Stone Revetment Reconstruction, Stair Access & Beach Nourishment

LOCATION: Osterville COMPLETION DATE: April 2024 PROJECT DESCRIPTION: This project was a complete rebuild of an existing stone revetment of a private residence. The failing stone revetment was disassembled and reconstructed with 185 feet of 500-1000 pound stones. The whole beach area was fortified with large quantity of beach nourishment to fill in between the …

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Fixed Pier with Boat Lift, Floating Dock & Gangway

LOCATION: Wareham COMPLETION: March 2024 PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Beginning construction of this project in the winter months ensured it was ready for use during the boating season. This stunning project required the creative use of the existing jetty, or groin.  A boardwalk with rope rail detail was designed over the rocks leading out to a fixed …

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Waterfront Boardwalk Upgrade

The crew recently replaced an existing boardwalk with a waterfront entrance leading into Hyannis Harbor. By first removing the pre-existing boardwalk, the crews constructed a 200-foot boardwalk, made of pressure treated lumber, as well as IPE decking.

Osterville Dredging Project

LOCATION: Osterville COMPLETITION DATE: SEPTEMBER 2023 PROJECT DESCRIPTION: This maintenance dredging project’s main focus was to complete a full functioning boat-slip area for this privately owned waterfront home. This was done by casting material on shore with a crane and then spread on the property owner’s beach for re-nourishment.

East Falmouth Pier & Floating Dock

This particular project was challenging for our maintenance crew as the homeowner’s property had limited access to the water. This gave our crew the opportunity to utilize a variety of marine equipment to deliver the new finalized floating docks. A built-in IPE bench, an aluminum flip-up ladder, a kayak rack, four-inch galvanized pipes (used to anchor the floats), and IPE decking were used to complete this new pier and floating dock.

Osterville Stone Revetment & Groin Repairs

This project was a total beachfront restoration for a private club in Osterville that consisted of repairs to the existing stone revetment, groin repairs, beach nourishment, and a new access ramp. Large sections of the stone revetment were completely disassembled and reconstructed with suitable sized stone. Six existing stone groins were completely disassembled and reconstructed. The whole beach area was fortified with a large quantity of beach nourishment to fill between each stone groin and in front of the stone revetment. Lastly, a new timber access ramp was constructed to access the beach with heavy equipment for future maintenance. 

Residential Pier Before & After

Our maintenance crew transformed this outdated pier in Dennis Grand Cove. The project consisted of new pressure treated decking, handrail, safety rail, and access stairs. The crew reconstructed the gate at the starting point of the pier, which gave it a completed look.”

Dennis – Embankment Stair Project

LOCATION: Dennis COMPLETION DATE: August 2023 PROJECT DESCRIPTION: This project was quite a challenge. The crew found themselves battling twists and turns down a steep embankment. They removed brush, set the posts and stringers, assembled treads, and installed IPE decking and handrails to create this exquisite project. The homeowner requested direct access to the waterfront, …

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Dredging & Dock Completion

To complete this project, it required dredging to create depth for the floating dock. This was done with a piece of small-scale equipment, which gave our crews the ability to work in a shallow environment. This process included the dredge material to be loaded into one-yard bags and offloaded by Allen Harbor Marine’s forklift, and then loaded into a dump truck. The dock was built with IPE decking. The homeowner chose to apply a clear stain to bring out the beauty of the wood and it looks amazing.

Osterville – Pier Replacement

Our construction crews completed this job by removing the homeowner’s old pier, and replaced it with a brand-new pier, as well a large floating dock. This new pier and floating dock were constructed with IPE decking, which will give the homeowner a heavy duty and long-lasting deck surface. This dock is unique in that it can accommodate multiple large boats with plenty of draft and berthing space.

West Dennis – Roadside Bulkhead

This roadside property was improved by inserting a new vinyl sheet bulkhead and greenheart pilings for protection against erosion. This gives the owner additional land and the potential to install a permanent dock and a stabilized bank for dredging in the future.

Neighboring Properties – Pier & Bulkhead Replacements

Our construction crews transformed two neighboring properties by constructing a new pier and bulkhead. We removed the previous structures at both locations and installed vinyl sheeting, Azek decking, as well as pressure treated lumber as the main components to complete this major improvement of their waterfront. Both the finalized pier and bulkhead will withstand the elements for years to come.

Indian Trail Bulkhead Replacement

Our construction crews completed this Indian Point bulkhead replacement of an existing timber bulkhead with a new flat panel vinyl bulkhead. All work was completed with access from the upland of the owner’s property and created additional permanent access for future beach nourishment and maintenance projects.

