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slalomjunkie
04-24-2017, 12:14 PM
Would like to start a discussion on dock bumpers... Where can I purchase bumpers on the cheap without getting cheap cr-p?

If you have a dock, can you post a pic of the bumpers? Specifically, corners, sides, and bow. Would like to see your install, and the type of bumper and your opinion of it.

I just ordered this, but I also need to think about something for the bow and I want to set up the end of the dock for other boats to pull up and park.

https://m.costco.com/AMP-Marine-Bumper-6-pack.product.100228650.html?catalogId=10701&langId=-1&storeId=10301&krypto=Zhoj2ajRXps6PwOA7u9ecoUum%2FBGsh3aAVUTHxuEg CVJr7qVZVZ%2FL7YCn6phRRfAushlulYm%2B0%2FA%0Aj0%2Fo z%2B116P5l4VnrvQRcosJgfOhHFV5jjgV6aFyU6HUkaKEj77WG

All of these bumpers I find very pricey with the exception of the costco kit - anyone have them?

Thanks Guys

04 Star Rider
04-24-2017, 12:19 PM
Not sure if it falls into the crap category or not, but I lined my dock with carpet covered boards

slalomjunkie
04-24-2017, 12:37 PM
Not sure if it falls into the crap category or not, but I lined my dock with carpet covered boards

Thanks, I don't think that's crap at all. Pressure treated boards are pricey, then adding marine carpet and hardware. I think that would be too heavy for my application. I have composite deck and sides. Yes, I could go through to the wood, but prefer an application that would utilize smaller (thinner) screws

Jwgredeux
04-24-2017, 12:45 PM
I don't have the costco set you linked, but I have seen them in person at the store and they felt ok. I've seen all kinds of things on docks. Personally, I don't care for the rubber/plastic permanent application because of how much stuff builds up on it (mold, mildew etc...). Because it will leave dirty streaks on any boat that touches it.

On our dock we try to have ample places to tie up to and have extra bumpers for anyone that needs to borrow.

LDA6339
04-24-2017, 12:59 PM
I'll take some pictures of what we use when I'm out today. Essentially there's two that have a 90 degrees corner built them that we use on the ends, and then a big one up front that stops that nose.

X7Dave
04-24-2017, 01:19 PM
Any bumper system that contacts the gelcoat isprobably undesirable, especially if you are going to tie up to it for any length of time.
I finally splurged and bought veritcal bumpers that will contact the rub rails instead.

http://www.marinedocklift.com/xVD/vertical_bumper.jpg

I got the last vertically adjustable ones Dwight had. I am glad - because the welded ones don't give you a lot of flexibility with dock height variability. I am happy with them. Note these particular ones were specifically for the Voyager system. I had to modify the mounting brackets to fit my older dock. Not too tough, but annoying.

As far as wanting smaller screws - be careful what you ask for... I only had to drill 8 3/8 (?) inch holes through aluminum dock call section. I feel they are pretty solid. Small screw would risk tearing out and damaging dock and boat. IMHO

As far

2RLAKE
04-24-2017, 01:26 PM
I use 24" plastic numbers that are secured with sheet metal screws to vertical 2" square metal posts ... they work very well and do not mark the rub rail

slalomjunkie
04-24-2017, 01:58 PM
I have two white bumpers the previous owner left behind. I bought four 4" galvanized lag bolts and washers and I bolted the bumpers to the dock. The top Ĺ goes through composite trim and into the upright, and bottom part straight into the upright. Works much better than having them dangling (sorry no pics).

The bumper system is not for me by the way, it is for those times Mrs Slalom Junkie might try to park the boat. :D

My neighbors have the "wheel" bumpers set up at the opening of their dock. She hits both sides on the way in. lol... Slick install, but if there's nothing past that point, you'll end up just rolling into the sides of the slip, depending on driving skill. I parked their boat saturday and went straight in during a 15 mph south wind

wilhelmwake
04-24-2017, 02:22 PM
My dock fenders are excellent and they are Danfender brand. Their boat fenders as well as dock fenders are excellent. They are air filled and you can get them in dark blue or white color at least. the nice thing about these is that they make a perfect corber piece and you can add cushoning for really high docks by adding a boat fender to it that integrates to the dock fender.

http://www.danfender.com/SEEEMS/1623.asp

slalomjunkie
04-24-2017, 02:52 PM
http://www.danfender.com/SEEEMS/1623.asp"]http://www.danfender.com/SEEEMS1623.asp

The "T" design gives me a really good idea - thank you!

