If you’ve ever taken your boat down to the local launching area for a fun filled day on the lake or ocean, you know the feeling of being met with a lackluster boat ramp that looks as though it may fail at any minute. Unless you’re launching from a marina or well-kept docking area, there’s a good chance that the free boat ramp that allows public access is little more than a dirt path leading into the water.
Over time, it’s boat ramps like these that will actually cost municipalities or land owners money, rather than provide a source of savings by not building an appropriate boat ramp. Boats can become stuck in eroded patches of the ramp, cars and trucks may find themselves sliding into the water or worse yet, the entire ramp may become compromised while in use, leading to injury and property damage on a widespread level. Needless to say, the result of an unkempt boat ramp isn’t good in any situation.
But building an acceptable, stable boat ramp isn’t something that requires a million dollar investment or a lengthy proposal for the local municipality to preside over—it can quickly be solved in a succinct and sustainable way with cable concrete erosion control products.
Cable concrete erosion control products act as a natural barrier to the heavy erosion that these well-used areas face year in and year out, and they provide solid ground for both the environment and boaters to get their footing on. With cable concrete erosion control products in place, you can look forward to a higher level of safety, a mitigated impact of erosion and a substantially lower overall cost of boat ramp maintenance now and in the future.
The multifaceted benefit of a concrete matted boat ramp
Being in the position to lay and utilize cable concrete erosion control products on a boat ramp presents a myriad of features that make themselves immediately apparent, including:
- The protection of the earth below the cable concrete mats, which ensures that constant use and natural erosion don’t increase the slope and depth of the ramp itself over time.
- Solid footing and a strong foundation that prevents slipping of people and automobiles while the boat is being launched.
- Increased traction that prevents costly dragging or shifting of earth when a boat is being led on to dry land.
- Protection against sinking or pooling soil that can greatly reduce the integrity of the ramp and surrounding land masses, eventually leading to collapse of the boat ramp.
With this bevy of benefits also comes the mitigated consequences that may follow an unprotected boat ramp, including injury and loss or damage of property.
Erosion control for optimal boat ramps
When you weigh the pros and cons of an unprotected boat ramp versus one that’s optimized with cable concrete erosion control products it becomes a no contest question of safety, security and longevity that weighs in favor of cable concrete. Rather than let a boat ramp deteriorate and leave its users in a position to compromise their own safety while using it, municipalities and private ramp owners might take a lesson in proactive maintenance by pursuing an erosion control solution.