Dock guards (or dock bumpers) are vital for protecting a boat from impact of hitting a dock. A guard is shock-absorbent and prevents damage caused by cruising into the dock too quickly or making a mistake when anchoring. Tires are sometimes used as makeshift dock guards but are not suitable for all boats.
Best Dock Guards
Here are our dock guard reviews.
The Taylor Made Products Dock Side Guard is suitable for protecting all sizes of boats and docks. The guard is 10ft long and built to withstand significant impact if required.
- Made from quality marine grade resins
- Commercial grade double molded for extra support
- Made from 85 % recycled materials
The Dimex Easy Flex Dock Edging is quick and easy to install to your dock. 16 ft of roll is included so the guard is perfect for covering a large area of dock. It is easy to manipulate to fit different shapes if needed.
- Commercial grade P-shape design with double cavity for added strength
- Flat back and ledge top fits on all horizontal surfaces
- Made with pigmented plastic for no color transfer onto boat
The Dock Edge + Inco Premium Dock Bumper is a versatile dock guard which can fit onto either flat or curved surfaces. Its curved profile makes piling mounts easy, and it comes in a variety of colors and sizes to suit the dock.
- UV inhibitors molded in
- Premium marine grade PVC
- Fungicides for enhanced preservation
The Attwood Corner Dock Fender is ideal for covering corner areas of a dock and protecting the boat from collisions when pulling in. It is available in three styles depending on the shape of the dock.
- Universal fit
- Angled corner, round corner or slide on post available
- 11.5 x 11.5 x 4.5 inches in dimension
The Dock Edge PVC Protech is a durable dock guard. The guard is made to withstand heavy impact and so is suitable for a variety of boat sizes. It is available as a 16 inch corner piece or 12 inch straight piece.
- Internal molded in ribs for added strength
- Recessed mounting holes – no bolts exposed
- Rounded edges for easy object deflection
Dock Guard Buyer’s Guide
Choosing a dock guard that can withstand the impact of your boat is a necessity. With prices ranging from $20 – £100 there is a lot of varying quality on the market. It is worth investing in a good quality dock guard to provide maximum protection to your dock and your boat. It also protects your dock from potential mistakes made by other boaters. Accidents happen, so it is wise to limit the damage.
Our buying guide reviews the best dock guards on the market allowing you to choose the right dock guard for your boating needs. The following features are included on most dock guards and will help you to choose which features are appropriate for your dock.
Dock guards are made from a variety of materials. The cheaper options may be suitable if you have a smaller boat. These are usually made of plastic and will protect your boat from scratches and dock rash. Thick padded dock guards provide a good level of protection and are made from UV and tear resistant polyester which will last for years. More expensive options use high density, closed cell foam which is great for protecting larger boats from wear and tear.
The shape of the dock guard you need will depend on the logistics of your dock. If you are likely to hit the corner of your dock, a corner fitted guard would be a good idea. Hitting corners is one of the easiest ways to damage your boat especially in high winds. Post dock guards may be necessary if you are navigating slips against a strong current. Lay flat bumpers are less visible and less likely to interfere with lines or cleats.
Dock guards come in varying sizes to suit the measurements of your dock. It is important to leave a little give and take when measuring the dock finger, to ensure that you have enough edging to cover the length of your boat and minimize risk of damage.