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Old    Aaron Douglas (suprafly08)      Join Date: Dec 2008       08-15-2017, 7:12 AM Reply   
I'm inclined to buy the Hull Hugger style fenders due to less bulk in the storage spaces in my boat.

But I'm also inclined to think the traditional round fenders can stand up to more abuse against a dock.

Your thoughts and experiences?

I'm not on a really busy lake, but we will get rollers like anyone and the boats can really get rocking against the docks from time to time...
Old    Nathan Gort (TNwakeboarder86)      Join Date: Sep 2016       08-15-2017, 7:27 AM Reply   
is it your own dock?
Old    Aaron Douglas (suprafly08)      Join Date: Dec 2008       08-15-2017, 7:38 AM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by TNwakeboarder86 View Post
is it your own dock?


No. I have a lift.

Just a few hours at a friends place, lashed up with other boats, or stopping at our gas dock filling up and grabbing some drinks....
Old    doug rose (dougr)      Join Date: Dec 2009       08-15-2017, 7:57 AM Reply   
buy a bunch of exile round, bouncy balls. they come in black and won't make a scratch no matter what. Plus you can make them huge or small. Fill them and they never break. I use mine all year long. best 20 bucks i have ever spent. The kids bouncy balls are the same, but you cant find black. truly the best option
Old    Nathan Gort (TNwakeboarder86)      Join Date: Sep 2016       08-15-2017, 8:04 AM Reply   
that's a tough one then, I wouldn't use the hull fit ones. We use the bigger ones. Especially if your out in the middle of the lake and its a little wave you never know who you might rub against. On our dock, which I guess you can do to your friends. We added the fire hose all around it to protect the boat from the dock, then we fixed fenders on it for good, that way we didn't have to carry the fenders. I mean its not our dock but its the dock we use.
Old    Aaron Douglas (suprafly08)      Join Date: Dec 2008       08-15-2017, 8:05 AM Reply   
It seems to me the exile balls would roll around too much. They could even roll up above the rub rail leaving exposed boat...

Has this not been the case for you?

I'll potentially be leaving my boat unattended for a few hours. If I were staying on the boat I'd be more comfortable with those.
Old    doug rose (dougr)      Join Date: Dec 2009       08-15-2017, 9:47 AM Reply   
they hang and never roll up. they can be made so big its like the size of a cabin cruiser bumper and they are soft, not a scratch I use them all year long, boat in the water at the dock and when we tie up. they empty in seconds and I can store 8 of them in a shoe box size bag. then just pump them up with a tube pump. simple. i may have pics. i only use 2 on a fs44 thats against the dock. so the wake is coming into the boat, pushing the boat into the dock all day long, not a single scratch. they are amazing.
Old    doug rose (dougr)      Join Date: Dec 2009       08-15-2017, 9:49 AM Reply   
all the harder material bumpers destroy the gel coat, they things truly rock. I have had many boats over the last 10 years, and will never use a different bumper over these.
Old    doug rose (dougr)      Join Date: Dec 2009       08-15-2017, 10:04 AM Reply   
i hang them when out on the water, if you don't want to pull the air plug
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Old    Mason Obray (MCObray)      Join Date: Mar 2013       08-15-2017, 12:41 PM Reply   
I religiously use the Exile Buoy Ball Fender(s). Don't get much better than those!
Old    Mark (Giddyup)      Join Date: Aug 2011       08-15-2017, 6:23 PM Reply   
exile balls for sure or go to toys are us and buy the bounce balls, i have a set of red ones , cheap and the best protection
Old    Brett Lee (BrettLee3232)      Join Date: Feb 2015       08-16-2017, 1:35 AM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by dougr View Post
buy a bunch of exile round, bouncy balls. they come in black and won't make a scratch no matter what. Plus you can make them huge or small. Fill them and they never break. I use mine all year long. best 20 bucks i have ever spent. The kids bouncy balls are the same, but you cant find black. truly the best option


Although I love my Exile balls, they can break. My daughter decided to throw one over the side for me (while the wife was backing off the trailer & the ball got caught between the guide pole and the boat. Popped the handle off. Haha

But they are great, don't take long at all to blow one up. Probably just as long if you brought out a pump and plugged it in.