Osterville Pier -IPE Hardwood

These photos represent the construction and completion of a high end pier project where our construction crew built the main pier, added a new two-piece floating dock and decked the entire project with IPE hardwood decking and handrail cap. This project was unique due to the fact that it required a gentle slope in the main run to accommodate the change in elevation instead of stairs.

Helical Pile Foundation

Beacon Marine was contracted to install a helical pile foundation for a brand-new home. This site had a high-water table, and flood plain elevation. Helical piles are a great solution for working in these environments. Fun fact, some of these piers were installed to a 50′ embedment!

Pier Rebuild Progress & Completion

Beacon Marine was hired to construct a new pier for this homeowner in Osterville. The crew started with the removal of the homeowner’s old pier and completed the new pier with IPE, thru-flow decking, a handrail and float, as well as a kayak rack. This pier gives the property owner immediate access to the water, which provides a long-term maintenance free and quality finish on this pier for the duration of its lifespan.

Pine Island – Bridge Reconstruction

This project consists of a completed residential bridge reconstruction project leading to a private Cape Cod Island with two homes on it. Our construction crews disconnected all utilities out to the island that ran in the existing bridge, removed the old failing bridge and its abutments at either side of the road, built two new abutments on either side and added a new higher capacity and higher elevation bridge. The bridge now has a known capacity rating and is elevated out of the storm tide range making it safer for the homes on the island.

Pier Rebuild – Popponesset Island

Our construction crews completed a new pier on Popponesset Island. The crew started with the removal of the homeowner’s old pier and completed the new pier with pressure treated lumber. This pier gives the property owner deep water access and is in an ideal location, protected by the spit from Nantucket Sound.

Chatham Yacht Basin – Marina Bulkhead

Beacon Marine Construction was hired to construct a new bulkhead at the Chatham Yacht Basin. This work was performed by leaving the existing bulkhead in place and constructing a new vinyl bulkhead in front of the failing timber bulkhead. This was done without disturbance to the marina facilities, and all work was completed with equipment staged in the upland.

Major Pier Upgrade – Bass River

This outdated pier located on Bass River had a total rebuild from start to finish. Our construction crews upgraded the pier with IPE hardwood decking. This material will provide a long-term maintenance free and quality finish on this pier for the duration of its lifespan. The pier was reconstructed with additional features including larger floats, handrails, and a bench / storage locker.

Waterfront Restoration Project – Crosby Yacht Yard

Beacon Marine Construction performed a major redevelopment of an area at the historical Crosby Yacht Yard. This area was once used as a Navy repair yard and had remnants of many old marine structures throughout the project area. The project area was cleaned of the old debris, and a new bulkhead was constructed to allow for boat launching with a marine forklift. Additionally, a large pile supported timber deck was constructed that can be used for boat storage, or an event facility.

Stone Revetment – Martha’s Vineyard

Our construction crews worked hard on this first project on Martha’s Vineyard building a stone revetment in Tisbury. This was a great new challenge for Beacon Marine and as always, the crew delivered another top-quality project. A lot of behind-the-scenes work goes into these island projects. All of the materials and equipment had to be shipped from New Bedford to the Vineyard by tug and barge and the crew traveled to and from the island every day by ferry, planning their work schedules around the tides and weather.

Aluminum Pier Facts & Photos

Aluminum piers, mainly based in freshwater, offer new possibilities for private and commercial customers. These piers have a variety of additional accessories customers may add such as ladders, canoe/kayak racks, gangways, ramps, lights, benches, and boat lifts. These piers are lightweight and durably constructed with an aluminum frame and removable decking. Rugged, stable, and long lasting, aluminum piers are a great cost-effective option for homeowners. They can be removed annually and easily stored on site.

Yarmouth Vinyl Sheet Pile Bulkhead

Our construction crews replaced an old, crumbling concrete wall with a new vinyl sheet piling bulkhead. Vinyl sheet piling is known to have a long service life and is corrosion resistant. This project will reduce the impacts of extreme weather and tides extending the useful life of this building and family property on Lewis Bay.

Major Facelift on Yarmouth Pier Before & After – IPE Hardwood Upgrades

Our construction crews worked hard to bring new life to this older pier. The customer made a great choice with Ipe hardwood decking and handrail cap. Additionally, we replaced the floating docks and gangways with brand new ones. Finally, we added a nice touch to the piles by capping them with a special marine epoxy. Sometimes a full replacement isn’t always necessary and in this case we found plenty of life left in the structure to warrant the updates.

