Plan Your Project

From start to finish, we are your waterfront specialists

"The Dock Doctors" have been designing, manufacturing, and installing residential and commercial waterfront products since 1985. With over 30 years of experience, we have the knowledge and understanding of the level of structural integrity required in the Northeast.

We design and manufacture all of our products in our state-of-the-art facility in Ferrisburgh, Vermont. We have installed thousands of docks, stair systems, boathouses, and hillside elevators. We specialize in designs for unique and difficult sites. 

We offer both "stock" and "custom" products.  Our "stock" docks, boatlifts, and paddle products are readily available and can be either be picked-up, delivered, or depending upon the product, even shipped directly to you with minimal time frames. If we determine that your needs dictate one of our custom products, the steps below are the typical process for planning your waterfront system.

We can complete our "site survey" together with you on the phone, or you may submit it online. The site survey will provide us the initial information on your goals and site conditions so we can move forward with assisting you with planning your project.

Please call to inquire about visiting one of our three locations or to speak with our sales staff about your next waterfront project.

Step 1: Planning for your custom project

The first step to your waterfront project is to complete our site survey.  This will help us to determine the best products for your particular site and recreational needs. We recommend doing this well in advance, as timeframes can be affected by several factors, including product demand, permitting, manufacturing, service, and weather conditions.

Step 2: Estimates/Proposals/Designs

We can often provide an estimate based on the information obtained from the site survey. If a site visit is necessary, a final proposal is prepared once that visit is performed to confirm the necessary details.

See examples of conceptual layouts for a variety of projects.

Step 3: Site Visits (if necessary)

In most cases, we try to provide a cost estimate prior to visiting your site. However, there are situations that require a site visit in order to determine your needs prior to providing an estimate or proposal.

Step 4: Permitting (if necessary)

Some custom projects may require a permit, depending on the scope of the project and the body of water involved. The Dock Doctors have several years of experience working with many of the State, Town, and Local agencies to obtain these permits for you.

Step 5: Production

Once all the designs and permits are in place, your project will then be placed on our production schedule. Work is performed on a first-come-first-served basis — timeframes will vary, pending workload.

Step 6: Service/Installation

The last step after your project is through production is the actual installation by our service department. This is entirely based on weather conditions, schedule, and time of year that you placed your order.