#bumpyourtunesnotmyboat
Old    Ryan Stover (onetogofast)      Join Date: Jun 2012       08-16-2017, 6:36 AM Reply   
Hydrofender skull heads!
Old    murph (smuurph84)      Join Date: Oct 2008       08-16-2017, 8:49 AM Reply   
my neighbor sold me one of these that I keep it at the dock works great, especially for new people who ride the jetskis. he keeps one in his boat and it blows up in seconds.

bigbumpercompany.com
Old    Vee Drive (rexlex01)      Join Date: Mar 2010       08-16-2017, 10:39 PM Reply   
+1 for the Exile balls

Limited supply of Exile buoys with new artwork left in stock - http://exileaudio.com/store/install-...s/add-ons.html

Last edited by rexlex01; 08-16-2017 at 10:42 PM.
Old    Rob Fullerton (Gotmods)      Join Date: Nov 2012       08-16-2017, 10:59 PM Reply   
But do they have the same surface area as hippity hops? Has anyone confirmed the specs?
Old    Trayson Harmon (trayson)      Join Date: May 2013       08-17-2017, 9:53 AM Reply   
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But do they have the same surface area as hippity hops? Has anyone confirmed the specs?
The hippity hops are a thinner rubber. I like my exile balls and wouldn't use anything else. I have been tied up to a dock and had such big rollers come by (we have tug/barge traffic on the Columbia river) that with a lesser product I would have had gelcoat damage for sure.

This is from Brian at Exile:

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The Exile balls are built at the same place as the Disney ones. We modified them a bit to work with boats a better. They are 7mill thicker, and 2" bigger. We went to a thicker sidewall a few years back when we saw people popping the disney ones.

all in all, any of these hip balls will work good and not scuff your boat.

-Brian @ Exile
Here's a pic using way more than I need, LOL:


You can always throw them up on the tower if you don't wanna deflate them.
Old    A.J. West (you_da_man)      Join Date: Sep 2009       08-17-2017, 11:00 AM Reply   
I've had the same 4 Exile fender balls for about 4-5 years and I've honest to God never added more air to them since the first time I blew them up. I use them every time the boat gets on the water
Old     (formulaben)      Join Date: Sep 2012       08-18-2017, 12:10 PM Reply   
What is that at the bottom of the picture, in front of the right windshield? XM antenna?
Old    Ian Spencer (Xbigpun66)      Join Date: Aug 2016       08-18-2017, 6:09 PM Reply   
That is an air intake cover
Old    Dusty (dusty2221)      Join Date: Mar 2010       08-18-2017, 9:05 PM Reply   
The second picture, not the first.
Old    Brian Garrett (beg4wake)      Join Date: Aug 2012       08-22-2017, 2:13 PM Reply   
+1 for Exile!! LOVE mine! And the G has ample storage so I always keep 3 inflated on the ready. Will NEVER use traditional bouy's again!
Old    Mike Collins (xstreamws)      Join Date: May 2009       08-23-2017, 1:54 AM Reply   
+ 1 for Exile here as well! 100% agree with @beg4wake says.. We keep them inflated in our G23 ready to use 3 at any time.
Old    Raffi Tavoukjian (Raffit78)      Join Date: Jun 2014       09-01-2017, 4:52 AM Reply   
Sorry for my ignorance, I just purchased some of these exile buoys and blew one up manually. Little hard to get very stiff as you can't pinch the buoys after a while. Are these ok when they are "squishy" or should they be very stiff and therefore use a pump.
Old    Ryan (rlwagens)      Join Date: Feb 2008       09-01-2017, 7:45 AM Reply   
I've had mine for 3 years and I just blow them up manually. They remain a little squishy and have lasted just find. Help absorb some of the shock too if big rollers come in.
Old    Diggs (pdxWAKE) (tyler97217)      Join Date: Aug 2004       09-01-2017, 8:06 AM Reply   
No brainer....
Cheaper than regular bumpers.
They don't scratch your boat like regular bumpers.
Keep your boat further away from the dock or other boat.
You can fill or empty them for storage as needed.

Just attach 4'-5' of rope to each handle and you are good to use to tie to your cleat and enough to tie to the next boat or dock.


http://exileaudio.com/store/install-...ll-fender.html
Old    Diggs (pdxWAKE) (tyler97217)      Join Date: Aug 2004       09-01-2017, 8:11 AM Reply   
Also if you want to fill them really full just use your pump that you might have on board for your tube. If you have a good pump you can fill them real big.

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