Just for a minute, think about how careful you are when you are docking and undocking your boat. If you’re docking or undocking in your own dock, of course you are being very careful not to damage your own boat or your own dock. Otherwise, if you are not maneuvering at your dock you are being very careful not to damage your boat, right? Most of us enjoy our own property for any number of reasons. As careful as you are, how many times have you bumped or rubbed your dock pilings? No matter how careful you are there are several uncontrollable factors, like the wind, rain and the tide, that make a difference in how your boat reacts and moves.
While our main reason for applying dock protection is to protect our own property, we have to think about harm that could occur as other boaters come and go from your dock. You have more experience coming and going in your environment and you know how the exterior components will affect it. Others may not have that expertise or knowledge.
Dock bumpers can provide protection against these bumps and dings which are nearly unavoidable once the water gets rough, and can save you those potential costly repair expenses.
Dock bumpers are lightweight, flexible, and may be placed on multiple areas of the dock. The most useful are the ones which get attached right to a pier’s borders and run parallel to the side of a ship when it is docked, but you might also choose to install corner bumpers and post bumpers that correct to articles and roof columns for increased safety. As an additional bonus, installation is easy and they are normally resistant to fungi, so once they’re attached you won’t need to spend much time worrying about them.
1 thing that you ought to think about 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, resulting in harm to your dock. It pays in the long run to pay the extra costs in the beginning as opposed to replacing it later.
You’ll also need to be sure you by durable, sturdy protective bumpers. Your pier protectors will be long-lasting if you ensure that the item is reliable to begin with.
Dock bumpers also come in various colors. You’ll want to compare products and choose a product that won’t just be sturdy and hold up in the outside elements, but one that also enhances your dock appearance and your recreational or outdoor area.
1. Take measurements of the pier. Use these measurements when purchasing your dock bumper.
2. Determine the height. Position the boat alongside the dock and assess the height of where the dock bumper ought to be placed. Put the bumper at the right height to be sure the boat does not just slide beneath the bumper when docking.
3. Install mounting bracket and hardware using the measurements determined in step two and according to the directions. Use the cordless drill and the level to mount the bumper mounting bracket.
4. Install the bumper. Slide the bumper onto the mounting bracket and be sure 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.