What About SeaLegs Canopy Anchoring?
Proper Anchoring plays a critical role in the construction of a SeaLegs canopy system. This is due to the fact that the boat weight is not on the SeaLegs canopy system, and without proper anchoring it can be susceptible to strong winds. The corners on the base of a sea leg canopy frame should be reinforced because that is where the stress is. The stronger the corner reinforcement, the better.
Two types of anchoring systems exist for the Lake Area Docks and Lifts SeaLegs Canopy System, one style features galvanized pipes with augers at the four corners of the canopy system, and the other utilizes landscape augers and chain affixed to the SeaLegs canopy frame. Experience has shown that the landscape auger with chains might be the stronger, or preferred method of anchoring your SeaLegs canopy system because the landscape augers can typically be drilled further into the lake bottom, and the chains allow you to spread the augers out and away from the SeaLegs canopy frame structure for additional stability (similar to the anchoring of a large canopy / tent).
What Is The Right SeaLegs Canopy System For My Pontoon, and Lakeshore?
Lake Area Docks & Lifts offers two types of sea leg canopies, a free standing SeaLegs Canopy System, and a dock mounted SeaLegs Canopy System. The dock mounted sea leg canopy might be considered the best option because the uprights of the canopy frame are attached directly to a dock system. However, a dock mounted SeaLegs Canopy System requires a strong dock, and a slip for the canopy to be mounted on. If you don’t currently have a dock system configured in a slip with a dock along both sides and the front of the pontoon, the dock mount SeaLegs Canopy will not work at your location. A dock mounted SeaLegs Canopy system can be considered stronger than a free-standing SeaLegs Canopy because the dock system itself provides additional structure and weight for the canopy system which creates a stronger base. In addition, the dock mount SeaLegs Canopy system does not require a frame at its base because the uprights are attached to the dock frame. This provides more clearance in shallow water as there is no base to get in the way of the sea legs during operation. In cost they will range from $6000 to $8000. One thing to consider though, if you choose a dock mounted SeaLegs Canopy System is that you may also have to purchase additional dock sections to complete a slip.
A SeaLegs Canopy system will allow you to enjoy your pontoon more, and protect it from sun, wind, rain, and dust without the hassle of snapping a traditional cover on your pontoon at the end of every day on the water. You will truly find yourself using your SeaLegs fitted pontoon much more often when you can simply park it underneath the LA Dock SeaLegs Canopy system. Summer is short, we want to help you make the most of it!
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