3. Walkway Openings

In order to keep water from collecting on the outdoor recreation access route, your path needs to have openings. Gaps or spaces between the planks that make up your boardwalk will let water drain. You just have to watch how big these openings are for safety.

When the spaces are too large, cane or crutch tips and small wheels can get stuck. The standard requirement is to have openings measure half an inch or less. Of course, there are some exceptions for certain boardwalks. Consulting with your team of dock builders can help you determine the right layout for your site. Environmentally sensitive areas may also require different openings for drainage, so you’ll need to update your designs appropriately.

Build Your Floating Walkway with Deaton’s

If you’re ready to move forward with a new ADA boardwalk or floating walkway, the crew at Deaton’s Waterfront Services can help. We’ve worked with a variety of outdoor recreation sites and we’re always happy to design paths with ADA guidelines in mind. It’s part of our expertise!

We regularly use EZ Dock walkways for wetland sites and other waterfront areas. To learn more about these floating dock walkways, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We can collaborate on the right design for your area’s terrain and make plans to keep your entire boardwalk up to code. When you need accessible features in your park, we’re here to help. Contact us for a quote at (317) 747-4933.

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.