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Boating Product Help Guides

Boat Cover Help Guide

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▸ What is the Difference between Boat Cover Styles?

▾ What is the Difference between Boat Cover Styles?

Custom Fit:
Custom boat covers are made for a specific boat
  • Provides an exact fit for your specific make and model of boat
  • Excellent option for towing on a trailer
Semi-Custom Fit:
Semi-custom boat covers fit a certain style of boat
  • Can fit multiple boats of the same style
  • Great option for towing on a trailer when properly secured
Universal Fit:
Universal covers fit several styles of boats
  • Fits a variety of boats within a size range
  • Great storage option, not recommended for towing unless the fit is fairly tight

▸ Measuring for a Cover

▾ Measuring for a Cover

Step-By-Step
How to measure your boat for a boat cover
  1. You will need to know the centerline length (From tip to tail) and beam width (side to side at the widest point) of your boat.
  2. Measure the entire distance in a straight line without measuring up or around obstacles or by following the curve of the boat. Don't rely on an owner's manual for accurate measurements.
  3. Factor in the dimensions of any additional features that will affect the cover such as a trolling motor, center console, jack plate or aftermarket pulpit, anchor davit, or swim step.

If you have a swim step, measure just for the length of the step. You will add this length to the centerline length or keep it as a separate measurement for covers that fit the swim step.

▸ Fabric Ratings & Colors

▾ Fabric Ratings & Colors

Fabric Comparison Chart
Rated on scale of 1 (worst)- 5 (best)
Water Resistance UV Resistance Mildew Resistance Breathability Strength Colorfast Warranty (years)
Sunbrella 4 5 5 5 4 5 Carver: 7 Westland: 10
SunDura 5 5 5 3 4 5 7
Sharkskin Supreme 4 4 4 3 4 4 7
Poly-Guard 4 4 5 5 5 4 5
Mossy Oak® Camouflage 4 4 5 5 5 3 5
Sharkskin Plus 3 3 3 2 3 3 5
Poly-Flex 4 3 5 5 4 4 2
Double Duck 3 3 3 5 2 4 3
Sharkskin 2 2 2 1 2 2 3
Boat Duck 3 2 2 5 2 4 1
Best Cover Fabric by Climate
Cold & Dry Intense UV Hot & Dry Saltwater Humid
Sunbrella
SunDura
Sharkskin Supreme
Poly-Flex
Boat Duck
Double Duck
Poly-Guard
Sharkskin Plus
Sharkskin
Sharkskin Plus

▸ Cover Support Systems

▾ Cover Support Systems

Keep your boat cover from sagging and collecting damaging snow and water build up that can cause tearing, mold and mildew. Even fabrics recommended for humid environments will need extra ventilation.

Standard boat cover support pole Vented boat cover support pole Boat cover strap support system Hangtyte boat cover support system
Standard Support Pole Vented Support Pole Support Strap System Hangtyte System
Adjustable pole Grips the boat deck and cover via snaps or rubber caps Carver: 40"-70" Westland: 30"-57" Adjustable pole inserted to vents in the cover. Carver: 40"-70" Westland: 30"-57" Three-way strap supported by a single pole Support cover using the boat's tower with this clamshell, rope, and ratchet system
Ideal for wet weather Ideal for hot, humid weather Ideal for snowy weather Ideal for wet weather
Multiple poles required for covers over 14' long Two systems needed for boats over 28' in length Multiple systems may be used for larger boats

▸ Installing Boat Cover Tie Down Straps

▾ Installing Boat Cover Tie Down Straps

How to install boat cover tie-down straps
    1. Thread the buckle end of the strap through the loop on the cover from back to front
    2. Pull buckle end out about a foot and tie with an overhand knot
    3. Wrap the long end without the buckle down around the beam on the trailer from back to front
    4. Continue to take the end up and thread it through the buckle from back to front
    5. The strap is now fully adjustable by pulling on the loose end of the buckle to tighten

▸ How to Clean Boat Covers

▾ How to Clean Boat Covers

For Mildew

1 cup Vinegar 1 cup Borax 2 cups warm water

Mix and apply to mildew spots, letting it sit for no more than 10 minutes. Scrub with a soft bristle brush and rinse well, allowing the fabric to dry completely.

For General Cleaning

¼ cup Dawn dish soap 1 gallon water

Fully wet the fabric and then scrub it down with a soft brush or cloth, give it a good rinse, and allow the fabric to fully dry.

Get tough spots clean with Fabric and Vinyl Cleaner

Apply Fabric Guard to the clean, dry surface to protect the fabric from the elements and extend their life.

NEVER

Put in washer and dryer Use powerful cleaners like bleach or detergent

Boat Propeller Help Guide

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▸ Knowing Which Prop Will Fit Your Engine

▾ Knowing Which Prop Will Fit Your Engine

The specifics of a propeller are all determined based on its RPM performance on your engine when running at wide open throttle (WOT). This appropriate range will be listed in your owner’s manual.