CottagerGreg
04-24-2017, 03:30 PM
We use Dock Edge "single P" trim around our dock to protect the boats. http://www.dockedge.com/products/list.asp?cat_id=premium_pvc

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k212/GTI2lo/Cottage%202017/20170423_155321_zpsowqjwhxa.jpg (http://s89.photobucket.com/user/GTI2lo/media/Cottage%202017/20170423_155321_zpsowqjwhxa.jpg.html)

slalomjunkie
04-24-2017, 04:24 PM
So re-visiting the costco option, it says they can customize the bumpers, but I do not see where you can do that...? :confused:

Edit: Thanks Greg. I like the coverage you have, i think that may be too high for me, not sure - need to measure height prior to ordering anything

moosehead
04-24-2017, 04:38 PM
Subscribed. Have been struggling to find something that looks functional and robust.

Really like the Danfenders posted by WilhelmWake and sent them an inquiry as to how to purchase in U.S.: http://www.danfender.com/uploads/MultiDock-guide(2).pdf

dtm8119
04-24-2017, 04:55 PM
I like the vertical style bumpers so they only touch the rub rail. I've got a truss style dock and use the 30" ones here...

http://www.great-lakes-marine.com/index_files/Page1675.htm

dmgimenez
04-24-2017, 05:45 PM
I bought the Costco ones. They do great for the money and also air up for more protection. Will try to find a pic 159814159815

Ben
04-24-2017, 06:21 PM
I would second vertical posts with something on it. 8' spacing is ideal but 10' can work too.

X7Dave
04-24-2017, 06:24 PM
if you have available vertical mounting surface you can use PVC pipe with end caps. drill some holes in the end caps for 3/4 galvanized pipe. run the pipe through and put 90 degree elbows on them then add some stubs and plates to mount to the dock posts (wood). Ensure they contact the rubrail.

CheeseSteak1
04-24-2017, 06:28 PM
My dock fenders are excellent and they are Danfender brand. Their boat fenders as well as dock fenders are excellent. They are air filled and you can get them in dark blue or white color at least. the nice thing about these is that they make a perfect corber piece and you can add cushoning for really high docks by adding a boat fender to it that integrates to the dock fender.

http://www.danfender.com/SEEEMS/1623.asp

Damn you!!! You just cost me $$$$

Silverdawg
04-24-2017, 08:59 PM
Just going with what the builder installed. Looks pretty good and we will see how it goes during the first few months with the boat in it....

HydroHoist offers some additional guards, but I think they are quite expensive.

osmonet
04-24-2017, 09:51 PM
Neighbor has these.

http://www.buyhewitt.com/dock-36-plastic-bumper-with/

He has them on stand-offs

AKralk83
04-25-2017, 12:24 AM
Most people in our boat club use a 2x4 or 2x6 wrapped in carpet, but we put pool noodle floats under the carpet for padding.


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LDA6339
04-25-2017, 12:29 AM
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The MC trailer guides we built on the lift, but the corner covers still help quit a bit

wilhelmwake
04-25-2017, 12:32 AM
The Dan-fender products are really really good and we have tested those now for 3 years already with my neighbours. They leave no scuff marks to the boat either or I have not at least been rough enough to leave any. But anyways I hope you can find them in the US and I am absolutely certain that you can as I have boat them in Europe but also bought their boat fenders from New Zealand while living there. Google it out guys....

slalomjunkie
04-25-2017, 11:08 AM
I bought the Costco ones. They do great for the money and also air up for more protection. Will try to find a pic 159814159815

We ordered the Costco kit last night. I have not measured the length of the slip but I think 2x47Ē on each side will do nicely. I will have to come up with another solution for the nose of the slip and probably the angled sides leading up to it.

if you have available vertical mounting surface you can use PVC pipe with end caps

Several folks have the PVC pipes, itís functional. Just donít like the way it looks (long term).

I would second vertical posts with something on it. 8' spacing is ideal but 10' can work too.

Iím thinking something vertical between the horizontal bumpers I will be installing.

Neighbor has these.

http://www.buyhewitt.com/dock-36-plastic-bumper-with/

He has them on stand-offs

Love the idea of sliding vertical bumpers. Lake level fluctuates about 1-2 feet during the year and at low level, the bumpers would be too high to be useful Ė thank you for the link. The online videos were lacking. I understand the concept of the slide, but could not tell how easy they were to adjust in the video.


Most people in our boat club use a 2x4 or 2x6 wrapped in carpet, but we put pool noodle floats under the carpet for padding.

Iím sure that works, but Iím trying to minimize holes in the composite trim

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The MC trailer guides we built on the lift, but the corner covers still help quit a bit

I am thinking about those guide posts, I could get them from the cradle company, I am still trying to decide on that.

epnault
04-25-2017, 11:29 AM
Don't go cheap. People have already thought about it and they are great designs already out there. Our boats aren't cheap and trying to shave a few bucks on bumpers makes no sense.

LDA6339
04-25-2017, 01:42 PM
Do not get the guide poles from the company that makes the boat lift. We originally had a set of those but the ones put on by our lift manufacturers were not at all sturdy. First time we came in crooked- both broke off from the lift and sunk. We built the ones you're looking at in the picture and have had much more success with them. I can take some pictures of our design when I'm out there this afternoon.


