Water bodies are quite turbulent, and for this reason, they can cause your boat to ram into another boat or the wall of the dock. These collisions are can be quite fatal but can easily be avoided by simply employing the aid of inflatable fenders which are strategically placed around the boat. Below are guidelines on choosing inflatable boat fenders for your boat.
First, you need to take into consideration the size of your boat when choosing inflatable fenders. The main size characteristics of a boat are its length and its weight which are key determinant factors in the selection of inflatable boat fenders. For large sized and heavy boats, you need to purchase more inflatable fenders for guaranteed security of your boat from collisions. The best installation method is having a single fender for every four to five feet of your boat length.
Secondly, take into consideration the shape of the inflatable fenders during the selection process. Fenders come in different shapes and sizes which include cylindrical double eye, cylindrical hollow fenders, hybrid cylindrical round, round fenders, and mooring fenders. As they generally reduce collision some have specific purposes. Sausage shaped and cylindrical double eyed fenders are the best fenders for small vessels. As you choose fenders for a large vessel it is highly recommended that you choose the round, cylindrical hollow or hybrid fenders.
Fenders can either be tied in a horizontal or vertical position and the shape of the fender is a great determinant to this. Fenders are hung vertically if you are protecting your boats when you are mooring against a dock. Fenders which can be tied in a horizontal position are the best for protecting your boat from damages that may be caused by pilings.
Thirdly, take into consideration the conditions your boat will be exposed to during docking or when you leave it at the docks during your selection process. In order for you to prevent damage to your boat, ensure you match the size and shape of your fenders to the extreme of the docking conditions you may expect.
In conclusion, ensure that you factor in the price of the fenders and the associated accessories which come with the fenders. With regard to price go for affordable fenders as they are generally available and fair prices are charged for them. Fenders from a reputable brand seller are the best as quality is guaranteed. The necessary gear which comes with the fender includes a hand operated fender pump for inflating air into inflatable fenders, a fender cover for covering its surface after docking and a fender rack for positioning the fenders on board during cruises out at sea. It is also advisable to choose fenders whose color match that of your vessel.