Every design feature of a propeller will affect its performance in a number of different ways. Because the variations are so complex, manufacturers have specified which engine models are designed to work with their particular propeller.

If you use the Prop Finder on our page, you will likely be given more than a few different propellers that will fit your particular engine. You will then be able to select different style variations based on your preferences.

▸ The Difference Between 3 Blades & 4 Blades

▾ The Difference Between 3 Blades & 4 Blades

3 blade boat propeller 4 blade boat propeller
3 Blades 4 Blades
Most popular Low fuel consumption
Lower cost Smooth cruising operations
Less drag gives higher top-end speeds High thrust for towing skiers & tubes

▸ Aluminum vs. Stainless Steel

▾ Aluminum vs. Stainless Steel

Aluminum boat propeller Stainless steel boat propeller
Aluminum Stainless Steel
Most popular Highest performance
Less expensive Power drives to tip of blades with no flex
Excellent choice for shallow water Excellent choice for deeper water
Easy to replace, but doesn’t last as long Tough, rustproof, easily repaired from dings
Flexible blades absorb shock and protect the lower unit in a collision Rigid blades don’t protect lower unit in a collision, but the prop itself lasts much longer

▸ Propeller Diameter & Pitch

▾ Propeller Diameter & Pitch

Selecting Pitch and Diameter

These factors can vary slightly with every motor, all depending on what you decide to use your boat for. You can go through our Prop Finder to find out which propellers will fit with your engine, and then choose one of the suggested pitches and diameters based on your preference.

Propeller diameter and pitch
Diameter

Larger diameter is generally better for pushing heavy loads and maneuvering at low speeds as well as getting excellent hole-shot because of the expanded grip on the water.

Smaller diameter propellers will spin faster making them a good choice for performance boats that need higher top end speeds.

A V6 outboard prop would range 13”-16” while a 10 horsepower propeller would be around 8”.

Propeller pitch

High Pitch

Low Pitch

Pitch is the distance a propeller travels in one revolution

Pitch

Definition: The distance (in inches) a propeller travels in one revolution if there is no slippage. Pitch affects the performance of a propeller more than any other aspect.

**Sustained operation with a pitch that is too low or too high will cause damage to the engine.**

High Pitch: (Lower RPM) Boats go faster at the top end speeds. A high pitch is typically used on larger boats.

  • If the pitch is too high for your engine, it will "lug" the engine, reducing both top speed and performance.

Low Pitch: (Higher RPM) Increases acceleration, fuel efficiency and pulling power. Low pitch is typically used on smaller boats.

  • If your pitch is too low, it will cause the engine to exceed its specified RPM at top end speeds.

▸ Pressed-In Hub vs. Interchangeable Hub

▾ Pressed-In Hub vs. Interchangeable Hub

The hub is the center of the boat propeller where the blades attach. The center of the hub will slide over the propeller shaft, and in many cases this is the point where exhaust exits the engine.

Propeller hub & splines

The splines of the hub must exactly match those of the shaft

Boat propeller with interchangeable hub Boat propeller with pressed-in hub
Interchangeable Hub Pressed-In Hub
Hub stays attached to the boat, while propeller easily slides on and off Hub is integrated to the propeller core
Easier and less expensive to frequently swap out Installed by being pressed in position by a high pressure press; usually done in a shop
Not every interchangeable hub propeller is sold as a set with the hub Most common choice for propeller hub design

▸ How to Test Your Propeller’s Performance

▾ How to Test Your Propeller’s Performance

When you have the right propeller and it is working properly, your boat’s engine will run within the manufacturer’s designated RPM when running at Wide Open Throttle (WOT). If it doesn’t, then you need a new propeller.

Step-By-Step:
  1. Make sure your gas tank is full but the overall load in your boat is light (do not go out with the maximum number of people on board).
  2. Run your boat for at least 5 minutes to ensure your engine is properly warmed up.
  3. Find a wide open piece of water with little or no other boat traffic.
  4. Give your engine full throttle and get it up to maximum speed.
  5. When at maximum speed, note and record your RPM.

If the RPM at full throttle and speed is outside (either below or above) of the manufacturer's recommendation, it is time to shop for a new propeller.

Test your propellers performance

▸ Boat Propeller Problems & Fixes

▾ Boat Propeller Problems & Fixes

Cavitation

Cavitation is any erosion, pock marks, or irregular edges on the surface of the propeller. This is mainly caused by the impact of air bubbles when a pocket of air forms on the backside of a propeller blade – usually when the propeller is turning too fast for its design.

How to Avoid The most important factor is to choose the correct propeller pitch for your engine.

You can also reduce the likeliness of prop cavitation by choosing stainless steel, or by adding a cupping design on the blades.

