How to Choose the Right Boat Fender
As a boat owner, there are many accessories that you may want to add to your investment. While some accessories are for looks alone, others have a more functional purpose. As far as accessories with a function go, a boat fender should be on the top of your list. If you get a boat fender, you will have protection against docks and other boats alike. 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.
To begin with, you will have to narrow down what size of fender you want to get for your boat. 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. However, boat size is not the only variable we should consider here. Weather and other constant outside forces must also be factored in. 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. If you get a flat fender, you will only be able to wrap it around a boat vertically. 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. The preferable alignment is contingent on what you often use your boat for.
Finally, you will want to take a moment and decide if you want to factor in the aesthetic of your fender. To get a fender that matches perfectly, it may end up adding to the cost of the fender. 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. In addition to the cover, it may be prudent to invest in fender racks and cleaning supplies as well. With these accessories, you can have multiple fenders handy, and be able to clean them all effectively.
Buying a boat fender can be a bit confusing. The modes and styles of boat fenders can vary greatly from one to the next. Still, it should not be debated whether or not you need one. A boat fender is essential to the safety of your vessel. Thought you may not have needed one in times past, you would be better off getting one now to minimize the chance of damage in the future. Make sure to get the proper size fender, and all of the accessories you will need to properly care for it.