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jps120 06-27-2015 11:39 AM

Exile bumper balls
 
I was looking at getting the exile bumper balls. Right now I have two regular bumpers but they don't provide enough distance between boats and they tend to ride up. For those that use these are two enough or do you still use the term regular bumpers with them? Are they a pain to blow up?

jdiaz78 06-27-2015 1:03 PM

They work great, but I just keep them blown up to save time. You don't need to use other bumpers.

BaadLS1 06-27-2015 1:48 PM

Can be blown up by mouth, take about a minute each. I am getting something to temporarily tie them together and hang them on the tower when not in use. Not sure what the fill port is called, but it is not valved.

trayson 06-29-2015 9:48 AM

I use 3 bouy balls on a side. I have a loop of nylon webbing with a plastic buckle so that I can clip them around a tower leg or on a cleat. When not in use, I'll either throw them in the locker or I'll actually clip them to the side of the tower and "let my balls hang".

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-W...0/GOPR0529.JPG

Or on my last boat, looking like DeadMau5:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-7...628_105151.jpg

They are the best and I don't even bother using the regular fenders anymore. they work really good in tieups too.

It's pretty easy to inflate/deflate them using the 12v coleman air pump that I would use to inflate a tube.

tyler97217 06-29-2015 10:18 AM

These bumpers are a no brainer. As others have said they are easy and protect your boat much better. I think the best reason is they do not scuff your colored gel coat like normal bumpers do either. We have used them for years and would not use anything else. You can blow up by mouth, with a small hand pump or if you want to get them big you can use an air compressor, but not necessary.

sidekicknicholas 06-29-2015 11:10 AM

Is there any big difference between the EXile (boat ones) vs. something like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Hedstrom-55-14...cy+ball+handle

jhartt3 06-29-2015 11:15 AM

nick there is a group buy over on the Bucrew right now for boatballz

sidekicknicholas 06-29-2015 11:39 AM

This thread just made me realize I don't have any, but wouldn't mind some for this weekend... figured if its all the same, might as well just grab two from walmart to get me through any weekend chaos that maybe present.

ottog1979 06-29-2015 11:41 AM

Nick, NO difference. I bought some internet toy bouncy balls for similar price 5-6 years ago to match the color of my boat (yellow). They still work great.

augie_09 06-29-2015 2:04 PM

10 breaths to blow one up.

Exile is also sponsoring our Wake the World event in KC, good peeps.

I think Exile said theirs are thicker material than the average bounce ball.

trayson 06-29-2015 2:13 PM

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Originally Posted by augie_09 (Post 1914902)

I think Exile said theirs are thicker material than the average bounce ball.

This is my understanding as well. I've heard of people popping the hippity hops, but not the exile ones. They take some abuse, I can attest to that.

Plus, I get to ask people to hand me "my big black balls". Or I get to tell people that I'm hanging my balls from the tower. And so on. Yes, I'm easily amused.

jps120 06-29-2015 3:21 PM

i ordered 2 and they were $20 each. i thought that wasnt bad plus that is cheaper than normal bumpers at the dealer or west marine. Trayson i like the idea of the nylon strap with a buckle. makes connecting and adjusting them easy. Ropes seem to confuse my wife.

trayson 06-29-2015 3:24 PM

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Originally Posted by jps120 (Post 1914911)
i ordered 2 and they were $20 each. i thought that wasnt bad plus that is cheaper than normal bumpers at the dealer or west marine. Trayson i like the idea of the nylon strap with a buckle. makes connecting and adjusting them easy. Ropes seem to confuse my wife.

Works great. just don't leave them connected when you motor on to the trailer (snapped a couple buckles that way). Also, mine as just loops of webbing with buckles and some people don't grasp that they aren't attached to the bouy ball loops so I've had balls go floating in the river as they grapped the strap, unbuckled, and expected the ball to come with...

But overall it works great. and with the nylon webbing straps and buckles, I can adjust it down to a small diameter to 'strap my balls on the tower'.

Cabledog 06-29-2015 4:48 PM

Tim's balls are awesome!!!. Lol. I bought 2 and then had 2 more show up in a swag package Exile sent with some stereo gear I bought. They are so much better than regular bumpers. Our kids like to use them as hippity hops on the dock too. Definitely a thicker mil or two on the Exiles. They are brilliant, surprised more don't have them, must be locked down in a patent.

brianinpdx 06-29-2015 5:47 PM

Our balls are pretty straight forward and a little more robust than others floating around out there. The Exile balls won't scuff your gel coat. period. And they blow up to 18".

You can have your girl blow them up...

http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/...pskla0jsci.jpg

Or use a 12V pump. Takes about 10 secs. Either way, they will protect your boat at the next tie up. Two will do the trick. 3 will protect your forks. I usually just jam one in to be safe.

http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/...pskdvcgqes.jpg

David Williams had a cool video of his kids using them for a gang fight.. That was pretty cool too.

-Brian

milehigh 06-30-2015 6:36 PM

Love my big black balls! Lol I keep two inflated in my locker and have 2 more that can be blown up in a matter of seconds for a tie up.

Cabledog 07-01-2015 10:55 AM

My apologies Brian. I mistakenly said Tim when referencing your balls. I shouldn't post hung over...

brianinpdx 07-02-2015 8:29 AM

@Darrin - no worries!

Speaking of hung over, be carefu out there this 4th of July. Lots of crazy boaters on the water tied up with bumper balls. haha!

srock 07-02-2015 8:54 AM

I'm going to get me some...

trayson 07-02-2015 9:56 AM

Agreed. I keep 3 bouy balls inflated and keep ANOTHER 3 deflated in my boat for tieups. Having 3 on each side for a tieup is a lot of piece of mind.

Watch for Exile sales, group buys, etc. I won a few last year at a raffle!


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