Boat propeller with cavitation damage
Impacts
Boat propeller with impact damage

Shallow Waters / Hard Obstacles Aluminum propellers are more susceptible to damage than stainless steel props, but are cheaper to replace. They will also absorb the shock of an impact better than stainless steel, which actually protects the lower unit from incurring extremely costly damage. This is the reason they are recommended for shallow water where rock collisions are more likely.

Silt and Sand The damage from soft material can lead to cavitation, reduced fuel economy, and reduced overall efficiency. A stainless steel prop will hold up to silt and sand exposure very well.

▸ Care and Maintenance

▾ Care and Maintenance

B. R. I. G.
Backup your boat propeller, just like you have a spare tire in your car. All-around performance propellers are typically a great option for backups. Replace old, worn-out propellers. Running on a bent, chipped, or pock-marked prop will lead to cavitation as well as expensive damage to the engine and stern drive. Inspect your propeller regularly for bent blades, nicks, and rolled tips, as well as any mud, aquatic plants, or animals. Grease the moving parts of the propeller with a marine-quality waterproof product. Use the grease before fitting the boat prop and as part of your routine maintenance procedure.

▸ Propeller Cup, Rotation, and Rake

▾ Propeller Cup, Rotation, and Rake

Cup

The propeller’s cup is the curved lip on the blade tip. Cupping a propeller will cause a decrease in RPMs, giving it high performance and minimizing cavitation under heavy loads.

Boat propeller cup and rake
Rotation

Propellers spin right (clockwise) or left (counterclockwise).

  • Dual propellers have two blades that spin in opposite directions.
  • Right-hand rotation is standard.
  • Left-hand rotation is mainly used for one engine in a dual motor application to balance performance across the two engines.
Rake

Rake is the angle of the tip of the blade’s tilt forward or backward in relation to the hub. The angle is measured on a line extending from the center of the hub through the center of one blade.

  • Aft (Negative) rake tilts away from the hub. This helps the bow of the boat get up and out of the water, which creates less drag and results in higher top end speeds.
  • Forward (Positive) rake allows for a larger propeller which will give quicker hole-shot for towing skiers.
Boat propeller rake angle

Bimini Top Help Guide

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▸ Choosing a Bimini Style

▾ Choosing a Bimini Style

Popular Bimini Top Types and Dimensions by Boat Style
Bass Boats
Bimini Top Type Length Height
3-Bow 6' 46"
Bay Style Fishing Boats
Bimini Top Type Length Height
3-Bow 6' 60"
Bimini Top Type Length Height
Universal Tower Top 5' 26"
Bimini Top Type Length Height
3-bow 4-bow 6' 8' 48" 54" 60"
Bimini Top Type Length Height
3-bow 4-bow 6' 8' 48" 54" 60"
Bimini Top Type Length Height
3-bow 4-bow 6' 8' 36" 46"
Bimini Top Type Length Height
3-bow 6' 46"
Bimini Top Type Length Height
4-bow 8' 48" 60"
Bimini Top Type Length Height
3-bow 6' 46"
Bimini Top Type Length Height
2-bow 5 ½ 42"
Bimini Top Type Length Height
2-bow 5 ½ 42"
Bimini Top Type Length Height
2-bow 5 ½ 42"
Bimini Top Type Length Height
4-bow 8' 36"
Bimini Top Type Length Height
Pontoon Boat Top Buggy Style Pontoon Top 8' 9' 10' 48" 54"
Bimini Top Type Length Height
Dual Pontoon Top 16' 48"
Bimini Top Type Length Height
Free Standing Pontoon Top 8' 48"
Bimini Top Type Length Height
Super Sport Top 3-bow 5' 6' 30" 35"
Bimini Top Type Length Height
Super Sport Top 3-bow 5' 6' 30" 35"
Bimini Top Type Length Height
3-bow 6' 36"
Bimini Top Type Length Height
2-bow 5 ½ 42"
Bimini Top Type Length Height
3-bow 6' 46"
Bimini Top Type Length Height
Super Sport Top 3-bow 4-bow 5' 6' 8' 30" 35" 36"
Bimini Top Type Length Height
3-bow 6' 36" 46"
Bimini Top Type Length Height
3-bow 6' 46" 54" 60"
Bimini Top Data
Standard Tower
2 bow 3 bow 4 bow
Width
  • Biminis flex to fit a range of about 6"
  • Buy the size that your boat's width falls in
47" - 84" 54" - 103" 61" - 103" 66" - 98"
Height
  • Choose based on desired vertical clearance
42" 30" 32" 35" 36" 46" 54" 36" 48" 54" 60" 26" Install higher or lower to reach desired height
Length
  • Bimini will extend half its length in front and half its length behind the mounting point
5 ½' 5' or 6' 8' 5'
Mount Top or side of gunwale Windshield (drilling required) Clamps on to boat tower (no drilling)
Storage
  • Mounting brackets allow bimini to lay flat when not in use
  • Braces or tracks available for maneuverable storage
Can be folded, or removed
Pontoon Bimini Top Data
Pontoon
Standard 4 bow Free Standing Dual Top Buggy Style
Width
  • Biminis flex to fit a range of about 6"
  • Buy the size that your pontoon's width falls in
96" - 102"
Height
  • Choose based on desired vertical clearance
48" 54" 48"
Length
  • Bimini will extend half its length in front and half its length behind the mounting point
8' 9' 10' 8' 8' when separated, 16' when zipped together 8'
Mount Side Rails (drilling required)
Storage
  • Mounting brackets allow bimini to lay flat when not in use
  • Braces or tracks available for maneuverable storage

