Guide to Boat Dock Bumpers: Protect Your Boat Like a Pro

A Kemimoto inflatable boat dock bumper on the beach-1

If you’ve ever cringed at the sound of your boat scraping against the dock, you know how vital dock bumpers are. These unsung heroes protect both your dock and your boat from unwanted dings and scratches. 

In this blog, we will cover all the essentials of boat dock bumpers. We'll help you figure out how to pick the right ones, highlight the top 4 boat dock bumpers from Kemimoto, and show you exactly how to install them. 

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Why You Need Boat Dock Bumpers

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of choosing and installing boat dock bumpers, let's talk about why they’re so important. Think about this: after a fantastic day out on the water, you’re coming back to dock your boat. A sudden wave comes, and bam! Your beautiful boat hits the dock. Ouch, right? That’s where dock bumpers come in—they act as a cushion, absorbing the impact and protecting both your boat and dock.

How to Choose Boat Dock Bumpers?

A Kemimoto’s flat EVA boat bumper

With so many options available, picking the right dock bumpers might seem overwhelming. Here's a guide to help you make the best choice:

1. Material Matters

Dock bumpers come in various materials, such as vinyl, rubber, and foam. Vinyl is durable and UV-resistant, making it ideal for sunny locales. Rubber offers excellent shock absorption but can be more expensive. Meanwhile, EVA foam bumpers are the real MVPs with their excellent UV protection and resistance to acid-alkali and chemicals.

2. Size and Shape

Consider the size and shape of your dock and boat when choosing bumpers. Larger boats usually require larger or more robust bumpers. There are different shapes, like cylindrical, flat, and corner bumpers. Cylindrical bumpers are great for posts, while flat ones work well for the sides of docks. Corner bumpers are awesome for the edges and corners of the docks, offering extra padding where boats tend to hit.

3. Mounting Style

You can choose between permanent and removable bumpers. Permanent bumpers are bolted or screwed into place, offering long-term protection. Removable bumpers attach with ropes, hooks, or clips, allowing flexibility if you need to move them around.

4. Budget and Brand

While it’s tempting to go for the cheapest option, investing in quality bumpers from reputable brands will save you money in the long run by better protecting your boat and dock.

4 Boat Dock Bumpers from Kemimoto

When it comes to protecting your boat and dock, Kemimoto has got you covered with a range of high-quality bumpers. Let's take a quick look at four of our best offerings:

1. Boat Dock Bumper Wheel for Straight or Corner Mount 

Boat Dock Bumper Wheel

These wheel bumpers are crafted from tough, no-inflation-needed EVA foam, outlasting traditional bumpers and saving you from leaks. The high-density EVA offers superior impact and fade resistance, protecting your boat like a champ. 

You can mount these versatile bumpers straight or around corners, ensuring smooth docking even in choppy waters. The wheel design effortlessly rolls your boat into place, minimizing any potential scrapes.

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2. Flat EVA Foam Boat Fenders Bumpers

Flat EVA Foam Boat Fenders

These boat bumpers are also crafted from UV-resistant, lightweight yet durable EVA foam. They’re perfect for bass boats, pontoon boats, ski boats, and Jon boats. Thanks to their flat design, they stay in place and won’t roll around, giving your boat excellent protection. The reinforced nylon ropes and fixed buckles add extra durability, especially when the weather turns nasty and the waves start kicking up. just attach them to your boat or dock and you’re all set! 

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3. Splicing EVA Boat Fenders with Lock Design 

Splicing EVA Boat Fenders

With their splicing design, these EVA boat dock bumpers let you connect multiple fenders seamlessly, creating a custom-fit barrier tailored to your boat’s freeboard. They do a fantastic job of spreading out impact evenly, giving your vessels excellent protection. These Splicing EVA boat bumpers are great for all sorts of boats—whether you've got a bass boat, pontoon boat, ski boat, Jon boat, small fishing vessel, or a bow rider with a low freeboard.

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4. 4pcs Inflatable Boat Fender Bumpers

Inflatable Boat Fender Bumpers

Inflatable bumpers are super practical and versatile. Take this set of four inflatable boat fenders from Kemimoto—perfect for boats between 15 to 35 feet. They're easy to inflate, deflate, and store, making them a superb choice if you value convenience without compromising on protection. Got a speedboat, small fishing boat, or day cruiser? These bumpers are ready to go in a flash.

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How to Install Kemimoto Boat Dock Bumpers?

Installing dock bumpers is easier than you might imagine. Check out the installation diagrams and videos, and follow these simple steps to get started:

1. Steps to Install a Boat Dock Bumper Wheel

Steps to Install a Boat Dock Bumper Wheel

2. Steps to Install Flat Boat Fender Bumpers

3. Steps to Install Splicing EVA Boat Fenders

4. Steps to Install 4pcs Inflatable Boat Fender Bumpers

Steps to Install 4pcs Inflatable Boat Fender Bumpers

Final Thoughts

So there you have it! Whether you're new to boating or a seasoned sailor, having the right dock bumpers will bring peace of mind and ensure your time on the water remains enjoyable. By investing in quality bumpers from Kemimoto, you’re ensuring that your boat and dock stay in pristine condition for many adventures to come.

Remember, choosing the right material, size, shape, and mounting style are key factors in finding the perfect bumpers for your needs. And don’t worry—installing them is easier than it sounds, especially with our handy diagrams and videos.

Ready to get started? Check out our top picks and installation guides, and give your boat the protection it deserves. 

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