When management from the Camden County Boathouse at the Cooper River contacted Board Safe, they were looking to accommodate the many rowers and spectators that use their facility throughout the year. They needed to alleviate the bottleneck of traffic between their large, ornate boathouse and the floating docks and water access.
The Boathouse is home to rowing clubs at six area high school, the Rutgers University – Camden Campus Rowing teams as well as three Masters adult rowing clubs. The Cooper Rivers Regatta calendar hosts almost 20 events per year and from March through November. The new gangway needed to be extra wide.
Board Safe specializes in manufacturing aluminum floating docks and aluminum gangways for rowing centers. They sell numerous standard sized docks, piers and gangways, but Board Safe is also known for their innovation on customized projects.
The Camden County Boathouse aluminum gangway is 20 feet wide and 20 feet long. “There are many considerations when constructing a gangway of this size,” says Board Safe President Scott Tihansky. “Not only are there structural considerations for a gangway of that size, but also we need to analyze how the gangway fastens and pivots on the bulkhead and calculate the point load capacities on the floating docks. The performance of the aluminum gangway is measured and studied in combination with other variables too including the weight of the boats, potential foot traffic, the water currents and water fluctuations.”
The aluminum gangway was installed and immediately improved the experience of the rowing facility. Many rowing centers are in need of upgrades and renovations and should consider replacing their gangways with much wider aluminum gangways.
To learn more about Board Safe’s aluminum floating docks, piers, gangways and other specialty projects for rowing centers, they can be reached at 610-899-0286 or visit http://boardsafedocks.com/.