Sport Phillip Marine Chandlery Supplies

Choosing a Fender

Boats that tie up to floating docks commonly set fenders just above the waterline to maintain a buffer zone between dock and boat. Boats that raft together place the fenders at the point of contact-generally where the beam is the greatest. Docking next to pilings presents a special challenge: the pilings tend to push the fenders aside, with damaging consequences. A solution is to use a fender board that spans the distance between pilings. With the fenders and pilings, a boat can ride reasonably comfortably against a wharf.

Boats with permanent slips often install dock guards or cushions so that the dock carries the protection, not the boat. Since they can be placed right at the point of contact, they won't swing out of the way. Dock cushions can prevent damage when fenders are not lined up precisely.

What size do I buy?
Nice boats deserve generously sized fenders. We recommend large fenders because large diameter fenders are the best way to provide that protection. It is, after all, only the width of the fender that separates the boat from the dock. We like 1" of diameter for cylindrical fenders or 2" of diameter for spherical fenders for every 5' of boat length.

Boat LengthCylindrical fender Dia.Spherical Fender Dia.
To 15'3"NR



Sport Phillip Marine services the boating, yachting & fishing needs of the Mornington Peninsula from Frankston, Daveys Bay, Mornington, Mt. Martha, Safety Beach, Martha Cove, Dromana, Rosebud, Rye, Blaigowrie, Sorrento and Portsea on Port Phillip Bay and Yaringa, Warneet, Somers, Hastings, and Flinders on Westernport Bay.

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