About Wave Eater Attenuation Systems

Wave Eater didn't just start with our wave attenuation device. Summit has been manufacturing and distributing marine products since 1954. Summit originally began as the Benson Anchor Company, a manufacture of unique anchor windlasses and accessories for the boating industry. With the acquisition of Marine Docks in 1986 the group broadened the product line to include aluminum floating docks and dock hardware under the Dock Pete’s banner.

In response to a marina development project problem in upstate New York we developed and patented the Wave Eater floating breakwater system in 1992. With installations in various parts of the US and abroad, Wave Eater has proven itself to be an economical and durable wave attenuation system providing service for the Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, numerous State Park agencies and private as well as public marinas.

Please contact us with any questions regarding wave attenuation, Wave Eater, Dock Pete’s, or Jim Buoys.

History of Wave Eater

Wave Eater evolved from an idea presented to our former company Benson Marine Products. Benson was founded in 1954 and was the first company to design a lightweight slip-ring anchor. The Benson "Snag Proof Anchor" was recognized as the superior cast slip-ring anchor and was sold around the world.

In 1986 Benson acquired Marine Docks of Waterloo, NY. Marine Docks was a fabricator of skid resistant aluminum docks and gangways. Many of their installations were installed in the Northeastern region of the US.

As waterfront sheltered areas became less available for development, marina builders found themselves having to expose their dock systems to more open water. The need arose for an economical wave attenuator device that would meet both environmental regulations and be cost effective.

With this in mind Peter Odenbach the president of Benson Marine began to search for an attenuator solution. Odenbach grew up on Lake Ontario and also spent many years on the Finger Lakes in central New York. His grandfather was a famous shipbuilder in Rochester, NY. Manufacturing various types of vessels used in WWII.

A project in Canandaigua, New York required a floating breakwater. Odenbach designed and patented a rotationally molded product based on a swimming pool delineator developed by the famous American Gold Medalist in the 1936 Berlin games named Adolf Kiefer. With Kiefer's permission a regulatory buoy design was developed that would simulate the dissipation of waves created and then dissipated by Olympic swimmers.

Wave Eater was developed as a rotationally molded drum with baffles. Through the center a high density polyethylene pipe was molded in as well to be the bearing core. The product as installed has the capacity to submerge 2/3rds by filling with water. The units as designed churn as the waves strike them much as a washing machine agitator moves back and forth. Dissipation rates vary according to how the wave attenuation system is designed.

Since 1995 numerous wave attenuation systems have been installed around the United States and in Asia. The simple construction of molded plastic using water as a ballast makes it a very economical and environmentally safe product. Some materials used in the manufacturing of Wave Eater's breakwater systems come from recycled materials.