Fenders & Buoys
Fenders and buoys are essential for protecting your boat against damage to its hull when anchored, moored in a dock or rafted up. These inflatable products act as a cushion, absorbing the shock caused by movement in the water. There are many shapes and sizes available to suit a range of vessel lengths. Consider your boat’s length, weight and the mooring conditions when selecting which fender to use and how many to hang. As a general rule, cylindrical double-eye fenders are better for shorter, lighter vessels. Centre-hole, round, and hybrid cylindrical-round fenders are best for bigger, heavier vessels.
A cylindrical fender should have 1 inch of diameter for every 4 to 5 feet of boat length. There should be one fender for every 10 feet of waterline and a minimum of three fenders for each side. 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 that a fender can’t cover. Buoys are ideal for raft-ups because they offer more protection than cylindrical fenders. You can also use buoys in the water as net floats and marker buoys. A round buoy should have 2 inches of diameter for every 4 to 5 feet of boat length.
Boat Accessories Australia also stocks corner, straight and wheel dock fenders for docks, pontoons, marinas and wharves. In addition we also offer great accessories like fender and rope lanyard packs, fender baskets, fender covers, fender inserts, fender valves, bike pump adaptors and more.