Tips for Buying a Boat Fender
If you are a boat owner, you may feel a bit overwhelmed with the number of boat accessories available to you. There are accessories that merely add to the aesthetic of your boat, while others add functionality. As far as accessories with a function go, a boat fender should be on the top of your list. A boat fender serves the purpose of shielding your boat from a dock or another boat. That said, it is not as easy as choosing the first fender that you see. In this article, we will go over some quick tips to help you decide between boat fenders.
The first decision you will have to make is how big or small you want your fender to be. This of course largely depends on the size of your boat, but generally you will want protection relative to the size of your boat. It is recommended that you get 1″ of diameter for cylindrical fenders, or for spherical fenders, 2″ for each 4′-5′ of your boat’s length. Still, this is not the only variable to consider. Weather and other constant outside forces must also be factored in. Generally speaking, one wants a fender that is larger, since it will have more overall coverage.
To follow that, you will want to think about whether you want your fenders to hang horizontally or vertically. A flat fender will only have the ability to wrap vertically around the boat. They are also more suited to smaller boats. Center rope tube fenders can be used in either alignment. As this fender is often used for larger boats, it has ropes to keep it in place. You will want to choose the alignment based on the intensity of movement your boat experiences.
Now, you must come to a conclusion concerning how you feel about the aesthetic of the fender. You may want a matching fender, and find that it costs more. Another option is to get a cover for your fender that matches your boat. Additionally this will help to keep your boat more clean overall. You may also wish to invest in fender racks and cleaning supplies when getting the cover. With the added bonus of these tools, you can have multiple fenders at the ready and keep them all properly clean.
Buying a boat fender can be a bit confusing. There are a few different orientations and styles. However, what should not be up for question is whether or not you need one. A boat fender is essential to the safety of your vessel. You may have gone this long without one, but the longer you go without one opens up more chances for your boat to need costly repairs. With the right size fender and all of the necessary accompanying accessories, you will have a much safer boat.