Round, oblong, cylindrical? Solid core or inflatable? Horizontal or vertical? Red, green, blue, or yellow? You have a lot of choices when you purchase fenders and buoys for your boat, and I am happy to help you navigate your way to the best choices for your purposes. And maybe even offer some ideas you haven’t thought of yet. Here are my Top 5 Favorite Buoys and Fenders on the market today, and why:
These are the stable, sturdy ones. Their round shape offers maximum standoff, making these fenders ideal for rafting onto other boats and mooring in all conditions. Designed for very large boats and yachts, the extreme strength of the Polyform A Series provides terrific protection in undulating waters. These fenders also make great anchor pulls, marker buoys, and floats for fishing nets. Whether you’re pleasure yachting or commercial fishing, if you’ve got a large boat, you need reliable fenders to match your purposes … backed by a lifetime warranty.
These solar-lighted buoys are soooo cool. When the sun sets at night, lakes, rivers and oceans become dark and mysterious places … and often dangerous places. If you use lighted marker buoys, however, you can protect yourself and your property from imminent dangers caused by darkness and adverse weather conditions. You can also turn nighttime waterways into beautiful, magical places with battery-operated, lighted marking and mooring buoys. Aqua Lanterns are powered by photocells in the solar panels that automatically turn the lighted buoys on at sunset and off when morning comes. They are durable, long lasting and can be seen almost a nautical mile away at night. Read more here.
My favorite thing about the inflatable HTM Series is their versatility for medium- to heavy-duty applications. They are great for mooring, protecting trailered boats and running through locks. And get this: they mount horizontally (as well as vertically) with a single line. The molded-in, vertical ribs and reinforced tube ends give these fenders great strength and resistance to abrasion, tears and punctures. And, unlike some other fenders, the HTM boat fenders have an even wall thickness from one end to the other, for maximum strength and durability. Nice, huh? And they come in ten different colors, including white, red, green, black, and three shades of blue, to name a few.
These are the big guys, used by the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and commercial fishermen alike. Their heavy-duty construction is designed for large boats, 20 to 70 feet long – and longer. These commercial grade fenders are ideal for the most rugged marine applications, including mooring, anchoring, or rafting to other large boats. They are certainly the best choice for rough water, wind, large waves and tidal fluctuations. The rope holds have multiple-ribbed and reinforced material, and the fenders also boast a secure vinyl valve for maximum seal … so your fender won’t deflate or wear the rope away. So rough, tough and rugged, the Polyform F Series are backed by a lifetime warranty.
This is the buoy for safety in navigating waterways. With the durable and vibrant Taylor Made Sur-Mark II, you can clearly mark waterways with navigational and safety messages. Made from UV protected polyethylene, their bright colors resist fading and are visible 37 inches above the waterline. Seamless construction, with a concrete ballast, provides maximum durability and long life. Choose from 19 optional buoy labels (sold in pairs); bright orange marking tape is included.
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