Dock Design & Installation

Dock Builder Blueprint: Design & Installation

Our many years of dock builder experience can help you take advantage of what your waterfront has to offer and maximize the efficient dock use. Tell us exactly what you are planning to use the dock for, what kind of boats will be docked, and if you are planning to use the dock for fishing, sunbathing or diving into the water to swim. We will then walk you through the process and help you find the dock that is best suited for you!

With any dock system designed by Regatta Dock you are assured of the quality and time that is put into each dock construction. Every bolt is fit to match perfectly and each section is lined up for perfection. Our team of installers are qualified in both installing and removing docks.

Our docks are constructed for strength and stability from the start. With Regatta as your dock builders, your dock will last longer, look better, and keep you enjoying your waterfront activities. From in-house design to final inspection, our docks stand up to the test of weather and time.

Our Design Process


Tell us about your waterfront: How deep is your water, how does your shoreline look, and is there currently any existing structure in place?


Based on your description, our professional dock builders recommend the right product and provide you with a custom quote and dock drawings.



We adjust the quote based on your feedback until we get a final approval.


After receiving the payment, we ship the dock directly to your location.


Our modular docks are easy to assemble and many customers choose to do the install themselves; however, we do offer optional initial installation!


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As New England’s largest supplier of docks, we proudly showcase products from seven top-tier brands, all chosen for their exceptional quality, modularity, customization, and functionality. Once we understand your vision and requirements, our expertise and innovative approach guide us in crafting a dock system that goes far beyond your baseline needs. Below is a glimpse of the seven dock systems we use as dock builders and the specific values each embodies.


Connect-A-Dock is your versatile solution for a vast array of waterfront applications. Designed to be environmentally friendly, these docks are constructed from rotationally molded polyethylene, providing reliable durability for over 20 years. They’re also 100% maintenance-free: a dock builder’s dream. The modular system paves the way for easy installation, with configurations limited only by your imagination.

Versatility • Durability • Environmental Consideration

EZ Dock

Regatta Dock Systems proudly stands as Connecticut’s top provider of the EZ Dock system. Patented attachment “bones” hold each section firmly, even against rough conditions. Whether you’re aiming for a residential look, a commercial setup, or something tailored for parks, EZ Dock offers an unparalleled blend of stability and versatility. They also offer a range of specialized docking solutions like PWC ports, kayak dry docks, and boat lifts.

Adaptability • Stability • Versatility

FWM Aluminum Docks

Experience the sleek allure and strength of FWM Aluminum Docks. As dock builder’s with an emphasis on modularity, we use FWM because their designs present a fusion of form and function. Whether it’s the convenience of the fixed aluminum docks, the adaptability of floating ones for deeper waters, or the rolling aluminum docks perfect for the seasonal needs of colder regions such as Connecticut, FWM meets varied needs.

Convenience • Functionality • Durability

Harbor Hoist

Since 1964, Harbor Hoist, under the renowned HydroHoist® brand, has been pioneering the market with unmatched boat, watercraft, and dock protection solutions. Their revolutionary products, including the award-winning HydroPort Extreme, attest to their dedication to excellence and innovative engineering.

Innovation • Protection • Excellence

Hewitt Docks

For over four decades, Hewitt Docks has been synonymous with reliability. Boat, watercraft owners, and dock builders around the world and Connecticut trust the unmatched safety, longevity, and design of Hewitt boat lifts, docks, and pontoon legs. Craftsmanship and design intricacies make Hewitt’s offerings stand out, ensuring they remain industry benchmarks.

Reliability • Safety • Craftsmanship

Shore Side Docks

A fusion of stability, longevity, and affordability makes Shore Side Docks a compelling choice. Beyond the functionality, they understand the joy of spending time on your dock. Their range includes floating docks, wheel-in and out options, lift-up designs, and more… Each dock is designed to evolve with your needs. Both to the keen eye of a seasoned dock builder and the casual glance of the average observer, Shore Side Docks stands out for its distinct aesthetic appeal.

Adaptability • Enduring Value • Joyful Experience

Wave Armor

Wave Armor docks prioritize modularity and integrated design. They offer the flexibility to adapt to any layout configuration you desire. But it’s not just about the docks; the brand extends its design ethos to a range of accessories, ensuring a seamless look and feel to the entire docking system. Your docker builder might choose Wave Armor as a versatile solution for projects that need to meet a variety of needs.

Modularity • Seamless Integration • Flexibility


Why do I need a professional dock builder in Connecticut?

In areas like Hartford and Bridgeport, with their rich waterfront history and evolving requirements, it can be essential to employ a professional dock builder. They bring expertise in design and knowledge of local conditions, ensuring your dock is both functional and durable, aligning with Connecticut’s unique maritime heritage.

How do I choose the right design for my dock?

The design of your dock depends on various factors: your waterfront’s characteristics, the intended use of the dock, and personal preferences. A seasoned dock builder will also consider aspects like water depth, tide fluctuations, and shoreline structure to recommend the best design.

What materials are best suited for Connecticut's weather conditions?