Pile Foundation – Seagull Beach, Yarmouth

Location: Seagull Beach, Yarmouth MA

Completion Date: September, 2016

Project Description: Installation of 16 piling complete with Parallam beams and custom brackets. The greatest challenge to this project was site access. Pile driving logs were kept and both the builder and Architect were happy with the completed job.

Ferry Road Embankment Stairs

Our construction crews wrapped up this project for a neighborhood association in Falmouth. This project included a variety of services including invasive vegetation removal, embankment grading and stabilization, stairs supported by helical piers driven into a bank, and construction of a new timber embankment staircase. All work on this project was self-performed and ahead of schedule.

New Pier Osterville – IPE Hardwood

Our construction crews finished the construction of this new pier in Osterville. The pier is a new addition to a recently completed home construction project and finished the project with access to deep water. This new pier is finished with a high-end upgrade using all IPE hardwood decking and handrail which will provide a long-term maintenance free and quality finish on this pier for the duration of its lifespan.

Pier Enhancement – New Handrail & Gate

Our maintenance crews wrapped up this enhancement on this pier in Marstons Mills. The crew installed a new pressure treated handrail, safety rail, and gate on the existing walkway section. The team was able to install the work on the existing pier structure. Galvanized hardware and stainless-steel screws were also used to increase the longevity of the handrail system while also making accommodations for a new dock box and power pedestal on the pier.

Seaview Ave Project – Piers and Bulkhead

Our construction crews replaced the old wooden bulkhead with flat panel sheets designed with a textured finish to look like a traditional timber seawall. Both Piers were re-done on this amazing waterfront property to cap off a total refit of water access.

Eastham Embankment Stairs Revamp

Our maintenance crew gave this embankment staircase in Eastham a major facelift. The crew demoed the existing beach stairs and built new from the ground up. The stairs were built with all new pressure treated lumber and galvanized fasteners. The staircase includes two benches and the installation of the existing dock box. This update will give the homeowner beach access for many years to come.

Helical Pier Grade Beam Wall

These photos are from a helical anchor project where our construction crews installed helical piles to support the foundation of a new retaining wall in an area with a high groundwater table. Helical piers were driven to support a concrete grade beam for a masonry wall.

Freshwater Dock Rebuild

Our maintenance division has been busy this summer servicing and upgrading our customer’s waterfronts. Our crews completed this rebuild of a dock on a pond and gave it an upgrade using IPE decking, a new ladder, and an IPE bench.

Neighboring Embankment Stairs with IPE Progress & Completion

Our construction crews were back in Dennis and built another large embankment star right next door to a previous winter project. This project is designed to match the stair next door and includes a large landing at the top with two large sitting benches, a large deck on top of the stone revetment, and built with all IPE decking and handrail. This stair also includes a two-piece aluminum staircase that can be quickly removed and stored in the event of a storm.

Bulkhead Progress & Completion

New bulkhead and embankment stair installation. First we had to build access down a steep bank, create a stable working area, and remove an old stone and concrete wall. Once the site was prepped we installed the new wall which included helical tiebacks, backfilled and graded the bank and finished with a brand new embankment stair set. All work was completed by Beacon Marine’s talented team. 

Pier Reconstruction

This project is complete reconstruction of an existing pier with upgraded and larger floating docks. This project also has a small dredging component to accommodate the new owner’s larger boat. Tight quarters made this project slightly more tricky than most. Captain Matt was able to move the tug and barge into place with little tolerance for error.

Embankment Stairs

This project has it all. Stairs bringing access to a private dock and an elevated sitting area that looks over the bay. These stairs were a complicated project as both helical piers and diamond piers were used to support every post. With twice the power, these stairs will be around for a long time. Also, a platform with a built in bench provides a great spot to take in the views of the Chatham waterfront. 

Wild Harbor Yacht Club Cofferdam

Cofferdams, also known as watertight walls, provide structure that assist in removing water from an area. Our construction crews have been working on a new boat ramp for the Wild Harbor Yacht Club in Falmouth. The crew installed and dewatered a temporary cofferdam, removed the old ramp, diverted and controlled a steady flow of ground water away from the new ramp, installed the sub grade, and reinstalled the granite curbing. Cofferdams prove to be a safe and efficient solution for a long-term project. 

Seasonal Ice Prevention Installation

New England winters can be unpredictable. Cold winter months can result in bays, estuaries, lakes and waterways to freeze. Once ice forms, it can cause a multitude of problems to piers, boardwalks, floats and pilings. Beacon Marine provides an ice prevention service to minimize the risk of ice damage occurring. Kasco de-icers and Elite Bubbler Systems are used to reduce not only the amount of ice, but the thickness of the ice around the waterway access.  Beacon Marine will service, install, store, and monitor these units during the winter months so your pier is awaiting warmer weather.

