Choose the Right Number of Docks Steps

View our guide to determine the correct number of ladder steps you should have for your dock. It’s best to know your water depth measurements prior to purchasing.

For Floating Docks

The equation for determining the required number of steps for a floating dock is:

  1. Height Above water  + Your swim depth = A
  2. A / 10" = B  (Note: 10" is the height in inches for each step)
  3. B must be rounded up to determine your recommended number of steps

For Example: If your Dock Height Above Water is 15", add your swim depth 35" = 50". Then take 50" and divide that by our step height of 10" = 4.16. Then we round up to 5, therefore 5 is the recommended number of steps for a floating dock!


For Stationary Docks

The determination for stationary docks (Pole Docks, Pipe Docks, Crib Docks) is by combining your water depth and your docks height above the water surface (known as Free Board; Distance from water surface to top of dock). Take that height and divide by our 12" step height and round up.

Some Examples:

  • 72” above the lake bottom – 6 step
  • 60” above the lake bottom – 5 step
  • 48” above the lake bottom – 4 step
  • 36” above the lake bottom – 3 step

NOTE: If top of dock is high above the water add height above the water + 35” to give you combined measurement

Some Assembly Required. It’s best to know your water depth measurements prior to purchasing. Hardware Not Included. Add $55.00 for Bracket Mounting System for DockinaBox® applications only


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