Marine fenders are a bumper that absorb energy from foreign objects that collide with your vessel such as marina berths, other boats, jetties, and impact forces.
Fenders are crucial pieces of marine equipment for your boat’s safety, that is why it is imperative you select the right type of fender for your beloved boat.
This blog explains the variety of different fenders on the market and their functions. By the end you should be able to have a good grasp on which fender is correct for your vessel and needs.
Cylindrical fenders can either be
double eye or center-hole.
Both styles ensure safe and linear berthing for a broad range of vessels. Double-eye fenders are generally more suited for protecting shorter and lighter
vessels. Whilst on the flip side, center hole is better for longer and heavier vessels. This is because the single hole allows the fender to provide more cushioning. They can also be used horizontally and vertically.
Round fenders are generally well known for providing a large degree of protection for your vessel, due to their spherical shape, they create the most amount of distance between your vessel and your neighbours or berth. These fenders are best for larger and heavier vessels for this reason, and because of the amount of space they occupy on board.
Hybrid fenders are designed with the functions of both cylindrical and round fenders, giving you that happy-medium. They are for more protection than a cylindrical fender and are easier to store onboard your vessel. These fenders work well vertically and can also be used horizontally.
Transom fenders are designed specifically to protect the transom of your vessel. We recommend investing in these if your boat has a swim platform!
Flat fenders are great because they seamlessly contour to things like curved hulls, and their design prevents them from moving around and rolling up. They have a stylish and modern look, and are easy to stow, however their narrower design may not provide adequate protection for larger and heavier vessels.
Choosing the right fender is subject to how large your boat is, what parts of your boat you are trying to protect, and what you are trying to protect them against. We hope you now have a general idea of which fender type will be best suited for your boat. Fenders are one of the most important protection decisions you will make, so be sure to select them carefully.
Happy boating !