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Top 5 mistakes boat owners make with inflatable fenders.

At SeaBreeze, we are passionate about making every boating experience as safe and comfortable as possible. Now we focus on inflatable HDPVC fenders, an indispensable part of your equipment, which protects the boat from damage and wear. Although these fenders are designed to withstand a lot, we often see some common mistakes boat owners make that can reduce the effectiveness and lifespan of the fenders. Let's explore these mistakes together so you can avoid them and keep your maritime adventures safe and worry-free.

1. Improper Inflation

One of the most critical aspects of using inflatable fenders is proper inflation. Too little air can cause the fenders to not offer adequate protection, while too much air can make them too stiff, which can also cause damage to both the fenders and the boat. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's inflation recommendations for optimal performance. SeaBreeze recommends pressure between 3-5psi.

Tip: Always use a pump with a pressure gauge to ensure correct air pressure, and adjust it according to temperature, as air expands and contracts with temperature changes.

2. Wrong Location

Knowing where and how to place your fenders is just as important as choosing the right type. Positioning too low can cause fenders to slide under the dock and not provide protection where you need it most. Too high, and you risk exposing the hull to unnecessary wear and tear.

Tip: Adjust the height of the fenders so that they absorb shock and pressure at the most critical points of contact between the boat and the dock or another boat.

3. Ignore Maintenance

Although inflatable fenders are built to last, they require regular maintenance to ensure they stay in top condition. Without regular cleaning, dirt, salt and algae can build up, which can potentially weaken the material over time.

Tip: Clean fenders regularly with mild soap and water, and check regularly for signs of wear or damage. This will not only extend the service life, but also maintain the good appearance of the fenders.

4. Use of Unsuitable lashing lines

How you attach the fenders to your boat can have a big impact on their effectiveness. Using unsuitable or bad fender lines can cause fenders to loosen and float away, when you need them most.

Tip: Invest in quality lines and make sure they are attached correctly. You may also want to learn some basic knots to ensure your fenders stay in place in all conditions.

5. Wrong Type or Size of Fender for the Boat

Not all fenders are created equal, and choosing the wrong type or size for your boat can significantly reduce its effectiveness. A fender that is too small will not offer adequate protection, while one that is too large can be difficult to handle and store.

Tip: Consider your boat's size, weight and where you usually moor when choosing fenders. When in doubt, consult with an expert to find the perfect balance between protection and practicality.

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