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carlsonwa
01-25-2012, 05:33 PM
Hey all,

I am months away again from being on the water. But its a good time of year to prepare for boating. I do a fair share of rafting, tieing up with other boats at Lake Minnetonka, Gull Lake, and the St. Croix if you are familiar with any of those locations.

I am always worried about keeping my boat protected from damage in those situations and try to match up with similar sized boats as well as you can tell the people who take care of their boat.

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww238/wayne_carlson/buoy.jpg

On those days I take along 4 large buoys, but just wondering if anyone has tried something I havent thought of? Or something that packs a bit easier than large buoys.
Saw these on Overtons.

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww238/wayne_carlson/buoy2.jpg

JRW160
01-25-2012, 05:52 PM
I use 4 hippy hops and they work awesome. We tie up every weekend. I also keep a 12v pump. It takes about a minute to inflate all 4.
http://www.amazon.com/Ball-Bounce-Sport-Spiderman-Hopper/dp/B00101X7BW/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327531862&sr=8-1-fkmr1

2RLAKE
01-25-2012, 05:58 PM
we have Professor H20 who diligently guards all the boats while we socialize ....

epnault
01-25-2012, 05:58 PM
Give Corey a call at Midwest MasterCraft. My wife called him looking for some extra Xmas gifts and he hooked her/me up with some sweet TaylorMade ones. They are really nice. No more worries for me.

What do you guys think about the canvas wraps (I seen those on another boat)? Are those just for decoration?

rgardjr1
01-25-2012, 06:23 PM
Higher quality hippity hop:

http://exileaudio.com/store/index.php/install-accessories/exile-buoy-ball-fender.html

CantRepeat
01-25-2012, 06:27 PM
The best fenders are to not tie up. ;)

swatguy
01-25-2012, 08:01 PM
+10 on the hippity hops

Easily customized and give plenty of space between boats for racks not to touch. They then fold away taking up next to zero space

nauti-dreamer
01-25-2012, 09:22 PM
I have seen other people on the forum talk about these (Hull Kushions). I am considering a purchase of these for this coming summer. Sometimes we take a week vacation to a resort or rental and can never be certain of the docking conditions. Sure would be nice to bring your own protection to the party! Would also be useful for tie-ups.

http://www.hullkushion.com/about.html

2RLAKE
01-25-2012, 09:37 PM
I have seen other people on the forum talk about these (Hull Kushions). I am considering a purchase of these for this coming summer. Sometimes we take a week vacation to a resort or rental and can never be certain of the docking conditions. Sure would be nice to bring your own protection to the party! Would also be useful for tie-ups.

http://www.hullkushion.com/about.html

those look really interesting ... wonder how much they are

curtish
01-26-2012, 12:54 AM
those look really interesting ... wonder how much they are

I am interested as well. Do they ship to the US?

nauti-dreamer
01-26-2012, 07:26 AM
I'm sure they wouldn't mind shipping to the US. I doubt they could survive being a business for long if they only relied on the Canadian boating market/season!!!

I saw they also have a Facebook page as well for placing orders and such.

carlsonwa
01-26-2012, 10:21 AM
I'm sure they wouldn't mind shipping to the US. I doubt they could survive being a business for long if they only relied on the Canadian boating market/season!!!

I saw they also have a Facebook page as well for placing orders and such.

Here is their Facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hullkushion-by-IFLB-Designs/120788751285697?sk=wall&filter=12

I wonder how much $$

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ttu
01-26-2012, 10:50 AM
I have seen other people on the forum talk about these (Hull Kushions). I am considering a purchase of these for this coming summer. Sometimes we take a week vacation to a resort or rental and can never be certain of the docking conditions. Sure would be nice to bring your own protection to the party! Would also be useful for tie-ups.

http://www.hullkushion.com/about.html

i really like those! wonder how much.

Sodar
01-26-2012, 11:01 AM
Only problem I see is the material used on the outside. It looks like the same material they use on the outside of towables. If it is, that stuff is not exactly soft and will scratch the crap out of the boat!

When I raft up, I roll old school and use these:

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww238/wayne_carlson/buoy2.jpg

Covered by these:

http://www.mecoastmarine.com/images/polyballs-cover.jpg

jk13
01-26-2012, 11:07 AM
those look really interesting ... wonder how much they are

I thought I remembered they weren't cheap.

Quick search found this:

http://www.pridemarine.com/index.cfm?category=10047%7C10406&product=9637290&code=HullKushion

Lakeside09
01-26-2012, 11:43 AM
EXILE BUOY BALLS

They are awesome!

swatguy
01-26-2012, 07:29 PM
Holy Shiat......I could cover my whole boat in hippity hos for that price. If I had a 40ftr I think those would be way better, but hippity hops for a wakeboat all day long.

nauti-dreamer
01-26-2012, 09:50 PM
I'd be curious what the price is directly from Hull Kushion???

If it is in that $300+ range that is a hefty markup for what they offer. A long inner-tube of pvc with cordura cover?? I would bet they're cost is below $50/kushion.