Connecticut experiences diverse weather conditions. For areas exposed to harsher marine conditions, like Bridgeport, corrosion-resistant materials such as aluminum or galvanized steel might be ideal. For calmer waters like those in Hartford, wooden docks can also be a great choice. A sound dock builder will always work with you to pick materials that will withstand local conditions.

How long does the dock installation process take?

The installation duration varies based on the dock’s size, design complexity, and specific site challenges. Typically, a straightforward modular dock system might take a few days, while expansive designs could span several weeks. Your dock builder will provide a timeline after assessing your requirements and site conditions. If you choose a dock system that prioritizes convenience of setup, you may be able to set up a smaller dock within a day.

Can I customize my dock to serve multiple purposes like fishing, sunbathing, and boating?

Absolutely! Modern docks are designed for versatility. Share your requirements with your dock builder, and they’ll ensure the design encompasses spaces optimized for various activities, from fishing spots to sun decks.

How do the docks in Hartford differ from those in Bridgeport due to their geographical locations?

Hartford, being on the Connecticut River, has docks designed for riverine conditions. In contrast, Bridgeport, being coastal, requires docks that can handle tidal fluctuations and saltwater conditions. The design, materials, and anchoring systems might vary based on these geographical differences.

Are there specific regulations and permits required for dock installation in Connecticut?

Yes, Connecticut has specific regulations concerning dock installations, and prominent areas like Hartford and Bridgeport are subject to region specific regulations. These might relate to environmental conservation, navigation, and safety. Always consult with your dock builder, who will be aware of the local regulations and assist in obtaining any necessary permits.

How do I ensure my dock remains environmentally friendly?

Professional dock builders in Connecticut can help you prioritize eco-friendly practices. Opt for materials that don’t leach chemicals, ensure minimal disruption to aquatic life during installation, and choose designs that allow light penetration to not disrupt underwater ecosystems.

How frequently should I schedule maintenance checks for my dock?

Regular maintenance ensures your dock’s longevity. It’s recommended to have a basic check annually, especially before the peak usage season. For docks in areas with high traffic or exposure to harsh elements, like those in Bridgeport, more frequent checks might be necessary. The design and materials used in your dock will also play a role in how often maintenance will be needed.

Can I upgrade or expand my existing dock?

Certainly! Modular dock systems offer flexibility for upgrades or expansions. If you foresee changes in your usage or want to add new features, discuss it with your dock builder. They’ll guide you on how to seamlessly integrate new sections or functionalities.

What safety features should I consider while designing my dock?

Safety is paramount. Consider adding slip-resistant surfaces, handrails, adequate lighting, and ladders. If your dock is in a busy area, especially in hubs like Hartford or Bridgeport, ensure clear demarcations for boat docking zones to avoid collisions.

How does the dock design cater to different watercraft types?

From kayaks to yachts, docks can be customized for various watercraft types. Share details about your watercraft with your dock builder. They’ll consider factors like the watercraft’s size, weight, and docking requirements to customize the design.

What is the lifespan of a typical dock built in Connecticut?

A well-designed and regularly maintained dock should last several decades. Material choice, design, quality of installation, and local conditions play roles in determining lifespan. For instance, a robustly built dock in the relatively sheltered waters of Hartford may last longer than one exposed to the open conditions in Bridgeport.

How do I choose between a fixed and floating dock?

Your choice depends on the water’s depth, fluctuation levels, and personal preference. Floating docks are versatile and adapt to water level changes, ideal for fluctuating water bodies. Fixed docks are stable and work best in waters with minimal level variations. Your dock builder will provide insights based on your waterfront’s characteristics.

Are there modern technological features I can integrate into my dock design?

Yes! Modern docks can incorporate features like solar lighting, automated boat lifts, and even smart security systems. Discuss your technological requirements with your dock builder to integrate them seamlessly into your design.

How does the dock design process cater to commercial requirements?

Commercial docks, especially in bustling areas like Bridgeport, require added functionalities like heavy load support, multiple docking points, and enhanced safety features. Dock builders are experienced in designing docks for commercial applications and will make sure all specific requirements are met.

Can I have a seasonal dock that I remove during off-seasons?

Absolutely. There are dock designs specifically meant for seasonal use. These are easily installable and removable. Such docks are especially popular in areas that experience freezing conditions or where waterfront activities are seasonal.

How do I decide on the dock's size?

The size depends on your waterfront’s size, the number of watercraft you have, and the activities you envision. While it’s tempting to have a large dock, consider the maintenance and environmental impact. A dock builder will assess your waterfront and recommend an optimal size.

How does the dock installation process impact the surrounding environment?

Professional dock builders in Connecticut use best practices to minimize environmental disruption. This includes avoiding spillage of materials, ensuring minimal disruption to aquatic life, and using eco-friendly materials.

Why is modularity emphasized in modern dock design?

Modularity offers flexibility. As your requirements change over time, modular docks can be easily reconfigured, expanded, or even downscaled. This feature is especially handy if you foresee evolving needs or wish to move your dock to different waterfront locations.