3253 W 1000 N, Fortville, IN 46040, United States


Deaton’s Waterfront Services can help assist you in design of the dock of your dreams.  Whether you are looking to build on a lake, river, or pond, our Staff will help you design the dock you want.  Deaton’s Waterfront Services will provide you with the expertise you need to make the important decisions and help you find the best solutions along the way.


Our team of experts are happy to discuss your needs to help shape your waterfront to be the image of your dreams. We offer free consultations, so anyone interested should not be scared away! We will gladly meet you to determine your water type, square footage, and the feasibility of adding a new dock. Once we have determined what’s right for you, we will pass it along to our design team to render it.


Our design team uses state of the art technology to draw and render docks. Our skilled team members will draw your dock just as you envisioned, right down to the little details. We will provide you with a 3D rendering of your dock along with a 2D drawing marked up with dimensions.  You’ll be able to see exactly what your dock will look like upon installation, so there will be no surprises.


After drawings have been submitted, we will get you a quote based on all the parts you will need. Our quotes go in detail of each part required, and will be included with an estimate of installation and delivery if required.


If you are interested in starting our design process, please Contact Us or give us a call at (317)747-4933. Our team of experts will be happy to assist you and get the ball rolling!

“From conception to reality, call us today to begin your dock project.”

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Gangways and Bridges

Deaton’s Waterfront Services offers gangway options to connect you to the dock or land you need to get to. In nautical terms, a gangway is simply a bridge. There are several factors to consider in a gangway, such as length, width, and attachment method.

Our gangways are constructed of aluminum. Built with a welded-truss structure, aluminum gangway are very heavy-duty. They can withstand water fluctuation and harsh weather conditions. There are many applications for gangways including:

  • Pedestrian Bridges
  • Utility Bridges
  • Trail Bridges
  • Multi-Purpose Bridges
  • Suspended Walkways
  • Elevated Walking Paths

Aluminum bridges are lightweight and are considered to be more durable than other counterparts such as wood or steel. The material will not rust, or flake. They can be used in many different types of applications such as residential, commercial, or municipalities.

A great benefit of aluminum gangways is their ADA compatibility. Getting to a dock can be very rough at times, with gaps between boards or high slopes. Aluminum gangways are built with handrails that provide guidance to prevent wheelchairs or canes from slipping off.

There are many different decking options for a gangway as well. You could go with a composite to give it a wood-decked feel, or aluminum to match the gangway. Our most popular decking option however is Thru-Flow decking, which is made out of PVC with slots in it to allows water to go through and drain. For more information, you can check out Thru-Flow decking here.

Deaton’s Waterfront Services is a proud dealer of Alumadock gangways. Alumadock has many customization options including truss style, railing style, and decking. For more information about Alumadock, please visit their website here.

If you’re interested in a new gangway, or need a bridging system to help create an elevated pathway, feel free to request a quote on our website or give our office a call at (317) 747-4933.

Further Readings

Commercial Dock Design Concerns and Insight

How We Work: Deaton’s Waterfront Services

Why to Plan Your Waterfront Projects in Winter