Highland Lakes

Country Club and Community Association

New Docks at Freeways – Handle all Docks with Care

Continuing the boat dock upgrade program begun in 2013, new docks are scheduled to be installed by EZ Dock Mid-Atlantic at various freeway locations throughout Highland Lakes, and new docks will also be installed for Lakes 1, 3, and 5 during the week of April 18. A new pontoon boat dock will also be placed in service at Comet Row to meet demand.

The smaller freeway docks, and new, unnumbered docks at Comet Row and Beach 4, are all first come/first served. Otherwise, all other docks at Club Park, Comet Row, Eckhart Sailing Center, Beach 3 and Beach 4 are available by assignment only.

These new docks are identical to the polyethylene docks installed in 2013 and 2014 at Club Park, Comet Row, Eckhart Sailing Center, Beach 3 and Beach 4. The docks have an expected life span of 20-30 years. These docks have different performance characteristics and require some education in their use.

These polyethylene docks are different from traditional pressure treated wood and encapsulated foam flotation docks that we formerly used. The docks have no foam or wood, but are instead constructed of UV inhibited polyethylene. Having no foam, the buoyancy of the dock is gained by air sealed internally in the dock chambers. As a result it is essential that these air chambers are kept intact. No holes are to be drilled or any modifications made to your dock space. Should you have special docking requirements please submit these requests in writing to the Boat Dock committee. Please be aware any unauthorized modification will be subject to assessments as indicated in our rules and regulations.

Another difference between these docks and our older docks is that there is no exposed metal used in the entire new dock structure. The docks’ polyethylene construction is made of materials similar to those used in the construction of sailboats, canoes and kayaks. Additionally, there are only rubber/poly connections which join the polyethylene dock sections together forming the dock structure and therefore no protective fenders need be attached to docks in any way.

Acceptable Chains etc for docksYou will find cleats provided at each dock location. These cleats are specially designed with a space between the cleat legs for the use of your security device. You should provide your own method to secure your boat to the dock space. Approved security devices are plastic coated stainless steel cable, galvanized or stainless steel chain and rope or lines. No securing device that causes chafing or causes rust is permitted as this could damage our docks.

Should you have any questions please leave a message for Tom Buchney, Chairman of the Boat Dock committee, at the Club office (973-764-4366) or send an email to hlcc@warwick.net and in the subject line type “Attn. Boat Dock committee”.

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