The Wounded Warrior (with no legs) launches kayak with the Kayak Dock launch system. Our Wounded Veteran explains that, "It is an easier and safer way to launch a kayak". Kayak Dock's sequential flexing technology enables launch and docking of kayaks, without the need for expensive marine grade aluminum handrails. Yes, we have the rails if your specifications require them. However, we encourage you to try the Kayak Dock first without the railings (as illustrated by our Wounded Warrior in the video), the railings can be installed later.
Wounded Warrior docks kayak with Kayak Dock docking system. With a couple of power strokes, our Warrior is on the Kayak Dock and ready to exit the Kayak.
The Wounded Warrior Project raises awareness and enlists the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service members. They help severely injured service members with aid and assistance. They provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. Kayak Dock participates in rehabilitation programs with the Kayak Dock launch system. Kayak Dock enables Wounded Warriors to easily board Kayaks, Canoes and sail boats.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Information and Technical Assistance on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):
The American Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that all public playgrounds and beaches be made accessible to over 43 million disabled American citizens. When constructing accessible pathways to docks facilities many factors come into play. ADA require that Gangways made of Marine Grade Aluminum have ADA handrails.
Kayak Dock gangways, ramps and optional handrails provide additional stability, security and eliminates the fear of falling. You can utilize local marine contractors to make wooden gangways (too heavy and not recommended) or order "Turn-Key" aluminum systems from Kayak Dock.
Optional handrails and rollers are available for Kayak launching and docking assistance. Most Kayak Dock customers discover that this expensive option is not needed after trying the system as originally designed. Please watch our Wounded Warrior videos before you write Aluminum Handrails in your specifications.
Optional hand rail system
Kayak Dock manufacturers transfer benches and accessible transfer systems for Kayaks and Canoes to provide individuals with disabilities universal accessibility that exceeds the requirements of the ADA. These Kayak Dock transfer Benches can be built with in a variety of heights for varying wheelchair sizes and Transfer Slide Boards can be made to accommodate differing watercraft heights. The Kayak Dock transfer slide boards can be designed to securely fit on our Kayak Dock railing system that will stabilize the user and provide grab bar transfer assistance for easy slide movement. Kayak users simply slide over and drop down into a kayak or canoe while utilizing handrails to pull off and on. Yes, marine grade aluminum and stainless steel can get pricey, but we make it to last a lifetime.
Is there an alternative ? Yes. Kayak Dock has experimented with a variety of transfer benches and rail systems. We like simple and economical as illustrated on the side. Wheelchair
users can slide into a kayak or canoe utilizing this simple aluminum park bench transfer bench. It is light, economical and removable. If needed Kayak Dock provides stainless steel hardware to bolt the transfer bench to the Kayak Dock launch system. It is bolted over the launch channel and the Kayak sides under the bench. An overhead rail for entry and discharge is also available.
Are transfer benches needed for wheelchair users ? In most cases, no. The Kayak Dock allows the wheelchair user to position next to the Kayak for easy transfer. There are no gaps between the Kayak and wheelchair.
Wheelchair curbs provide safety for wheelchair users. The curbs can be bolted to the existing dock deck or directly to the Kayak Dock. Typically the wheelchair curb is installed near a transfer bench system or the area where transfer from a wheelchair to the canoe, boat or kayak will occur. Kayak Dock Wheelchair Curbs are manufactured with recycled High-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic.
Kayak Dock utilizes lightweight marine grade aluminum and recycled High-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic materials for gangways, railings, wheelchair curbs, decking, modules and ramps. At Kayak Dock we are committed to promoting a greener environment by utilizing recycled HDPE in the manufacturing of our components, and will actively seek out opportunities to safeguard our environment and natural resources.
Kayak Docks Are The Best Solution for ADA Compliance
Launching your kayak has never been so easy. Kayak Dock designed a proprietary bow and stern ballast system for launching Kayaks (buyer beware ... of copy cats). The effortless paddle-on and slide-off TM design provides ease of access to your kayak. Whether your needs are for public access launches or personal use at your residence ... Kayak Dock and Kayak Dock Canoe launch systems will meet your needs.
Kayak Dock modular floating dock systems are constructed of high density polyethylene modules that carry a limited lifetime warranty. They are modular, changeable, expandable and can be configured to match any dock configuration you require. You will soon realize Kayak Dock launch systems are the easiest to use and of the highest quality available worldwide. These systems are designed for special needs clients and comply with ADA guidelines for equal access to water recreation activities. There are many accessories which can be used in conjunction with Kayak Dock accessible kayak launch systems.
