Three Types Of Bumpers To Install On Your Dock

Posted on: 21 September 2019

When you're having a new dock installed on your property, you'll want to give a lot of thought to the size of the dock, its shape, and even the material from which it's made. There are many different approaches that you can take when it comes to dock construction, but once it's installed, there are some important tasks that you can take on. One important addition to any dock is to add bumpers to its edges. These durable, rubber pieces will prevent the edges of the dock — likely made of wood or aluminum — from scratching the hulls of the boats that pull up against it. Here are three types of bumpers that you should install.

Flat Areas

You'll definitely want to install bumpers along any of the flat edges of the dock. While you don't need to worry about bumpers where the dock meets your yard, anything above where the water is deep enough to accommodate a boat will need to be covered with bumpers. Some dock owners make the mistake of only putting bumpers along the long edges of the dock. It's also a good idea to provide this protection across the end of the dock for the times that a boat may pull up to this area — for example, a neighbor pulling up to the dock to drop someone off.


The sharp corner of a dock can pose a threat to any boater who is attempting to moor his or her vessel to the dock — including you. If any boater were to make contact with one of the dock's corners, which is easier than you might think when the water conditions are rough, the corner could scratch or dent the hull. Fortunately, you can find bumpers that are "L" shaped and designed to mount around the corners. These bumpers will dramatically decrease the risk of damage to your boat and the boats of friends.


Some docks are flat across the top, while others have elevated posts that stick out from the dock's surface. These posts can be handy for mooring boats, but you want to ensure that a boat doesn't get damaged if it makes contact with a post. Obviously, this is more of a risk for a boat that is taller off the water, as a smaller boat is usually below the surface of the dock. You can buy specialty bumpers that wrap around your posts to cushion them.