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CottagerGreg
04-25-2017, 01:48 PM
Do not get the guide poles from the company that makes the boat lift. We originally had a set of those but the ones put on by our lift manufacturers were not at all sturdy. First time we came in crooked- both broke off from the lift and sunk. We built the ones you're looking at in the picture and have had much more success with them. I can take some pictures of our design when I'm out there this afternoon.


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Yes ok please and thanks

Also any info on the underwater bracing of your dock fingers? How far down does it go?

slalomjunkie
04-25-2017, 02:07 PM
Do not get the guide poles from the company that makes the boat lift. We originally had a set of those but the ones put on by our lift manufacturers were not at all sturdy. First time we came in crooked- both broke off from the lift and sunk. We built the ones you're looking at in the picture and have had much more success with them. I can take some pictures of our design when I'm out there this afternoon.

Thanks, please do...

Yes ok please and thanks

Also any info on the underwater bracing of your dock fingers? How far down does it go?

I'd like to see the design on his adjustable vertical bumpers!

Mastercraftdave
04-25-2017, 02:40 PM
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The MC trailer guides we built on the lift, but the corner covers still help quit a bit



I just bought some of these corners and they work great.


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LDA6339
04-25-2017, 05:21 PM
Here come the pictures of our setup. First, what came with the lift. As you can see in the picture, the threads inside are not visible because the pole they used snapped right above the mount. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170425/025ed9983fbb3a6b9ccdda8a64707479.jpg

LDA6339
04-25-2017, 05:32 PM
Ignore the lights in all these pictures, they have been unplugged since my thread on TT warned me of the problems they could cause.
What we built was essentially a 2x6 at the front and back that was through bolted thru holes already on the lift, then a 2x6 connecting them. The way we mounted the actual pole was similar to what the boat lift guys did, but by having it mounted to the wood instead of on one bar on the lift it makes the poles much stronger. The one thing that helped the most though was the two struts running under the lift beds at the stern to connect the two guide poles. The reinforcements with the 3 2x6's stacked on top also help a bit. Outside the metal pole you see is the PVC pipe and then the guide pole covers that came off the trailer. Whenever we trailer (rarely) we just grab em off the lift and put em back on the trailer. The last picture is the back of the through bolts on the 2x6 thats bolted to the lifthttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170425/6264d39c72bb18e3c47a464af3f53a5d.jpg https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170425/2a830ef443bed81ed3e7eec62ada51d7.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170425/5117b613ccb7cc2ee152c6a89358efaa.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170425/3e27c886d929b83fc6eefd898f8d9b86.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170425/5235ca2917216d5cd9276eb69181feac.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170425/fbd481c7b169767a0c3bfcb50bb0c78f.jpg

LDA6339
04-25-2017, 05:35 PM
It appears the pictures are out of order and one got left out. I'm at the boat now using tapatalk so bear with me haha. The last thing would be, if you do install them and you come in crooked, make sure people grab the dock only and not the guide poles. They are strong enough to catch the boat but when people start pulling on it, I get nervous. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170425/ba963a705f41be196a3e939d21badbe8.jpg


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jjsaustin
04-25-2017, 06:53 PM
Here is what we have. Ours is a fixed dock, but the water level fluctuates +/- 6", so having a 18" talk bumper helps. Not sure why the second pic is upside down...

http://www.harborware.com/harborware-gas-dock-bumper-46x19-inch/#product-description

moosehead
04-26-2017, 10:56 PM
Contacted Danfender per WilhelmWake's referral earlier in the thread. They have a US representative, the larger horizontal Multi Dock units are $38 and the vertical 520 fenders are $17 each. The shipping from Denmark is expensive, so may make sense to just buy the Multi Dock units from Danfender and then get the more traditional fenders stateside. PM me if you want the US rep referral.

http://www.danfender.com/uploads/MultiDock-guide(2).pdf

Mastercraftdave
04-27-2017, 08:42 AM
Here is what we have. Ours is a fixed dock, but the water level fluctuates +/- 6", so having a 18" talk bumper helps. Not sure why the second pic is upside down...

http://www.harborware.com/harborware-gas-dock-bumper-46x19-inch/#product-description

Those don't look like they are soft fenders. It that some type of ABS plastic material?

Mastercraftdave
04-27-2017, 08:43 AM
Contacted Danfender per WilhelmWake's referral earlier in the thread. They have a US representative, the larger horizontal Multi Dock units are $38 and the vertical 520 fenders are $17 each. The shipping from Denmark is expensive, so may make sense to just buy the Multi Dock units from Danfender and then get the more traditional fenders stateside. PM me if you want the US rep referral.

http://www.danfender.com/uploads/MultiDock-guide(2).pdf

Im liking these. I need a few more inside my lift. These look like a great option.