▸ How to Measure for the Best Fit

▾ How to Measure for the Best Fit

Width

Choose where you want to mount your bimini, the most common mounting point is at the widest part of your boat. If this won’t work, then you can move the bimini mounting points up or back.

Once you decide on a good mounting point, measure a straight line between these points on either side of your boat.

  • Make sure not to measure up and over or around obstacles.
  • Biminis tops come in a range of widths. Choose the range in which your width measurement falls. The bimini will measure in the middle of the range, but can be flexed in or out.
Length

The mounting point is the center of the bimini, so the top will extend half its length in front and half its length behind the mounting point.

  • A 6' top will cover 3' forward, and 3' behind the mounting point
  • Check to see if your new bimini might conflict with existing antennas or ski pylons.
Height

Measure straight up from the mounting point. Keep in mind that the total standing height is the height of the bimini plus the height from the floor to the mounting point.

  • Consider how much clearance you want underneath the bimini to determine what height you should get.
  • With a 36" bimini, the support bows will cross the boat 36" above the mounting point.
  • A 36" bimini that is mounted 20" above the floor of the boat would have 56" of room underneath.

A tower bimini gets measured much in the same way as a standard bimini, but with a few key differences.

  • This bimini will only mount to the tower, which means no moving it forward or back in the boat.
  • Because of the no-drill installation it will be easily adjusted higher or lower on the tower for height preference.
  • All tower biminis are going to be the same height and length (26" H x 5' L)

▸ Fabric Comparison

▾ Fabric Comparison

Rated on scale of 1 (worst)- 5 (best)
Water Resistance UV Resistance Breathability Strength Colorfast Warranty
Sunbrella 4 5 5 4 5 Carver: 7 years Westland: 10 years
SunDura 5 5 3 4 5 7 years
Sharkskin Supreme 4 4 3 4 4 7 years
Vinyl 5 5 0 5 5 5 years
Poly-Guard 4 4 5 5 4 5 years
Sharkskin Plus 3 3 2 3 3 5 years
Double Duck 3 3 5 2 4 3 years
Sharkskin 2 2 1 2 2 3 years

▸ Slide Track and Brace Kit Options

▾ Slide Track and Brace Kit Options

Brace/ Rear Strut Kit (pic)

Braces hold your bimini in an upright position when open and stored. Also gives your bimini a more stable position when open.

  • Kits come with 2 braces and mounting hardware to fit seamlessly with your bimini.
Slide Tracks (pic)

Track mounts to gunwale of boat to allow bimini to slide into a more convenient lay- down storage position.

  • Kits come with 2 tracks and all matching mounting hardware.

▸ How to Clean Bimini Tops

▾ How to Clean Bimini Tops

For Mildew

1 cup Vinegar 1 cup Borax 2 cups warm water

Mix and apply to mildew spots, letting it sit for no more than 10 minutes. Scrub with a soft bristle brush and rinse well, allowing the fabric to dry completely.

For General Cleaning

¼ cup Dawn dish soap 1 gallon water

Fully wet the fabric and then scrub it down with a soft brush or cloth, give it a good rinse, and allow the fabric to fully dry.

Get tough spots clean with Fabric and Vinyl Cleaner

Apply Fabric Guard to the clean, dry surface to protect the fabric from the elements and extend their life.

NEVER

Put in washer and dryer Use powerful cleaners like bleach or detergent

Fender & Buoy Help Guide

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▸ Choosing a Boat Fender by Application

▾ Choosing a Boat Fender by Application

Fender Series Trailered Boats Protected Moorings Unprotected Moorings Pilings Rafting Locks/ Concrete
Light-Duty Fenders for Recreational Use
Polyform G Series Boat Fender Polyform G
Taylor Made Hull Gard Boat Fender.jpg Taylor Made Hull Gard
Medium-Duty Fenders for Tougher Recreational Use
Taylor Made Big B Boat Fender Taylor Made Big B
Taylor Made Super Gard Boat Fender Taylor Made Super Gard
Polyform HTM Series Boat Fender Polyform HTM
Heavy-Duty Fenders for Commercial Use
Polyform A Series Buoy Polyform A
Taylor Made Tuff End Buoy Taylor Made Tuff End Buoy
Taylor Made Tuff End Boat Fender Taylor Made Tuff End Fender
Polyform F Series Boat Fender Polyform F