Seasonal Pier Removal (Fall)

This project highlights seasonal pier removals that occur mainly in the Fall.  One of Beacon’s crews from the maintenance division are seen starting the removal of one of our bigger timber docks. This pier comes in and out each year and is built with IPE decking panels, as well as a IPE floating dock and gangway.

Pier Rehab – Before & After

This outdated pier was in need of a major facelift. The crew stripped this pier down to the pilings, and hauled out all the debris via boat to be properly disposed of. This new pier construction followed the same footprint as the original structure, and the rebuild consisted of all new pressure treated lumber to increase the longevity of the pier for years to come. This enhancement included new vertical supports, ledgers, stringers, cross bracing, decking and handrail system. Stainless steel screws and galvanized fasteners are used to reduce rust and corrosion.

Bulkhead Upgrade

This project highlights a new vinyl bulkhead installation over in Cotuit. The wall is over 180’ long and made up of  ShoreGuard vinyl sheet-piling, and Chance helical tie back anchors. After the new wall was installed and all the fastening complete, the wall was backfilled with over 150 cubic yard of clean compatible fill material to re-nourish the heavily eroded embankment. All wall construction mobilization and installation had to be done by water, however, all of the new fill material was brought in from the upland side of this project and installed using a chute system. This was done to confirm there would be no further disturbance of the embankment.

Pier Enhancement

This project reflects our maintenance crew installing new IPE decking on a pier in Oyster Harbors. By using stainless steel screws to increase longevity and prevent rust, upon completion of decking, the old pier was demolished, as well as the old cross bracing. New cross bracing had been installed using a 3”x8” pressure treated lumber and galvanized hardware. This new cross bracing restricts the amount of lateral movement in the pier. Once these phases were complete, the crew installed 2 sets of TaylorMade Boat Whips. The boat whips are used to prevent boats from rubbing against the pier.

Sea View Stone Revetment

This project was a total upgrade for this property’s beachfront. This project included 180 feet of revetment reconstruction using a combination of the existing armor stone and new armor stone, and a 4’ increase in the top of wall elevation. In addition to the fortification of the wall, 2,200 cubic yards of beach compatible nourishment sand was installed to provide a buffer area between the seawall and the ocean. The stone groin projecting out into the water were completely reconstructed to help retain the sand from laterals erosion. Lastly, an embankment staircase and deck area were upgraded and reconstructed using wedge anchor to anchor the structure to the new revetment and finished with IPE Hardwood decking and handrail material.

Embankment Stairs Orleans

This new embankment staircase was recently constructed in Orleans. With newly installed jute netting to prevent dune erosion, this staircase was constructed with two platforms and built out of all pressure treated deck treads, stringers, handrail, and 4×4 uprights anchored by diamond piers into the embankment.

Marina Pier and Bulkhead Upgrades

Location: Osterville, MA

Completion Date: May, 2017

Project Details: Beacon Marine Construction was hired to perform the work at a local marina in Osterville. We worked closely with the engineer and owner throughout the entire design process to come up with a solution that fit the customer’s needs. The new vinyl bulkhead was installed in a spot that was previously a stone revetment. The work consisted of removing the stone revetment, selective demolition of finger piers, and installation of a new vinyl wall and piers. The new wall  was tied into an existing steel sheetpile wall and required the reconstruction of the finger piers. The sheathing was driven using a vibratory hammer. Deadman were set to add additional load capacity to accommodate cars being parked near the edge of the wall. The project was an overall success and we were able to have the marina ready for he 2017 boating season. 

Helical Pile Installation Brewster

LOCATION: Brewster, Cape Cod, MA


DESCRIPTION: Beacon Marine Construction was hired to install a helical pile foundation system to support an addition extending off the main floor of a house on a sloped lot. The helical piles were installed in a tight space among fragile landscape. Beacon is a certified installer of the AB Chance pile systems.

Pirates Cove Boat Ramp – Float and Pier Construction Mashpee, Cape Cod

LOCATION: Mashpee, Cape Cod, MA


DESCRIPTION: Beacon Marine Construction was hired to install and new pile supported aluminum float, aluminum gangway, and wooden pier section at the Pirates Cove Boat Ramp in Mashpee, MA. Beacon was able to successfully complete the work within the specified timeline. The boat ramp remained open throughout construction. When finished the public had a stable platform to use while launching and hauling their boats at this busy ramp.

