Sizes and Dimensions
Choosing your set of fenders
With the following tips & guidelines we will help you on your way in choosing the perfect set of Rope Fenders for your boat.
First decide on which type you need. Will you go for the standard cylindrical shape, or are droplet shaped 'Danny' fenders the choice for you? After deciding on the type, establish the right size and the amount of fenders you need.
We will help you choose in 3 Steps. Let's get started!
The right type in the right size
Cylindrical shaped fenders:
The most commonly used fender is the cylindrical fender that has an eye on each side. You can hang in from your boat vertically (from one eye), or you can use two lines to suspend it horizontally. You can't go wrong with this model in terms of safety. However, as the diameter of the fenders increases, so does the length. If your boat lies relatively deep in the water, cylindrical fenders could hang in the water.
Fenders that hang in the water are a big no-no in terms of nautical etiquette ;) and it is bad for your fenders!
Droplet shaped 'Danny’ fenders:
If cylindrical fenders are too long for you boat, you can use Danny's. They are short, but have a relatively big diameter. They can offer the right amount of 'cushioning' without touching the water.
Step 1: Look up your size
Take a look at the table below to see which cylindrical fender size is recommended for your boat and consider its length. If it is too long for your boat, our Danny Fenders are the better choice for you.
Dimensions of our rope fenders in meters
Dimensions of our rope fenders in inches
Choosing the right number of fenders for your boat.
The amount of fenders needed depends on the length of the boat and the mooring conditions.
Step 2: Consider the length of your boat:
Generally speaking; the longer the boat, the more fenders you will need
There is a rule of thumb to determine the number of fenders a boat needs: Use one fender per 10’ / 3m of waterline, with a minimum of three fenders. So a 20' / 6m boat would need 3 fenders and a 40' / 12m boat would need 4. At least one fender must be placed at maximum beam, with others distributed fore and aft.
Step 3: Consider the mooring conditions
The amount of fenders you need also depends on where you moor. Do you need protection on both sides? This is the case when you moor in a ‘box’, or when you moor in location where a lot of boats pass you that can possibly cause damage.
Are you mooring in rough ocean conditions or do you moor in a quiet pond in your back yard. If mooring conditions are harsh you might consider fenders that are relatively bog for your boat.
Use common sense
Choosing fenders is not rocket science, and also not an exact science. The tips and guidelines on this page give a pretty good indication of what you need. However, you should keep using your common sense. If you think the conditions you moor in require an extra fender, or if you want to protect a specific part of your boat, you are probably right in doing so! Trust your gut feeling!
What fenders do similar boats use?
If you are in doubt about the model, size or number of fenders you need. You can always look at the fenders that boats similar to your boat are using. You can also give us a call.