Posted on September 28, 2023
How to Protect Your Dock from Your Boat with Our Fenders & Bumpers
Boat dock bumpers are one of the simplest and best forms of protection for your boat and boat dock alike. Minor collisions will happen sometimes, so it’s best to put up as much protection as possible to avoid unsightly and potentially expensive damage.
Things happen out on the water. The wind and waves can pick up, forcing a moored boat to collide into your dock system. Someone could underestimate their driving abilities, overshoot a boat lift, or otherwise end up colliding with your dock. There’s no avoiding the occasional small bump or scrape, but what seem like small mishaps can be problematic for your boat lift system and dock alike.
Boat dock fenders and bumpers are cushioned attachments for your dock system that sit between your dock system and a boat. The terms are often used interchangeably, but technically, a bumper is attached to a dock while a fender is attached to a boat. No matter where they are, they’re designed to absorb energy and resist rubbing, which means that when a boat comes up against a protected dock edge or pole, the bumper or fender absorbs the impact that would normally affect your boat or dock.
Some boat dock owners take a DIY approach to boat dock protectors and use old tires, pool noodles, and other handmade solutions. While the creativity is commendable — and these solutions can work in a pinch — a bumper or fender that’s specifically designed for protecting the boat and the dock absorbs the energy better and keeps your boat from getting scuffed or scratched up.
When you’re looking to buy or upgrade a protection system for your boat dock, there are some important qualities to look into. Consider this a checklist when you go to your local waterfront dealer to shop for protective options.
While there are more resources than ever for the boat owner who’s shopping around for the best equipment, all of that information can get overwhelming. This is where talking to a local waterfront dealer can be a huge help. They will know the local conditions, as well as you do as well as have the industry knowledge to know which products work best with your waterfront. Come prepared with as much information about your waterfront and what you’re looking for as possible; they’ll be happy to help you out.
HydroHoist carries fender, bumper, and edging options for our boat docks to protect your waterfront system for its entire life. Complete your HydroHoist waterfront with one of these options:
Remember that your local HydroHoist dealer is a great resource for all things waterfront life. Not only will your local dealer know HydroHoist’s products inside and out, but they’ll also be familiar with the waterfront conditions in your area, making their expertise and recommendations incredibly valuable for any boater. They can also help with installation, removal, and other waterfront issues when you need them.