Good bumpers?

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I do not think the boat has solid bumpers, to protect the sides. I doubt the "standard" bumpers at Academy will be strong enough.

How many would you get and which ones? Trying to not take up too much room, but protecting the boat is worth doing right.

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They're called "fenders"... git 'yer terminology correct! :)

Taylor Made fenders have been around for decades and are guaranteed for life. Excellent track record - we sell them at the shop and I can't think of the last time one came back. Two per side is plenty for that size boat.
 
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They're called "fenders"... git 'yer terminology correct! :)

Taylor Made fenders have been around for decades and are guaranteed for life. Excellent track record - we sell them at the shop and I can't think of the last time one came back. Two per side is plenty for that size boat.

Yer killin me, Smalls..

Lol.. I know.. I just have not had enough coffee today, sorry. Hell, I think this was the first time I was able to read a thread lol.. slow start today

Oh, and while yer correctin people, Mr Fender.. lol .. post a dadgum link to your place so a fella can order some!

Will be after I get the boat back to see if some are stuffed in the cubbys.. heh, but do not think there are any.

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I have said it before ...bumpers are for pontoon boaters and lake people. I have also said I use bumpers to ward off other boaters. If you tie a few bumpers to your stern and midship cleats and let them fly around , other boats will avoid you thinking you are novice and or first day on the water.

It's like a rattle on a rattle snake, stay away. In nature this mimic behavior or morph mimic works well. The hog nose snake will mimic a rattle snake by flattening it's head and shaking it's tail. The scarlet king snake mimics the deadly coral snake. On the lake I mimic the people renting pontoon boats. So far nobody gets near me except NC Fish and Wildlife. Lol. Bumpers are your friend. Taylor made are great bumpers. If you go to West Marine you will find them under fenders. The term fender cones from the verb or action to fend off. The bumper method I described above works best with long rope ( not line, another nautical thingy similar to rope) so the bumpers either skip off the water or bounce around the side of the boat as you tool down the water.
 
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I have said it before ...bumpers are for pontoon boaters and lake people. I have also said I use bumpers to ward off other boaters. If you tie a few bumpers to your stern and midship cleats and let them fly around , other boats will avoid you thinking you are novice and or first day on the water.

It's like a rattle on a rattle snake, stay away. In nature this mimic behavior or morph mimic works well. The hog nose snake will mimic a rattle snake by flattening it's head and shaking it's tail. The scarlet king snake mimics the deadly coral snake. On the lake I mimic the people renting pontoon boats. So far nobody gets near me except NC Fish and Wildlife. Lol. Bumpers are your friend. Taylor made are great bumpers. If you go to West Marine you will find them under fenders. The term fender cones from the verb or action to fend off. The bumper method I described above works best with long rope ( not line, another nautical thingy similar to rope) so the bumpers either skip off the water or bounce around the side of the boat as you tool down the water.

Hell, I'll call 'em a steak if it makes people happy .. lol.. I am easy.

I just read something that someone said there are weight differences. Not sure, never really thought about it much as my heaviest boat to date was like 3500lbs, so... heh. figured to make sure to get the right ones for this heavy of a boat.

They may have been full of it, so figured to ask you GW experts;)

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I buy what I consider a medium size. They are maybe 18-24 inches long and maybe 6 inches in diameter I am guessing. They make bigger ones. It the bigger the fender the more they can compress and such. I say if you keep your boat in the water or boat where it's busy and a lot of wake traffic, then get the bigger size . This way you create space between your hull and the dock to absorb the energy of bigger wakes and such.
 
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Eh, I try to stay away from folks.. heh... I am never in a hurry, so, guess I will look for the same.

Thanks Smokey

Dennis.. I was only teasing ya ;) I always appreciate the input :)

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Dennis.. I was only teasing ya ;) I always appreciate the input :)

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No worries - I knew you were only teasing :)

I appreciate the thought, of course, but we're an 'ol fashioned brick-n-mortar store and are not setup for online ordering. Besides, by the time you paid for shipping, it would be less expensive to just get them locally. Plus, it's good to support your local businesses.

Take a look here: http://www.taylormadeproducts.com/cgi-bin/catalog.pl?item_id=3
 

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I figured as much, but I always try to support the folks that support me. Outside of that, I too like supporting the local businesses.

Drat.... looks like the nice dark blue ones are way more expensive lol

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Yo Smoky, yes you made me laugh with your post of flopping and dragging fenders. It has been a pet peeve of mine for years. See beautifully deigned boats heading out of the marina with those appendages flopping along side or dragging in the water. Always hoping they will be taken onboard but NO, this is the way they travel. Too lazy to pull them up, or possible expecting contact with another vessel out somewhere on the brine. Does nothing for the streamline design of the vessel, much to my dismay. I fee so much better now! Cheers, trapper