The 10 Best Boat Fenders

This review has been updated 17 times since it was first published in January of 2016. You probably paid a reasonable amount of money for your boat, so it makes sense to protect it with a set of high-quality fenders. We’ve found center hole and two-eye models, as well as some innovative options, that will help to prevent dents and dings to your hull and rub-rail when docked, rafting up, or on a trailer, so your paint job stays in tiptop shape season after season. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the review.

Editor's Choices
Top 10 Boat Fenders

10. Mission Sentry

  • Aligns with a vessel's hull
  • Knot-free strap system
  • Intended for daytime use only

9. MSC Vinyl Ribbed

  • Even wall thickness throughout
  • Sturdy rope holds
  • Require periodic reinflating

8. Leader Accessories Ribbed Twin Eyes Four-Pack

  • Four colors and sizes to choose from
  • Marine-grade vinyl construction
  • Dark colors don't cause scuff marks

7. Kwik Tek Hull Hugr 1CB

  • Rip-proof marine-grade cover
  • Easy to stow in a locker
  • Best for light-duty use

6. Taylor Made Low Freeboard

  • Can be tied over cleats
  • Does a good job of absorbing impacts
  • Only available in two sizes

5. Extreme Max BoatTector Value Pack

  • High strength molded-in eyelets
  • Uv-resistant bodies
  • Integrated inflation valves

4. Polyform G Series

  • Suitable for permanent moorings
  • Available in more than 10 colors
  • Made in the united states

3. Taylor Made Big B

  • High-gloss finish
  • Doesn't get hard in cold weather
  • Molded ribs minimize rolling

2. Polyform HTM Series

  • Sturdy reinforced ends
  • Reliably puncture resistant
  • Ship preinflated

1. Norestar Ribbed Four-Pack

  • Can stand up to constant uv exposure
  • Pressure is adjustable
  • Hang vertically or horizontally

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