Pier and Dock FAQ
Q. Can I reconfigure or move the Endres pier system?
A. Our pier system is designed to allow our customers the option of reconfiguring or moving the pier with ease. All of our pier system components are interchangeable.
Q. Why are Endres boat dock systems made of galvanized steel vs. aluminum?
A. Several reasons: Structurally the steel and steel welds are much stronger than aluminum. Aluminum is more expensive and is far more prone to weld fatigue and failure than steel. Our steel frames weigh approximately 65 lbs each, so weight is not an issue.
Q. My lake bottom is very mucky, how do I keep the boat dock from sinking into the muck?
A. Our customers place larger pads under the dock footplates. Patio blocks or pieces of wood are inexpensive way to solve the problem for mucky lake bottoms.
Q. Does the Endres dock system need to be removed in the winter?
A. Freezing temperatures will not harm the Endres pier system; however shifting ice can create problems for any system. We recommend removal during the winter months. We also recommend that you check with your neighbors to see what they do with their piers.
Q. How often do I need to treat the cedar decking on my Endres boat dock?
A. Cedar decking does not need to be treated; however if you do just ask the hardware store what to use and how often. They are the experts on stains for treating decks.
Q. What type of boat dock fits needs best?
A. Call us and we can point you in the right direction. We do not carry all types of boat docks and refer our customers to the right type of system if we are not the right fit. For example if your boat dock needs to be in very deep water (over 9’) a floating pier is most likely the answer.
Q. What are the DNR rules regarding docks/piers?
A. We know the general rules so you can call us or go to the DNR website at: http://dnr.wi.gov/org/water/fhp/waterway/factsheets/Piers2008.pdf
Q. What are my decking options?
A. White Vinyl or Cedar
Q. What size are your pier frames?
A. 4’ wide x 6’8” long or 3’ wide x 6’8” long.
Q. How much does the frames and decks weigh?
A. 4’ wide Frames 65 lbs./each, 4’ wide Cedar decks 28 lbs/each, 4’ wide Vinyl decks 45 lbs./each. 3’ wide sections are about 20% less in weight.
Q. How much assembly is required with a new Endres Boat Dock?
A. The only assembly you will be doing the first time is putting the legs into the pier posts. The frames and docks are already fully assembled.
Marine Rail Track System FAQ
Q. What should I do to maintain my Endres Marine Rail Track System?
1. Check for frayed cables and /or binding pulleys.
2. Grease all components at least once a year.
3. Check to make sure all connections are secure.
4. Make sure you are familiar with all of the parts of your system.
5. Keep the track and dolley free of weeds and debris.
Q. Can I put either a run-a-bout boat or a pontoon boat on my Marine Rail Boat Track System?
A. Our system can accommodate run-a-about boats, deck boats and pontoon boats. Custom boat dolleys are available.
Q. What is a gravity Marine Rail Boat Track System?
A. The gravity system means that it works like a simple winch system. Gravity takes the boat down the track (sufficient drop in the track is required) and the winch pulls the boat back into the boathouse or up on to shore.
Q. How does the remote control work for the Track System?
A. The remote is placed between the motor and the power source. The control is a small remote that will fit on a key chain. It works basically the same as a garage door opener.
Q. What pitch is required the Endres Marine Rail Track System in order to keep the dolley rolling down the track?
A. We recommend at least 6” per 10 feet.
Q. What do I need to do if I purchase a new boat?
A. The dolley is adjustable, so it may only be a matter of taking a few minutes to readjust the guide arms or possibly the dolley length.
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