▸ Choosing the Best Fender for Your Boat Length

▾ Choosing the Best Fender for Your Boat Length

Compare Boat Fenders by Size
Polyform G Series Boat Fenders
Polyform G Series Boat Fender Model G-1 G-2 G-3 G-4 G-5 G-6
Diameter 3.5" 4.5" 5.5" 6.5" 8.8" 11"
Length 12.8" 15.5" 19" 22" 26.8" 30"
Boat Length Up to 10' 10'-20' 20'-30' 30'-40'


Polyform F Series Boat Fenders
Polyform F Series Boat Fender Model F-1 F-02 F-2 F-3 F-4 F-5 F-6 F-7 F-8 F-10 F-11 F-13
Diameter 6" 7.5" 8.2" 8.2" 8.5" 11" 11" 15" 15" 18" 21.2" 29"
Length 24" 26" 25" 30" 40.5" 30" 42" 41" 48" 50" 57.5" 76.5"
Boat Length 20'-30' 30'-40' 40'-50' 50'-60' 60'-70' 70'+


Polyform HTM Series Boat Fenders
Polyform HTM Series Boat Fender Model HTM-1 HTM-2 HTM-3 HTM-4
Diameter 6.3" 8.5" 10.5" 13.5"
Length 15.5" 20.5" 27" 34.8"
Boat Length 20'-30' 30'-40' 40'-50'


Polyform A Series Buoys
Polyform A Series Buoy Model A-1 A-2 A-3 A-4 A-5 A-6 A-7
Diameter 11" 14.5" 17" 20.5" 27" 34" 39"
Buoyancy 29 lb 68 lb 121 lb 187 lb 396 lb 792 lb 1,345 lb
Boat Length 20'-30' 30'-40' 40'-50' 50'-60' 60'-70' 70'+


Taylor Made Hull Gard Boat Fenders
Taylor Made Hull Gard Boat Fender Model 3.5"x13" 4.5"x16" 5.5"x20" 6.5"x23" 8.5"x27" 10.5"x30"
Diameter 3.5" 4.5" 5.5" 6.5" 8.5" 10.5"
Length 13" 16" 20" 23" 27" 30"
Boat Length Up to 10' 10'-15' 15'-20' 20'-25' 25'-35' 35'-50'


Taylor Made Big B Boat Fenders
Taylor Made Big B Boat Fender Model 6"x15" 8"x20" 10"x26" 12"x34"
Diameter 6" 8" 10" 12"
Length 15" 20" 26" 34"
Boat Length 20'-25' 25'-35' 35'-50' 50'-60'


Taylor Made Super Gard Boat Fenders
Taylor Made Super Gard Boat Fender Model 5.5"x20" 6.5"x22" 8.5"x26" 10.5"x30"
Diameter 5.5" 6.5" 8.5" 10.5"
Length 20" 22" 26" 30"
Boat Length 15'-20' 20'-25' 25'-35' 35'-50'


Taylor Made Tuff End Boat Fenders
Taylor Made Tuff End Boat Fender Model 6"x25" 8"x27" 10"x30" 12"x35" 15"x41" 19"x50" 24"x57" 32"x77"
Diameter 6" 8" 10" 12" 15" 19" 24" 32"
Length 25" 27" 30" 35" 41" 50" 57" 77"
Boat Length Up to 30' 25'-40' 40'-50' 50'-60' 60'-70' 70'-80' 80'-100' 100'+


Taylor Made Tuff End Buoys
Taylor Made Tuff End Buoy Diameter 9" 12" 15" 18" 21" 27" 34"
Buoyancy 14 lb 33 lb 65 lb 112 lb 180 lb 375 lb 790 lb
Boat Length 10'-20' 20'-30' 30'-40' 40'-50' 50'-60' 60'-70' 70'+

▸ Boat Fender Placement Tips

▾ Boat Fender Placement Tips

Fender Placement
Boat fender placement

Place at least one fender at the widest point of your boat. For better coverage, add one at the bow and another at the stern.

Hang your fenders from something solid like a stanchion base or deck cleat along the rail. Do not tie them to lifelines.

Position the fender low enough off the side of your boat so that the tip of it is skimming the water. This will limit swinging.

Docking and Rafting
Boat fender - rafting Boat fender - docking

Place all of the fenders on the moored or anchored boat.

When docking, use at least 3 fenders - one at the maximum beam (widest point of your boat), and one at both fore and aft.

When rafting, group 3 standard fenders at the maximum beam and 1 larger fender at both fore and aft.

▸ How to Inflate Your Boat Fender or Buoy

▾ How to Inflate Your Boat Fender or Buoy

Any of the following can be used to inflate your boat fender or buoy:

  • Hand pump
  • Air compressor
  • Service station air pump
  1. Remove plastic screw from the valve (located near the rope hold), and insert the pump or air compressor.
    • If using an air compressor, set your gauge at 2 PSI.
  2. Fill with air until the walls are fully expanded. You should be able to easily push in the walls about 1/4 of an inch.
    • If no air is going in, insert a screwdriver or wire into the valve to push the flap open.
    • To avoid over-inflation, measure the circumference of your inflated fender or buoy and match it with the value on our Maximum Circumference Charts below.
  3. Remove the pump and replace the plastic screw.
Instructional Videos

These step-by-step videos apply to the inflation of any brand of fender or buoy.

