Just for a moment, consider how careful you are when you’re docking and undocking your boat. If you are docking or undocking at your own dock, of course you are being very careful not to damage your own boat or your own dock. Otherwise, if you’re not maneuvering at your dock you’re being very cautious not to damage your boat, right? We all enjoy our own property for a number of reasons. As careful as you are, how many times have you bumped or rubbed your own dock pilings? However careful you are there are several uncontrollable factors, such as the wind, rain and the wave, that make a difference in how your boat moves and responds.
While our main reason for employing dock protection is to protect our own property, we must think about harm that could occur as other boaters come and go out of your dock. You’ve got more experience coming and going in your own environment and you understand how the exterior components will affect it. Others might not have that experience or knowledge.
Dock bumpers can provide protection against those bumps and dings which are nearly unavoidable once the water gets rough, and can save you those possible costly repair expenses.
Dock bumpers are lightweight, flexible, and can be placed on multiple parts of the dock. The most useful are those which get attached directly to a pier’s borders and run parallel to the side of a ship when it’s docked, but you might also choose to set up corner bumpers and post bumpers that fix to posts and roof columns for greater safety. As an added bonus, installation is simple and they tend to be resistant to fungi, so once they’re attached you won’t have to spend much time worrying about them.
What to consider when buying dock bumpers:
1 thing that you ought to consider if you’re installing dock bumpers yourself is the material you can use. Not using galvanized steel bolts and brackets will cause the materials to break in the waves and wind, leading to harm to your dock. It pays in the long run to pay the additional costs in the beginning rather than replacing it later.
You’ll also want to be certain you by durable, sturdy protective bumpers. Your pier protectors will be long-lasting if you make sure the item is reliable to start with.
Dock bumpers also come in various colors. You will want to compare products and select a product which won’t only be sturdy and hold up in the outside elements, but one that also enhances your dock look and your recreational or outdoor location.
Dock Bumper Installation Steps:
1. Take measurements of the pier. Use these measurements when buying your dock bumper.
2. Determine the height. Position the boat alongside the dock and assess the height of where the dock bumper should be placed. Put the bumper at the right height to be sure the boat does not simply slide beneath the bumper when docking.
3. Install mounting bracket and hardware with the measurements determined in step two and according to the directions.
4. Install the bumper. Twist the bumper onto the mounting bracket and ensure that the bumper is secure.
Tips: Use silicone or another sealer to seal all of the screw holes because the bumper is mounted in a wet environment.