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Dock Gangways

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It's All About the Connection

a Wahoo aluminum gangway delivers max strength, utility, & aesthetics

From the dock to the shore and back, boat dock gangways should be functional and reliable, and must fit the overall aesthetic of your dock.

Although we have used a wide variety of dock anchoring methods over the years, most boat docks are anchored using one, or a combination of, the methods described below.

From Dock to Shore and Back Again...

Wahoo boat dock gangways deliver you safe and sound

At Wahoo, we work with three boat dock gangway connection options for the dock side & five dock gangway options for the shore.

The piano hinge is our most common option for connecting a boat dock to a gangway. dock gangway hinge arrangement that interlocks the hinge components. Because of this design, stress is transferred along the entire length of the dock hinges, achieving maximum strength, utility, and aesthetics.







The hinge pin rings of the piano hinge dock gangway connection fit in an extruded rail designed for this purpose, further strengthening the connection.

Additionally, we co-extrude our stainless steel hinge pin with an HDPE sheath to insulate metal-to-metal contact and ensure a noiseless hinge for the life of your dock.











Customization AND Compliance

YOUR gangway YOUR choice YOUR dream dock

Extended Width

Dock Gangways are typically 3′ or 4′ in width. However, 6′ wide gangways offer significantly more room for passage and can even provide room for fishing and other activities. Perhaps more importantly, the additional dock gangway width can be added relatively cheaply. If wider gangways are acceptable to your local regulatory agency, we encourage you to consider an extended width gangway.

Benefits of a Wider Gangway

  1. Increased functionality
  2. Additional room for comfortable passage and activities
  3. Sturdy Construction
  4. Our extended width gangways are built to the identical standards as our narrower gangways in terms of performance, durability, and strength


3 x 3 Structural Tubing

Our dock gangways that use 3″ x 3″ Structural Frame are significantly stronger than our standard Residential gangways. When combined with underbracing, a 3″ x 3″ Structural Framed gangway can create an incredibly strong gangway span and is ideal for commercial operations or applications where small equipment is required to use the gangway.

Cable Stays

Cable Stays provide an added measure of strength to a gangway. This is especially useful when the gangway has the potential to receive extreme horizontal stress. Because of the unparalleled strength of our proprietary piano hinge dock gangway and our extensive gusseting, Cable Stays are not typically necessary on our gangways. However, certain anchoring situations demand that Cable Stays be utilized.

Float Frames

Float Frames for our dock gangways come in a variety of sizes depending on the application: 4′ x 4′, 4′ x 8′ and 8′ x 14′. Float Frames are useful to elevate one end of a gangway or to join two gangways for extended lengths. The 14′ wide float frame provides additional side-to-side stability.

Arched Profile Design

Wahoo Docks is widely recognized for our arched dock gangways. The pre-stressed gangway arch is a solid, attractive design and is our most common profile.

Flat Profile Design

Flat gangways have become more common for Wahoo in recent years. Customers typically choose a gangway profile design based on personal preference. Since our flat gangways are just as strong as our arched gangways, they have definitely increased in popularity.


Underbracing is a method of essentially extending the size of the truss supporting the gangway to provide significantly greater strength to the overall structure. We require an underbrace on all spans greater than 60′, or when specifications call for greater load-bearing capabilities.

No Railing

For shorter spans, 20 feet or less, customers can opt for a gangway without structural rails. Although having more flex than our traditional gangways, the rail-less gangway option is attractive for those concerned with sightlines.

ADA Handrail

ADA Gangway Handrails can be included on any gangway to provide added stability to the gangway while on the span. Our ADA Handrail is a continuous, 1″ diameter aluminum tube extended the length of the gangway, typically attached on the inside of both truss structural rails. The ADA Handrail is welded in our factory for durability and has an extended radius return on each end.

Picket Railing

Picket Railing can be added to our traditional dock gangways to provide added safety and is especially appropriate for protecting small children. Our Picket Railing is a welded system incorporating .875″ pickets into our existing truss structural supports.

Upon request, picket spacing can accommodate specific building code requirements.

Toe Rail

A gangway Toe Rail can be added when there is a danger of wheeled objects slipping off the deck. Our Toe Rail is made of 2″ aluminum flat bar and this rail extends the length of the gangway.

Non-Slip Traction Strips

Non-slip traction strips are typically used on gangways with a steep incline where traction is difficult to attain by decking alone. Gangway non-slip traction slips are made of ribbed aluminum strips that provide a secure purchase for feet as the gangway is traversed. Traction strips typically cover only one side of a gangway so that they need not be used if the gangway becomes more horizontal with higher water levels.

  • Dimensions 1.125″ height x 2″ depth Tubing
  • Unobtrusive Traction strips typically extend from one edge of the gangway to the center, allowing room to walk on the gangway without using them if they’re not necessary.
  • Durable Each strip is made with marine grade aluminum and secured with stainless steel fasteners.

Privacy Gate

Privacy gates help restrict unwanted entry or egress to a dock and are often used to block pets from accessing the gangway. Dock gangway privacy gates are located between a gangway’s handrails and come with stainless steel hinges and latches.

  • Dimensions 3′- 3″ height x 3′ 11″ width on 4′ wide gangways (width and height custom to gangway)
  • Maintenance Free Our gangway gates are constructed with the same marine-grade aluminum as our gangways for maintenance-free longevity
  • Durable The marine grade aluminum framework, with stainless steel hinges and latch, ensures durability

Security Gate

A security gate is similar to a privacy gate but adds significantly more protection.

Whereas a person can relatively easily go around a privacy gate, a dock gangway security gate is intended to fully impede unwanted visitors. Security gates are most commonly located on gangways leading to isulated docks and are typically used to discourage theft.

  • Dimensions 8′ height x 9′ width on 4′ wide gangway (width and height custom to gangway)
  • Maintenance Free Our gangway gates are constructed with the same marine-grade aluminum as our gangways for maintenance-free longevity
  • Secure Our security barrier extends past the gangway at least 2′ on each side
  • Durable The marine grade aluminum framework, with stainless steel hinges and latch, ensures durability

Transition Plate

A transition plate is used to create a smooth transition to a gangway that is not level with the shore on its own, commonly because of rullers on the gangway.

A dock gangway transition plate facilitates roll-on items, such as coolers and wheelchairs, and reduces any potential tripping hazard for pedestrians. Transition plates can have a natural aluminum appearance or be covered with decking to match the dock and/or gangway. The transition plate can be extended to meet ADA Guidelines for maximum slope.

  • Dimensions 4′ width x 12″ or 18″ depth (width is custom to gangway, depth can be custom)
  • Easy Access A transition plate provides comfortable access onto a gangway
  • Durable Our transition plate is made of .25″ aluminum diamond plate and a full length stainless steel piano hinge attachment. This arrangement can support heavy loads and will not structurally deteriorate over time.
  • Slip-Resistant Our transition plate has raised studs for traction. The transition plate can also be covered with decking to enhance its appearance and improve traction.

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