Hand Pump Inflation
Air Nozzle Inflation
Maximum Circumference Charts
Polyform Boat Fenders & Buoys
Product Max Circumference Product Max Circumference
A-1 34.5" F-1 18.8"
A-2 45.5" F-02 23.6"
A-3 53.4" F-2 25.7"
A-4 64.4" F-3 25.7"
A-5 84.8" F-4 26.7"
A-6 106.8" F-5 34.5"
A-7 122.5" F-6 34.5"
G-1 11" F-7 47.1"
G-2 14.1" F-8 47.1"
G-3 17.3" F-10 56.5"
G-4 20.4" F-11 66.6"
G-5 27.6" F-13 91.1"
G-6 34.5" HTM-1 19.8"
Note: Recommended circumference values. Over-inflation may void warranty. HTM-2 26.7"
HTM-3 33"
HTM-4 42.4"
Taylor Made Boat Fenders & Buoys
Product Max Circumference Product Max Circumference
Hull Gard 3.5"x13" 11" Big B 6"x15" 18.8"
Hull Gard 4.5"x16" 14.1" Big B 8"x20" 25.1"
Hull Gard 5.5"x20" 17.3" Big B 10"x26" 31.4"
Hull Gard 6.5"x23" 20.4" Big B 12"x34" 37.7"
Hull Gard 8.5"x27" 26.7" Super Gard 5.5"x20" 17.3"
Hull Gard 10.5"x30" 33" Super Gard 6.5"x22" 20.4"
Tuff End Buoy 9" 28" Super Gard 8.5"x26" 26.7"
Tuff End Buoy 12" 38" Super Gard 10.5"x30" 33"
Tuff End Buoy 15" 47" Tuff End Fender 6"x25" 18.8"
Tuff End Buoy 18" 57" Tuff End Fender 8"x27" 25.1"
Tuff End Buoy 21" 66" Tuff End Fender 10"x30" 31.4"
Tuff End Buoy 27" 85" Tuff End Fender 12"x35" 37.7"
Tuff End Buoy 34" 107" Tuff End Fender 15"x41" 47"
Note: Recommended circumference values. Over-inflation may void warranty. Tuff End Fender 19"x50" 59.7"
Tuff End Fender 24"x57" 75.4"
Tuff End Fender 32"x77" 100.5"

De-Icer & Ice Eater Help Guide

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▸ De-Icer Basics

▾ De-Icer Basics

Dock damage without a de-icer
"De-icers" and "ice eaters" do not actually remove or "eat" ice but rather prevent it from developing in the first place. An electric motor and propeller draws deeper, warmer water up to the surface and circulates it to prevent ice formation. It is a simple concept that is extremely effective - and important. Without a de-icer, your dock, boat, slip or marina remain vulnerable to severe damage from winter weather - damage that can be very costly to fix. Basically, you should think of a de-icer as a good insurance policy. No matter what long-term forecasts show, weather can change rapidly and you should have a de-icer ready to go as soon as the mercury dips and ice begins to form.

▸ How to Select the Right De-Icer

▾ How to Select the Right De-Icer

1. Do you have a 115V or 230V outlet?
Most de-icers are available in either voltage. You can expect both models to use about the same amount of electricity if operated similarly. This is because the 230V unit will pull more power at a time, but it will need to operate for less time than the 115V unit.
2. How far is your de-icing area from the nearest outlet?
It is important that you order a de-icer with a power cord long enough to reach from your outlet directly to the de-icer, without the use of an extension cord. Voltage is lost as electricity travels through a cord and any connection (e.g. an extension cord) provides even an greater loss of voltage, thereby reducing the efficiency of your de-icer.
3. Selecting the right horsepower - What size clearing area do you need?
Horsepower (HP) will be the #1 factor in your choice as it determines the size of an area that a particular de-icer can clear.
Area Cleared by Temperature Range (Circular & Elliptical)
Horsepower 34º to 20º F (1.11º to -6.66º C) 19º to 0º F (-7.22º to -17.77º C) -1º to -20º F (-18.33º to -28.88º C) -21º F & below (-29.44º C & below)
1/4 HP 55' diameter 25' x 90' ellipse 40' diameter 20' x 50' ellipse 35' diameter 20' x 40' ellipse 25' diameter 15' x 30' ellipse
1/2 HP 65' diameter 30' x 100' ellipse 50' diameter 25' x 60' ellipse 45' diameter 25' x 50' ellipse 35' diameter 20' x 40' ellipse
3/4 HP 85' diameter 35' x 120' ellipse 70' diameter 30' x 80' ellipse 65' diameter 30' x 75' ellipse 45' diameter 25' x 50' ellipse
1 HP 95' diameter 40' x 150' ellipse 80' diameter 35' x 90' ellipse 75' diameter 35' x 85' ellipse 55' diameter 30' x 60' ellipse

