A boat dock bumper is a worthwhile investment that can help increase the lifespan of your boat dock, protect your watercraft from damage and allow you to cast off with ease. Also known as boat dock fenders, boat dock bumpers are shock-absorbing devices that are attached to floating docks.
They protect boats from damage caused by driving into boat docks too quickly or inclement weather. Regardless of how much experience you have in steering boats, you may accidentally hit a boat dock at some point, which can cost anywhere between $75 and $400 in repairs. In order to eliminate the risk, you need to install a boat dock bumper.
Boat dock bumpers are quite affordable and come in a wide range of sizes and materials. You can even create a custom solution to fit your boat dock perfectly.
The Different Boat Dock Materials to Choose From
The protective layer on the outside of the bumper is available in four different types of materials — rubber, foam, vinyl, and PVC. You can choose a material depending on your requirements. PVC is manufactured to withstand all types of weather conditions, including UV rays, ice, and sea salt. Vinyl is manufactured to withstand changing weather conditions and will not fade, thereby lasting for several years.
Foam is affordable than other materials used for dock bumpers but has a shorter lifespan. Even though it protects boat and boat docks, it may chip or fade over the years. Rubber is created from recycled rubber tires, which have the following qualities: UV resistant, low friction, affordable and can withstand high impacts. Owners with fiberglass boat rubber should be extra careful because the rubber may scratch the hull.
How to Choose the Right Boat Dock Bumper
First off, do not buy boat bumpers that you do not need. When you are choosing a boat dock bumper, here is what to consider:
- Determine the locations of the most likely impact points on the boat dock (Boat slips have three contact points. The location your watercraft may potentially have a head-on collision requires additional cushioning).
- Determine the size of your watercraft and the possible impact it could have on your boat dock. (Dock owners with a small watercraft can add corner bumpers or foam dock siding. Dock owners with a large watercraft can add a piling bumper or a more durable PVC siding).
- Protect your boat dock’s pilings and corners. (Use mountable dock wheels or corner bumpers for safe docking. Mount traditional dock bumpers vertically to protect boat docks with pilings).
In 30 minutes or less, you can install dock bumpers on your boat dock. If you go with PVC dock bumpers, they will last you up to a decade. If you opt for rubber or foam dock bumpers, you will need to replace them after a few years. Examine your dock bumpers for dents or cracks from time to time and if you find any, replace them.
Whether you want to learn more about boat dock bumpers or need to install a floating dock, contact EZ Dock Texas at 800-654-8168. Call us for a quote today if you belong to Texas, Oklahoma, or New Mexico.