Timber Bulkhead – Centerville

LOCATION: Centerville, Cape Cod, MA


DESCRIPTION: Construction of a 380′ timber bulkhead on the Centerville River. The project required working closely with the homeowner and landscape construction company to coordinate delivery of materials and equipment in tight quarters. The owner originally contracted a limited scope, but were so happy with the installation of the wall that they decided to build the wall to the full extent of their permit. The end result was a beautiful wall that was a valuable addition to the property.

New Pier Construction – Osterville

Location: Osterville, MA

Project Completion: August, 2016

Description: Construction of a pile supported pier in a tight waterway. It was necessary to wait for high tide and used our shallow draft tug to access the site with our barge. This pier had a nice custom finish with IPE and Thru-flow decking. We worked closely with the property owner and construction manager to make sure the final product was exactly what they expected. The work took approximately three weeks to accomplish. This pier was a great addition to an already stunning property.

Pile Foundation – Seagull Beach, Yarmouth

Location: Seagull Beach, Yarmouth MA

Completion Date: September, 2016

Project Description: Installation of 16 piling complete with Parallam beams and custom brackets. The greatest challenge to this project was site access. Pile driving logs were kept and both the builder and Architect were happy with the completed job.

Beach Nourishment, Cotuit

Location: Little Island, Osterville, MA

Completion date: June 2016

Details: Beacon Marine was hired to deliver 70 cubic yards of sand in an effort to nourish a beach that had experienced erosion at the base of a stone revetment. This project required the use of Beacon’s crane barge, materials barge, and tugs to deliver and place the sand via water.

Timber Bulkhead Little Island, Osterville

Location: North Bay, Osterville, MA

Completion date: April 2016

Details: Construction of a timber bulkhead stretched approximately 220 ft. along the beach at a private residence in Osterville. The bulkhead was tied into a stone wall at one side of the property and a neighboring timber bulkhead on the other side. Tight access through the yard required high tide delivery of materials and equipment. The client was pleased with the finished product as well as the quick construction timeline.

New Pier On Oyster Harbors

Location: Osterville, MA

Project Completion: March, 2016

Details: New pile supported pier constructed using Ipe decking on the pier, ramp, float, and handrail. A custom stair set was constructed up the bank with matching Ipe decking. ThruFlow decking material was used over the area with marsh grass to allow for sunlight penetration.  The project required the removal and disposal of an existing seasonal dock and a staircase. The project was completed ahead of schedule requiring less than 2 weeks total construction time.

Vinyl Bulkhead / Seawall Centerville River

Location: Craigville, MA

Project Completion: February, 2016

Details: Installation of a new vinyl bulkhead on the Centerville River. Removal and disposal of existing stone bulkhead. The new bulkhead consisted of approximately 130′ of vinyl sheet piling supported by 12″ timber piling. The cap on the bulkhead was built using AZEK matching the ramps and floats at the property. The original stone wall was removed revealing another stone wall that had been buried. Working from the barge, Beacon’s crew had to remove approximately 200 tons of material before we could begin driving the piling.

Seapuit River Dredging Project

Location: Osterville, MA

Project Completion: December, 2015

Details: Dredging of approximately 1000 CY of material from the Seapuit River in Osterville. The sandy material was used to nourish the beach and dune system adjacent to the river. All of the equipment had to be mobilized by barge. The project was completed in under 1 week. Throughout the winter months the sand was able to protect the beach from further erosion. Mechanical dredging methods were used to dig the river to -8′ MLW. See a write up on the project here:

New Timber Bulkhead Eel River, Osterville

Location: Osterville, MA
Project Completion: January 2016
Details: Installation of an approximately 305+ ft. timber bulkhead to combat erosion at the base of a slope. There was an existing bulkhead in the middle of the site to which the new structure was tied into. Site access was difficult. All equipment and materials were mobilized by barges and work skiffs. Beacon Marine has built dozens of seawalls similar to this using both timber and vinyl sheeting throughout Cape Cod.

Osterville Bridge Inspection

Location: Osterville, MA
Completion Date: December 2015
Project Details: Beacon Marine was hired to provide support services for an engineering firm hired to inspect the West Bay Bridge. Using a manlift on our deck scow and our push boat Alex G, we were able to successfully reach all of our inspection points.

North Bay Osterville Boat Salvage

Location: North Bay, Osterville, MA
Completion Date: August, 2015
Project Details: Beacon Marine was asked to locate and remove a sunken fiberglass boat on the edge of the channel. The boat was successfully salvaged and disposed of.