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How do I choose a boat fender?

If your boat is particularly heavy for its size, or the conditions you moor in are or will be particularly harsh, use larger, heavier duty fenders than called for in sizing charts. The general rule of thumb is that a cylindrical fender should have 1" of diameter (2" for round fenders) for every 4' to 5' of boat length.

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Similarly, it is asked, what size of boat fenders do I need?

West Marine recommends fenders with 1 inch of diameter per 4 to 5 feet of boat length. So, a 20- to 25-foot boat should use at least 6-inch fenders; a 25- to 35-foot boat should use 8-inch fenders.

Furthermore, how thick should my dock line be? Your dock line should have 1/8" of diameter for every 9' of boat with a minimum size of 3/8". This means a 20' boat should use 3/8" lines. A 40' boat should use 5/8" line.

In this regard, what is the best boat fender?

The 5 Top-Rated Boat Fenders

  • Our Top Pick: Polyform US G-5 Fender.
  • Our Runner Up Pick: Extreme Max BoatTector Fender Value 2 Pack.
  • Best Budget Pick: Taylor Made Hull Gard Fender.
  • Best Round Boat Fender Pick: Polyform A Series Buoy.
  • Best Inflatable Boat Fender Pick: Shoreline Marine Ribbed Inflatable Fender.

What size bumpers do I need for my boat?

As a general rule of thumb, for every 5 feet of a boat's length you'll need one fender an inch thick (in diameter). Small vessels may require just two fenders, while boats over 40-feet may need over 6.

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