Tips for Buying a Boat Fender
As a boat owner, there are many accessories that you may want to add to your investment. There are accessories that merely add to the aesthetic of your boat, while others add functionality. For functional accessories, one that you should never be without is a boat fender. For protection against docks of various composition and other boats in general, a boat fender is the perfect investment. Still this does not mean that you can choose just any fender. 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. Yous should get 1″ of diameter for cylindrical fenders, or 2″ for spherical fenders, in ratio to every 4′-5′ of your boat’s length. Still, this is not the only variable to consider. It also highly depends on what conditions your boat will be facing on a regular basis. As a general rule, larger fenders are recommended for larger areas of protection.
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. The ropes help keep this type of fender in place, since its large form requires more security. The preferable alignment is contingent on what you often use your boat for.
Now, you must come to a conclusion concerning how you feel about the aesthetic of the fender. To get a fender that matches perfectly, it may end up adding to the cost of the fender. If you only want a simple color match, you can always depend on the cover you get for the fender for that purpose. This fender cover will also keep your boat more clean. While getting a cover, you will also want to get fender racks and cleaning supplies. This way, you can store spare fenders and have the necessary tools to clean your fender when you switch it out.
Buying a boat fender can be a bit confusing. Styles and orientations can differ greatly. The fact that you need one, however, is not debatable. The safety of your vessel depends heavily on your fender. 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.