From Custom Design to Permitting and Construction…
Top Dog Brings 25+ Years Experience to Every Job.

From commercial marinas and bulkheads to beautiful family-friendly residential docks, or dune walk-overs, Top Dog Marine Construction does it right. With over 25 years of marine design and construction experience, we have the knowledge and expertise to bring your vision into reality.

Top Dog Marine Construction will handle all the details of your project, from custom design, to permitting and construction… on time and within budget. We are fully licensed and insured as required by Florida law for all dock builders.

Docks

Top Dog Marine Construction utilizes top-of-the-line materials in combination with our experienced dock building team to create the dock of your dreams.

Bulkheads

No two bulkhead projects are alike. Our builds are based on your unique conditions. We can evaluate your specific need, and design a durable, long-lasting seawall or bulkhead.

Boathouses

No boathouse is too big or too small for Top Dog! We can build you a custom boathouse to be an extension of your home and increase the value of your waterfront property.

Boat Lifts

Industry-leading boat lifts, designed for years of trouble-free use in Florida's harsh, saltwater environment. If you are considering upgrading your lift, we can help you with that too!

ABOUT

Top Dog Marine Construction is a veteran-owned, local business. We bring more than 25 years of design and build experience to every job.

Jacksonville natives, we are familiar with the waters of Northeast Florida, as well as the communities that surround and reside alongside of them.  As a fully licensed contractor we possess the skills and knowledge necessary to ensure your project is built with precision and proficiency, all while receiving the required permitting and inspection approvals.  We own and operate specialized equipment and carry the proper insurances unique to the marine construction industry. 

FAQs

Frequently asked questions

OUR MISSION

Top Dog Marine is one of the leading marine contractors in North-East Florida. Founded over 25 years ago by Donald Ruesskamp, Top Dog Marine supports a professional construction team serving clients in Jacksonville, Orange Park, Julington Creek and the surrounding areas and counties.

We leverage our skillset and expertise to provide our clients with solutions that are cost-effective and provide long term durability. Our experience has given our company the ability to take on any marine project, regardless of scope or complexity to meet and exceed your expectation.

OUR PROMISE

We will give you the very best in workmanship, construction materials and permit coordination. Top Dog Marine has a proven track record of getting the job done right, on-time, on-budget and with the highest level of quality.

Is my project too small for Top Dog to handle?

Great question! Top Dog will work with most dock, bulkhead, boathouse and boat lift projects, no matter the size. The only limiting factor we sometimes come across with regard to our services is your location in regard to our schedule. With that said, we’re always happy to discuss any/all projects…so give us a call!

I have a dock and I only want to change it a little, do I need a permit?

If you have an existing, legally built dock, a permit could still potentially be required prior to making any change to the size, location, or configuration of the docking structure(s). Changing construction materials, such as replacing wood decking with composite decking or replacing a wood dock with an aluminum dock, does not require additional permits…but it’s still best to check with us first.

Does Top Dog also undertake commercial projects?

Yes, and we have quickly become the go-to source for many area contractors in North-East Florida. Give us a call to find out how we can help on your marine build project: 904-579-2264

How long do marine projects usually take?

This is a difficult question to answer, without knowing more about your project. Essentially, the answer is as custom as your project.  There are however three main factors which affect completion dates:

  • Permitting – As much as we wish we could sign the construction contract ourselves and obtain the necessary permits on our way back to the office…reality doesn’t always match up! Depending on the project…permitting may only be 1 week, or it could be over 1-2 montha. Regardless, Top Dog stay on top of the process each step of the way and make sure that we do all we can to minimize the permit process.

  • Weather – Needless to say, Florida’s unique weather doesn’t always cooperate with projects.  For the safety of our staff, we take inclement weather seriously. We want to finish your project on time, but not at the risk of injury to one of our staff.

  • Crew Availability – We are a relatively small company, and book our projects a ways out. Once your construction permit is issued, we will immediately allocate a crew to your project..and once we get on-site, we don’t leave until your job is complete.

As you can see, there is no solid answer.  For some projects we can have everything wrapped up in less than 2 weeks. For a client whose dock/marine project has unique variances, it may be 8-12 months from contract signing to completion of the project.  When we meet with you, we will be able to provide a bit more specific timeline.

OUR MISSION

Top Dog Marine is one of the leading marine contractors in North-East Florida. Founded over 25 years ago by Donald Ruesskamp, Top Dog Marine supports a professional construction team serving clients in Jacksonville, Orange Park, Julington Creek and the surrounding areas and counties.

We leverage our skillset and expertise to provide our clients with solutions that are cost-effective and provide long term durability. Our experience has given our company the ability to take on any marine project, regardless of scope or complexity to meet and exceed your expectation.

OUR PROMISE

We will give you the very best in workmanship, construction materials and permit coordination. Top Dog Marine has a proven track record of getting the job done right, on-time, on-budget and with the highest level of quality.

FAQs

Frequently asked questions

Is my project too small for Top Dog to handle?

Great question! Top Dog will work with most dock, bulkhead, boathouse and boat lift projects, no matter the size. The only limiting factor we sometimes come across with regard to our services is your location in regard to our schedule. With that said, we’re always happy to discuss any/all projects…so give us a call!

I have a dock and I only want to change it a little, do I need a permit?

If you have an existing, legally built dock, a permit could still potentially be required prior to making any change to the size, location, or configuration of the docking structure(s). Changing construction materials, such as replacing wood decking with composite decking or replacing a wood dock with an aluminum dock, does not require additional permits…but it’s still best to check with us first.

Does Top Dog also undertake commercial projects?

Yes, and we have quickly become the go-to source for many area contractors in North-East Florida. Give us a call to find out how we can help on your marine build project: 904-579-2264

How long do marine projects usually take?

This is a difficult question to answer, without knowing more about your project. Essentially, the answer is as custom as your project.  There are however three main factors which affect completion dates:

  • Permitting – As much as we wish we could sign the construction contract ourselves and obtain the necessary permits on our way back to the office…reality doesn’t always match up! Depending on the project…permitting may only be 1 week, or it could be over 1-2 montha. Regardless, Top Dog stay on top of the process each step of the way and make sure that we do all we can to minimize the permit process.

  • Weather – Needless to say, Florida’s unique weather doesn’t always cooperate with projects.  For the safety of our staff, we take inclement weather seriously. We want to finish your project on time, but not at the risk of injury to one of our staff.

  • Crew Availability – We are a relatively small company, and book our projects a ways out. Once your construction permit is issued, we will immediately allocate a crew to your project..and once we get on-site, we don’t leave until your job is complete.

As you can see, there is no solid answer.  For some projects we can have everything wrapped up in less than 2 weeks. For a client whose dock/marine project has unique variances, it may be 8-12 months from contract signing to completion of the project.  When we meet with you, we will be able to provide a bit more specific timeline.

Reviews

What our clients say about us

We have a 210 foot equestrian bridge in our Bartram Downs Community that was washed out during a storm that left it in a toppled over mess. Top Dog Marine came in and disassembled most of it, drove new pilings and re-erected it. It looks as good now as it did before the storm.
Bartram Downs Homeowners Association
, Google Review
"Top Dog has done a couple of marine-related jobs for me and I would be happy to recommend them. They are definitely one of the best in both service and price that I have had the pleasure of dealing with! Very professional!"
George Dahlquist
, Google Review
"I found myself in need of some major work to be done a dock on a home we just purchased. The owner came out to inspect our dock for what needed to be done. He was on time, knowledgeable and reasonable. I now have full confidence that my dock will last for years!!"
John Butikis
, Google Review
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