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An Innovative Tool for Boat Ramp Construction

An Innovative Tool for Boat Ramp Construction

An Innovative Tool for Boat Ramp Construction

Summertime is here again- time for sun, fun, and getting out on the water. People are busy preparing their boats and making plans. That means it’s also time for boat ramp construction and repair. Consider upping your game with an innovative tool for dewatering your boat ramp worksites: the inflatable bladder dam.

Boat Ramp Construction: Best Method

The best method for constructing the underwater portion of a boat ramp is to cofferdam the area, pump the water out of the site, and then pour and dry the ramp in place. This method gives you the best quality control and overall final result. However, if you’re using a traditional cofferdam, you need to pump the water out into a retention pool and then pump it back into place once the cement has dried. This takes additional time and resources.

The Inflatable Bladder Dam Advantage

Instead of using a traditional cofferdam, consider an inflatable bladder dam like the Aqua-Barrier® from Hydrological Solutions. The bladder dam can be placed in the water, then filled with the water you want to displace forming a wall and keeping your work area dry. Once the ramp is poured and dried, the water is drained back into the ramp area and the bladder dam removed. This eliminates the need for a holding tank, saving you time and money. The Aqua-Barrier® bladder dam is reusable and easy to install. This innovative solution is ideal for boat ramp construction and repair.

Ramp Up Your Boat Ramp Projects

Whether ramp repairs or new construction, an inflatable bladder dam like the Aqua-Barrier® is the ideal dewatering solution for boat ramp projects. It will save you time and money, simplifying the process and giving you an edge on your competition. Consider using the Aqua-Barrier® bladder dam for your boat ramp construction projects this summer. For more information on the Aqua-Barrier® bladder dam and other dewatering solutions, Contact Us.

Dewatering Your Worksite for Boat Ramp Construction & Repair

boat ramp constructionWant an edge on your competition when bidding on boat ramp construction projects? Boat ramps are best constructed on-site. However, the difficulty of working in the water makes dewatering the ramp area necessary for best results. Choosing the best dewatering method will shorten your construction time and may make the difference in winning more bids.

Traditional Options for Dewatering Your Worksite


Many rush to sandbags anytime water is a challenge to a construction project. This solution can work, but it also comes with some specific challenges that can mean more time and money. The bags will have to either be filled up with sand onsite or transported prefilled to the site. You will also have to manually place the bags in place. After all of that work, you will also still have the risk of water escaping through cracks.

Traditional Cofferdams

A traditional cofferdam will require the use of a retention pool to hold the displaced water until the project is complete. You will need time to set up the cofferdam. You will need additional time to create a space for the retention pool and to drain the water. It will require more money for tools and supplies as well.

The best way to construct the underwater section of a ramp is to cofferdam the ramp area, pump out the water, place (pour) and finish the ramp in the dray (cast-in-place.) This method provides the best horizontal and vertical control of the slab. (VA Game and Inland Fisheries)

Water-filled Cofferdam: The Smarter Option

The Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam is a water-filled solution that improves on traditional methods in several ways. This inflatable dam for boat ramp construction brings savings in both time and money. Consider the following:

Sophisticated Internal Baffle System

Our patented internal baffle system locks into place when the barrier is exposed to uneven water pressure. This allows the Aqua-Barrier® to be used in various ways to help prevent invasive waters from entering sensitive areas.

Quick and Easy to Install

This solution goes up quickly because the water does all the work. The very water you need to control is used to fill the cofferdam. This eliminates the need to transport fill material and reduces the time and effort needed to drain the water.

Forms Airtight Seal

Gone is the risk of water escaping through the cracks. An airtight seal is formed as the water fills the cofferdam, ensuring no water will get into the site during construction.

Molds to Physical Environment

Large boulders and uneven waterbeds will cause no delays in installation as the water forms to the environment without resistance.

Environmentally Friendly

Aqua-Barriers® are reusable and leave no environmental impact. This reduces product waste and saves money as they need not be replaced often.

 Aqua-Barrier is Your Competitive Edge for Boat Ramp Construction & Repair

Simplify the dewatering process for your boat ramp construction projects with Aqua-Barrier®, a safe and cost-effective way to install a boat ramp. Why not enjoy savings in time and money and a boost to your competitive edge? Contact Us for more information on how a water filled cofferdam can help speed up your boat ramp construction or repair projects.