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Cost to Build a Pier on Ambergris Caye?

Posted By: Heidi A

Cost to Build a Pier on Ambergris Caye? - 05/09/15 11:35 AM

Can anyone give me some idea how much it costs to build a pier on Ambergris Caye? I know there are many variables, but need some idea of how much a well-built pier, with boat dock and lift, water entry at the end, might cost? Trying to put together a construction budget estimate, and it's the only construction item I've not been able to find addressed on the web. Who is willing to build a pier In Ambergris Caye? Thank you.
Posted By: Nobody You Know

Re: Cost to Build a Pier on Ambergris Caye? - 05/10/15 01:29 PM

Depending on where it is you will find it very difficult to get a permit...
Posted By: B4B

Re: Cost to Build a Pier on Ambergris Caye? - 05/10/15 01:52 PM

Heidi,
I understand that the approximate cost to build a pier is $1000US per foot....most are in the 200-300 foot range depending on the area where you are building.

I think Alfaro Construction builds piers if you want to give them a call to confirm the cost.

Good luck!
Posted By: Diane Campbell

Re: Cost to Build a Pier on Ambergris Caye? - 05/10/15 04:16 PM

Originally Posted by B4B
Heidi,
I understand that the approximate cost to build a pier is $1000US per foot....most are in the 200-300 foot range depending on the area where you are building.

I think Alfaro Construction builds piers if you want to give them a call to confirm the cost.

Good luck!



Too many zeros ..... One hundred, not one thousand dollars a linear foot.
Graniels builds them, also Burlioz Gurero.
Posted By: Maya House

Re: Cost to Build a Pier on Ambergris Caye? - 05/10/15 06:17 PM

I believe Norman Eiley builds them as well. (Or at least he has in the past.)
Posted By: PDS

Re: Cost to Build a Pier on Ambergris Caye? - 05/10/15 06:45 PM

Graniels made my and happy with it.
Cost... Depends what kind of bolts, how many miles away, the wide, how long is the step down, the tip of pier, etc...
PM me to connect Graniels
Posted By: Edwardo

Re: Cost to Build a Pier on Ambergris Caye? - 05/10/15 11:17 PM

Graniels or maybe try Lloyd Budden I hear he also builds them.Graniels did my workfor me .
Posted By: Nick Barton

Re: Cost to Build a Pier on Ambergris Caye? - 05/11/15 12:31 AM

You mention a lift and by that I assume you mean a boat lift. If so I recall about 4 years ago a lift itself cost about US$6,000 plus getting it shipped here and then installed.
Posted By: Nobody You Know

Re: Cost to Build a Pier on Ambergris Caye? - 05/12/15 02:14 PM

I'll second the Alfaro recommendation. Great people to work with and exceptional work(On time and on budget)...
Posted By: Heidi A

Re: Cost to Build a Pier on Ambergris Caye? - 05/12/15 10:27 PM

Thank you folks so much for the information and referrals. It's been extremely helpful. Thank you.
Posted By: TravelinMan1

Re: Cost to Build a Pier on Ambergris Caye? - 05/13/15 12:32 AM

I think the cost is closer to $200 USD per foot of 8 foot wide dock using treated pine decking and PVC posts with a palapa and electricity and water and of course using SS hardware. The lift you can purchase through Captain Sharks. Nobody builds more docks on Ambergris Caye that Armando Graniel.

You can always find someone to do the work for less but there is a cost to that.

Not all docks are created equal so make sure you get everything you need
Posted By: Loansum-Al K

Re: Cost to Build a Pier on Ambergris Caye? - 05/13/15 02:28 AM

Originally Posted by TravelinMan1
Not all docks are created equal so make sure you get everything you need

So true, but it only takes one good storm to severely damage even the best of them.
Posted By: Diane Campbell

Re: Cost to Build a Pier on Ambergris Caye? - 05/13/15 12:42 PM

Personally, I can't see investing in a "pride of ownership" pier. They are all public and very temporary.
You can dock a boat and swim from a simple pier as easily as from a fancy one.

If money is burning a hole in your pocket, please consider relief projects for earthquake victims, SAGA, Red Cross.