Anyone out there have direct input from a similar manufacturing standpoint?

brianinpdx
01-26-2012, 10:37 PM
Funny you guys have found out about the Exile balls.

Funny inside story on these things... I was at a raft up party last year and saw a lot of guys using various methods of tie ups and thought, I wonder if we could take the disney idea up to the next level by making it a bit bigger, and thicker wall construction. Well, it was a pretty easy project. Presto, we got balls and guys seem to love's.

Anyone break one yet?

-Brian

carlsonwa
01-26-2012, 11:03 PM
Hull Kushions returned my email this evening. They quoted me $350 for a 9' model, pump, carry bag, Yikes! I am really surprised they want that much for such a each item of manufacturing. I like those Exile balls. Might have to order and try out

gotta_ski
01-27-2012, 02:42 AM
Sodar where do you get those covers you had the pic of?

nauti-dreamer
01-27-2012, 10:36 AM
Does anyone haver pictures of the exile balls in use for a boat tie-up or docking?

TKWakeboarder
01-27-2012, 11:06 AM
I use 18" dia. pill shaped bouys and they work great. Tie em up and forget about them all day. However, does anyone use any covers for them? I noticed this past year that my sidewall has a few scuffs on it from the bumpers.

Tim2ski
01-27-2012, 05:57 PM
I was wondering about the covers also. The regular buoys tend to scratch or scuff up my decals.

swatguy
01-27-2012, 10:33 PM
Funny you guys have found out about the Exile balls.

Funny inside story on these things... I was at a raft up party last year and saw a lot of guys using various methods of tie ups and thought, I wonder if we could take the disney idea up to the next level by making it a bit bigger, and thicker wall construction. Well, it was a pretty easy project. Presto, we got balls and guys seem to love's.

Anyone break one yet?

-Brian

Ha Yup See your balls everywhere. HAHAHAHAH! Have never had one fail.

Sodar
01-28-2012, 11:28 AM
Sodar where do you get those covers you had the pic of?

http://www.mecoastmarine.com/

Bit expensive, but have seen them last years hanging off big boat docked outside 24/7...

They are very soft and great quality.

brianinpdx
01-28-2012, 02:40 PM
Nauti - I believe there are pictures of the Exile buoys on the product page on the product page of the exile site as posted above in someones msg. They don't scratch or need covers. They are not the most glamourous solution but fill up quick and store real easy.

cheers
-brian

BrooksfamX2
01-28-2012, 09:10 PM
We just use the standard fenders, but heres something else.......
Dock Torpedos

http://www.myboatsgear.com/mbg/product.asp?prodID=1854

curtish
01-29-2012, 04:47 PM
How do the Exile fenders inflate? Do you need a "needle" like for a basketball, or something else?

brianinpdx
01-30-2012, 05:52 PM
Curt - most guys keep a small 12V pump on board. but you can use a hand pump. doesn't require a needle per say.

nauti-dreamer
01-30-2012, 10:34 PM
We just use the standard fenders, but heres something else.......
Dock Torpedos

http://www.myboatsgear.com/mbg/product.asp?prodID=1854

That's just as expensive as the Hull Kushion.

BrooksfamX2
01-31-2012, 12:06 AM
ya, but the sound cooler......

timvan
01-31-2012, 10:15 AM
I was thinking about trying these along with standard fenders :

http://www.amazon.com/Kwik-Tek-HH-L-Hull-Large/dp/B00020XPEG/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1328022910&sr=8-4

ntidsl
01-31-2012, 11:32 AM
MasterCraft need to get the hippity hops made with their logo pronto...I'll take 4!!!

curtish
04-28-2012, 10:25 PM
We just got 2 of the hippity hops from Exile. They look pretty nice. Have yet to see how well they work.

GoinBoatin
05-30-2013, 11:15 PM
Do the exile buoy balls work with well with tieing up to other types of boats? Bajas, cats, runabouts? Also how well do they work with docking? I need something to handle the rough water at some of the docks on the ozarks. I need to order something tomorrow so I have them for my next trip.

willg
06-02-2013, 07:29 PM
storage is a little limited in my boat, but I keep 4 jet ski style fenders on board. They work pretty well if I am only tying up for a short while in calm water, and you can mount them almost anywhere. You probably need something bigger to raft, but I really like these:

http://www.amazon.com/Kwik-Tek-SB-4-Fenders-Black/dp/B0000DCMP9/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1370215651&sr=8-2&keywords=pwc+fender

Traxx822
06-02-2013, 07:42 PM
I'm constantly getting made fun of by my go fast boat friends when I pull my fenders out. They always say, here use a real fender and hand me some monstrosity. I always respond, where do you suggest I put that in my boat. Lol

I use fenders from bass pro shops. Cheap, and they work. I have one I tie up to a leg of.the tower on a short rope and another for the rear that's pre roped to length to hang of the rear cleat. I keep them along with my hangers in the built in cooler. (My cooler is in the floor)

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