Recently our crew began a two-year project of rebuilding all 125 slips using Pearson Fiberglass Composite Pilings. Mark Gelders, the marina’s manager, explains why Pearson Pilings were chosen. “In these waters wood pilings will last only about three years because of the worms. We figured that with Pearson Pilings, we could do it once and be done with it. In the long run, they’re less expensive than wood.”New composite slips at Anglers Avenue Marina in Ft Lauderdale, FL

Gelders also points out that because Pearson Pilings are stronger than wood they can better support the new Hurricane Boat Lifts he is installing. “We did our homework and found that the lateral strength of a Pearson Piling is about five times that of a wood piling. This means we can use 10” Pearson Pilings instead of 12” wood pilings.” The marina is installing both 16,000 lb. and 27,000 lb. lifts which allow boats to be backed into the slip against the dock or wall for security reasons.

For this project replacing the old, rotten wood pilings was rightfully considered “maintenance” by the EPA and consequently fewer permits were required. By doing the work one dock at a time with the marina’s own staff, the entire project is also proving to be cost effective. “Another advantage to using Pearson Pilings is that they’re lighter than wood, so my crew has an easier job driving them.”

The complete project profile is available here.

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