Boat fenders and buoys are the easiest way to prevent damage to your boat's hull. As well as the popular cylindrical fenders, we also stock bow fenders and stern fenders, as well as dock fenders & pontoon fenders. You can choose from a selection of accessories like fender covers & baskets, and our range includes teardrop-shaped buoys and marker buoys.
Fenders act as a cushion to protect boats from damage against docks and other boats moored nearby. Different vessel lengths and weights require fenders of different shapes and sizes. The most popular fender for recreational boats is the double-eye cylinder which you can mount either vertically or horizontally using rope strung between the eyes at each end.
Lots of boaties ask us “What size boat fenders do I need?” The factors to consider when choosing the right fender and number are your boat’s length, the weight of the boat and the mooring conditions. A cylindrical fender should have 1 inch of diameter for every 4 to 5 feet of boat length and 2 inches of diameter if it’s a round buoy. There should be one fender for every 10 feet of waterline and a minimum of three fenders for each side of the boat. If your boat is heavier than normal for its length, or if the mooring conditions are harsh use more fenders than recommended.
Cylindrical fenders are the most common type. The width and length of cylinder fenders increases with the size of the boat they protect. The popular Majoni brand has eight sizes of their popular white and blue top fenders.
Have two different fenders available to suit all mooring conditions and situations. If you tie up to another boat or dock, don’t risk expensive hull repairs because you skimped on fenders. Check the size of the fenders you buy will be adequate to do the job.
Buoys are like fenders, just round rather than cylindrical in shape. They are used on powerboats with flared bows and commercial fishing boats where there is a large distance to the dock a fender can’t cover. Buoys are ideal for raft-ups because they offer more protection than cylindrical fenders to keep the boats’ hulls safe from damage. You can also use buoys in the water as net floats and marker buoys.
Round fender buoys come in several sizes, but most recreational skippers will choose buoys that are between 9 and 19 inches in diameter. Buoys are available in PVC, but double-thickness fabric covers are available in UV and salt-resistant acrylic materials.
Fenders are also available in multi-use cushioned patterns to wrap around edges or to cover steel beams and poles, anything your boat may bang into. The arc fender can also be used as a step ladder to board a boat from a dinghy or a dock. Held in place with rope either side, the fender works as both a ladder and fender. Cylinder fenders with a centre hole provide more options for mounting as one rope can slip down the middle and tie at the end, rather than needing two pieces of rope to tie to the two eyes of a standard cylinder fender.