▸ Mounting Your De-Icer

▾ Mounting Your De-Icer

Circular or Elliptical De-Icing Patterns
De-icers can be mounted to clear various diameters and either a circular or oval shaped area.
  • To clear ice in a circular pattern, mount your de-icer vertically.
  • To clear ice in an elliptical pattern, mount your de-icer at an angle.
De-icer angles and clearing diameter
De-Icer Mounting Tips
  • Mount your de-icer 3 to 5 feet below the water surface and at least 1 foot above the floor of the water. If too close to the floor, debris can be pulled in to the unit, damaging the motor and/or propeller.
  • Keep de-icer submerged during use at all times. If operated in open air, it will quickly overheat and destroy the motor.
  • For areas with varying water levels, mount de-icer to adjust with the water level, maintaining proper depth below the surface (3' to 5') and height above the bottom (1' minimum).
  • For shallow water, make sure the de-icer is not in a water zone that will freeze solid. If ice reaches the bottom, it will choke off the water supply to the de-icer, causing serious damage to the motor.
  • Always use a Ground Fault Interrupter (GFI) power source and check the GFI on a regular basis. A GFI is an outlet that senses current flow problems and automatically shuts off in those instances to maintain safe conditions.
Kasco De-Icer Mounting Options
Rope Suspension Dock Mount Float Mount
Kasco De-Icer Standard Suspension Rope Mount Kasco De-Icer Dock Mount Kasco De-Icer Float Mount
Each de-icer unit ships with two suspension ropes to be spread at least 8' to 10' apart Mounts de-icer to dock or pilings; can be extended to a maximum of 10' from the mounting bracket Allows de-icer to be used in shallow waters or where water level fluctuates; de-icer floats and moves with water
Power House Ice Eater Mounting Options
Rope Suspension Dock Mount Shallow Water Stand
Power House Ice Eater Standard Suspension Rope Mount Power House Ice Eater Dock Mount Power House Ice Eater Shallow Water Stand
Each ice eater unit ships with two suspension ropes to be spread at least 8' to 10' apart Mounts ice eater to dock or pilings; can be extended to a maximum of 6' from the mounting bracket Allows ice eater to be used in shallow waters and can be positioned horizontally or at an angle

▸ De-Icer Maintenance

▾ De-Icer Maintenance

As with any important equipment, it is necessary to inspect and maintain your de-icer properly. Here are a few simple things you can do to ensure your de-icer performs its best:
  • Regularly inspect the propeller for damage and replace as necessary
  • Regularly inspect the zinc anode for erosion and/or corrosion and replace as necessary
  • Clean the system with a power washer at least once per season to reduce calcium and algae build-up
  • Have your unit serviced by the manufacturer or an authorized repair service every three years
  • In the case of decreased performance, disconnect the de-icer from the power source, remove any clogs or debris from the motor and inspect the propeller for damage

Boat Seat Help Guide

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▸ Where to Start When Selecting Seats

▾ Where to Start When Selecting Seats

  1. Measure Available Space
  2. Measure the space where you want your seats and match this with the full dimensions of the seat, not just the cushions.

  3. Determine Your Preferred Number of Passengers
  4. Keep this number in mind as you shop, it will help to narrow down what type of seats you should look at.

  5. Identify any Storage Needs
  6. If there isn’t enough storage on your boat, it might be a good idea to choose seats with built-in storage underneath.

  7. Note Your Current Seat Style
  8. If you are replacing seats, especially just a few, then you’ll want to choose something with a similar style as the old seats to maintain continuity in the look and feel.

  9. Think About Related Items You Might Need
  10. Shopping for seats is also a good time to shop for furniture and accessories, this way you can coordinate with the seats, and save money by purchasing in groups.

▸ Measuring for Pontoon Seating

▾ Measuring for Pontoon Seating

Measuring for Replacement Pontoon Seats
Be sure to take measurements inside the rails, and account for any rail support braces.
  1. From port to starboard rails most pontoons will be 89" - 93" (add 1" of extra space for vinyl and foam rails)
  2. Distance from the rear rail to the side gate
  3. Distance from the front rail and side gate
  4. Note if your pontoon's inside corners are rounded or square:
  5. If they are rounded, you will need to know what radius the corner seats should have.

    The seat radius is how wide the rounded edge on a corner seat is, and is important to know because you'll want your seat to fit snugly against the railing.

    1. Place a tape measure on the railing where the curve begins. Place another tape measure on the other side of the corner.
    2. Extend both tape measures so they intersect. This intersection should be at the same point on each tape measure.
    3. This intersection point is your radius measurement (an intersection of 3.5" will have a 3.5" radius.)