These floating kayak docks can either be integrated with an existing traditional dock, or sit as a stand-alone launch. Kayak Dock floating systems are available in many sizes and configurations, and will work in deep water, shallow water, fluctuating water or even no-water conditions. Kayak Dock modular docks are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, and can remain in the water year round since ice has no affect on the dock structure.
ADA Solutions for National Parks, State Parks, Community Associations & Public Recreation Areas
National Parks, State Parks, Community Associations and public recreation facilities have a broad spectrum of floating dock requirements that include:
Park Designers, Commercial Landscapers, Marine Contractors, Administrators and Recreation Managers have different and challenging water sites that they must work with:
Kayak Dock is your floating watercraft management system that will accommodate all these conditions. Have winter ice? No problem. Kayak Docks for parks and recreation are the answer. Changing needs? Kayak Dock modular design and Lifetime Warranty guarantees you have made the smartest marine invest for your Park and Recreation Facility. Call Kayak Dock to solve your docking needs.
PATHWAYS FOR WHEELCHAIR USER KAYAK DOCK ACCESS
Kayak Dock specializes in creating pathways to access Kayak Docks and Canoe launch systems that can be utilized by wheelchair users, in State Parks and public use facilities.
With the arrival of summer weather come outdoor activities such as kayaking, canoeing, boating, jet ski, water sports, dining, and entertainment. With Kayak Dock all these activities are possible for wheelchair users. For wheelchair users to fully enjoy the water and natural environment, accessible paths and walks to docks must be available.
The design of pathways to a Kayak Dock should be appropriate to their specific setting and anticipated use. In many instances, construction of paved, impermeable (not penetrable by water) surfaces is neither appropriate nor practical. In sensitive environmental areas, local regulations often prohibit impervious construction. In recent years, several national studies focused on permeable materials that can be used for accessible paths, because of objections to walks made with masonry, concrete, or asphalt. There are also aesthetic considerations, function, cost, and maintenance issues with some materials. To date a universal product that meets all requirements has not been identified, but our research has generated many ideas that work for our clients ... we like to make it simple. If you are planning to construct accessible paths or walks for wheelchair users, to your dock system ... call us for help. Kayak Dock has a number of products that will make life easier for ADA compliance.
What Engineers want to know about Kayak Dock
KAYAK DOCK utilizes High-density polyethylene (HDPE) a polyethylene thermoplastic for floatation modules, large and small, as well as connecting pins and connecting fasteners. HDPE is known for its large strength-to-density ratio. The density of HDPE can range from 0.93 to 0.97 g/cm3 or 970 kg/m3. Although the density of HDPE is only marginally higher than that of low-density polyethylene, HDPE has little branching, giving it stronger intermolecular forces and tensile strength than LDPE. The difference in strength exceeds the difference in density, giving HDPE a higher specific strength. It is also harder and more opaque and can withstand somewhat higher temperatures (120 °C/ 248 °F for short periods). High-density polyethylene, unlike polypropylene, cannot withstand normally required autoclaving conditions. The lack of branching is ensured by an appropriate choice of catalyst (e.g., Ziegler-Natta catalysts) and reaction conditions.
The physical properties of HDPE can vary depending on the molding process that is used to manufacture a specific sample; to some degree a determining factor are the international standardized testing methods employed to identify these properties for a specific process. For example, in Rotational Molding, to identify the environmental stress crack resistance of a sample the Notched Constant Tensile Load Test (NCTL) is put to use.
The KAYAK DOCK flotation modules are held tougher with patented HDPE fasteners or patented HDPE pins. The KAYAK DOCK HDPE pins are utilized to connect additional systems or lanes together, allowing the KAYAK DOCK to be constructed as wide or as long as needed. Longer and Wider KAYAK DOCKS are required for sailing KAYAKS, catamarans, KAYAKS with amas, and tandem KAYAKS.
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Our module manufacturer's products are protected by one or more of the following:
US Patents #5,529,013, #5,682,833, #5,931,113, #5,947,050,
#6,431,106, #6,526,902, and #6,745,714, and by Canadian
Patent #2174705 and pending US and International Patents.
ADA Kayak Dock with wheelchair user transfer bench, overhead handrails and assist rails. Gangway added at bow for easy access. View at The Villages Okahumpka Park, Wildwood FL
KAYAK DOCK "Paddle-On Slide-off"TM