Posted By: Heidi A

Re: Cost to Build a Pier on Ambergris Caye? - 05/13/15 03:03 PM

Geeez folks...who has "money burning a hole in their pocket"? All I want is a modest dock to moor a modest boat for snorkeling and diving. Thought a lift if affordable, might reduce my maintenance costs on the boat and motor and increase their longevity.
Posted By: elbert

Re: Cost to Build a Pier on Ambergris Caye? - 05/13/15 07:18 PM

Over the last couple of decades I've built, bought, sold and am building another now on the island. I've watched them rot and seen them blown away but still want to own my pier and not pay rent to dock my boat or have someone impose silly rules on me about how I should manage my affairs.
PVC post and stainless nail are very sensible, but $200.USD a foot can't be a realistic meter of cost because the length or the pier determines how much a foot. Imagine buying a 10 foot dock for 2,000. dollars :-) but a 100 foot dock for $20,000.USD is a good guess for a quality dock. however if your property is in front of a lot of shallow water you may find yourself needing a 200 foot dock to reach water deep enough to float your boat. That 200 dollars per foot figure should then decrease.
Posted By: Decompression

Re: Cost to Build a Pier on Ambergris Caye? - 05/13/15 07:34 PM

Originally Posted by elbert
Over the last couple of decades I've built, bought, sold and am building another now on the island. I've watched them rot and seen them blown away but still want to own my pier and not pay rent to dock my boat or have someone impose silly rules on me about how I should manage my affairs.
PVC post and stainless nail are very sensible, but $200.USD a foot can't be a realistic meter of cost because the length or the pier determines how much a foot. Imagine buying a 10 foot dock for 2,000. dollars :-) but a 100 foot dock for $20,000.USD is a good guess for a quality dock. however if your property is in front of a lot of shallow water you may find yourself needing a 200 foot dock to reach water deep enough to float your boat. That 200 dollars per foot figure should then decrease.


May I also suggest a dock that is constructed in a matter where it can be partially disassembled before hurricanes for tropical storms. I've actually noticed quite a few docks north that were constructed where removing every other deck board was almost impossible. No bueno.

DC
Posted By: elbert

Re: Cost to Build a Pier on Ambergris Caye? - 05/13/15 08:06 PM

Good suggestion, the waves in a storm come for below the dock pushing upward and removing the deck partially sometimes saves the dock in a very bad storm. I used lag bolts on a lot of the boards so they could be taken off with a ratchet However I never have done it. The storm warning time seems too short for me and that amount of detailed preparation, some folks do find the time and it is a good idea.
By the bye, everyone seems to be endorsing dock builders, so my recommendation is Mike Coleman.
He has an office on front street across from Belize bank.
Posted By: SimonB

Re: Cost to Build a Pier on Ambergris Caye? - 05/14/15 12:08 AM

The lag bolts are a good idea. We have a long pry bar and pull out every third board but that's a lot of nails to pull, replace and stick into every part of your body that they can find. I might just switch up to lag bolts on some boards and then use a heavy drill with a socket drive on it to get them out quickly.
Posted By: SFJeff

Re: Cost to Build a Pier on Ambergris Caye? - 05/14/15 12:45 AM

Someone needs to start say a "GoFundMe" page, to buy the island of Caye Caulker a Makita router or such... to use on the edges of their dock decking before they put it down. What's with the wide spacing/hard edges on so many of the dock over there??? Good grief.
Posted By: Shyboy

Re: Cost to Build a Pier on Ambergris Caye? - 05/14/15 01:51 AM

Just a comment from a disinterested " hands on" type forum reader. The suggestions of Stainless Steel Lag Bolts AND a corded or cordless drill motor( with socket) to remove every 2nd or 3rd plank is great.
Posted By: Bear

Re: Cost to Build a Pier on Ambergris Caye? - 05/14/15 01:23 PM

Heidi,

Perhaps the most accurate means of estimating cost in your area is to get in touch with the people suggested, Mssrs Eiley, Alfaro, Graniel, Gurero y Coleman (big thumbs up for Mike) and have them quote you a per foot price based on location. Many of the suggestions have raised valid points, distance from town, depth of water, etc. If you go with PVC/ReBar/Grout pilings be sure to specify pvc caps and any electrical you might want for lighting. You will be required to put a light at the end of your dock for navigational safety. Stainless bolts nuts and other structural hardware is a necessity not a luxury if you want any degree of longevity.
Posted By: Heidi A

Re: Cost to Build a Pier on Ambergris Caye? - 05/16/15 02:02 PM

Thank you to everyone for the very helpful information!
Posted By: RobertJ

Re: Cost to Build a Pier on Ambergris Caye? - 05/16/15 04:53 PM

Heidi, at what point did you start thinking that building something that has to stand up to the issues that a dock has to would be cheap?

Welcome to the Real World. (You might want another Mojito)
Posted By: Heidi A

Re: Cost to Build a Pier on Ambergris Caye? - 05/20/15 12:10 PM

Never, never indicated I thought it would be "cheap". I indicated I had no idea what a dock cost, or the considerations that went into determining the cost, and asked for help. Many people forwarded very helpful, useful information i.e. cost per foot, cost of their dock, building material considerations, permit law information. They also recommended builders to contact. So,it has been a very helpful blog for us. Thank you for your comment.
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