▸ Installation Tips

▾ Installation Tips

Every seat will install differently but there are a few tips that could really help you when buying seats online, and installing them yourself:

  • Save mounting hardware off the old seats, because new seats usually won’t come with any.
  • Refuse delivery of a damaged package and it will get sent back straight away. This will be the easiest time to take care of a return for a damaged item.
  • Open the box with a key instead of a knife to avoid damaging upholstery.
  • Place the seat and then mark the edges with tape to have reference when installing the mount.
  • Double check the area underneath your mounting spot to make sure you won’t be drilling in to anything you could damage like wires or tanks.
  • Use wide ‘fender’ washers to prevent the deck from cracking, and lock nuts to keep the seat from vibrating loose.
  • After you place a mounting bracket, drill the screw holes one at a time adding a bolt after each hole to keep the bracket in position.

▸ Boat Seat Style Guide

▾ Boat Seat Style Guide

Seats Common on Offshore Boats
Helm / Pilot Chair Helm / Pilot Chair
  • Fit perfectly in the helm as the captian's chair
  • Typically mounts to a pedestal
Fighting Chair Fighting Chair
  • Ideal seat to reel in (or fight with) a large catch
  • Many models come with integrated rod holders
  • Typically used on large deck boats
Leaning Post Leaning Post
  • Provides standing support while navigating or fishing
  • Mounts directly to boat deck
  • Commonly used on center console or offshore boats
Cooler Seat Cooler Seat
  • Seat comes attached to a cooler
  • Coolers vary in size and capacity
  • Mount directly to the boat's floor
Flip-Back Chair Flip-Back Chair
  • Side hinge allows the back rest to swing forward or back for front or rear-facing seating
  • Mounts on a box, post, or pedestal
Seats Common on Fishing & Bass Boats
Folding Seat Folding Seat
  • Simple in style
  • The backrest will forld down for easy storage
  • Common on fishing, utility, jon, and row boats
Bucket Seat Bucket Seat
  • Fits pervectly in the helm as the captain's chair
  • Can have other features, like a bolster
  • Will fit on most boats
Buddy Seat Buddy Seat
  • Attaches between 2 bucket style seats to create a bench seating arrangement
  • Common on bass and walleye boats
  • Mount to individual or kit pedestals
Bench Seat Bench Seat
  • Simple design for multiple people
  • Common on bass and walleye boats
  • Mounts directly to the boat deck
Casting Seat Casting Seat
  • Gives stability for fishing in a standing position, especially on rough water
  • Common on bass or walleye boats
  • Mounts to a pedestal
Seats Common on Cruisers & Runabouts
Bolster Seat Bolster Seat
  • Bolster flips up to provide standing stability
  • Ideal for either captians or passenger chairs
  • Most commonly used on runabouts or fisn n' ski boats
Back-to-Back Seat Back to Back Seats
  • Two seats on one base connected at the back
  • Most slide out to lay flat, and have storage underneath
  • Mounts directly to the floor of the boat
Pontoon Seats
Individual Pontoon Seats Individual Seats
  • Seats are modular to fit together for a bench-like seating arrangement
  • Most seats feature storage boxes underneath
  • Mounts directly to the boat floor
Pontoon Furniture Groups Furniture Groups
  • Come as a matching set in a pre-arranged format
  • Will fit the front, rear, or entire pontoon boat
  • Items are freight shipped with assembly required

▸ Seat Pedestal Rating System

▾ Seat Pedestal Rating System

American Boat and Yacht Council's Safety Class Ratings for Seat Pedestals
Class A Driver
  • For seat occupancy at any speed
  • Will resist 30lbs. or torque
Class A Passenger
  • For seat occupancy at any speed
  • Has mechanical interface lock
  • Will resist 150lbs. of torque
Class B
  • For seat occupancy at speeds under 5 mph

▸ Cleaning Vinyl Upholstery

▾ Cleaning Vinyl Upholstery

For Mildew:

  • 1 Tbsp. ammonia
  • ¼ cup water
  • Mix an apply to mildew spots, letting it sit for no more than 10 minutes. Scrub with a soft bristle brush and rinse well with soap and water, allowing the fabric to dry completely.

For General Cleaning:

  • ¼ cup Dawn dish soap
  • 1 gallon water
  • Fully wet the fabric and then scrub it down with a soft brush or cloth, give it a good rinse with water, and allow the fabric to fully dry.

    Get tough spots clean with Fabric and Vinyl Cleaner

NEVER Use powerful cleaners like bleach, detergent, Steel Wool, Formula 409, Murphy’s Oil Soap, Simple Green, DC Plus, Armor All, Fantastik, Orange 88 Degreaser, Roll Off, Baking Soda, Turtle Wax, Tar Remover, Top Kote Sealant, Son-of-a-Gun, APCO, Harbor Mate, kerosene, gasoline, or acetone.

Boat Ladder Help Guide

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