Fendering Selection

Choosing your fendering profile

Whilst our range of profiles is fairly extensive the actual process of selecting your ideal profile is thankfully straightforward.

If you are considering a "like for like" replacement of an existing fendering system or rub rail then the task at hand simply involves identifying the type of profile from our boat fendering range and then choosing the desired size/colour.

The first question to ask when choosing which profile to use is: “Do you have a flat or flanged (i.e. lipped) surface upon which to fit your fendering?”

The size of profile then selected is generally determined by the space available to work with on the boat as well as the requirements of the fendering.

A working boat will often be fitted with a heavy duty D profile whereas a day cruiser would feature a rigid PVC/aluminium profile with a PVC insert.

Of course, if you are still unsure of which category your existing fendering falls into then please feel free to send us a small sample and allow us to match it for you.

Material type

We manufacture our fendering profiles in a range of materials to provide optimal performance in the product’s designed application. The material used is detailed in the product description within our brochures.

PVC - we extrude our profiles in a range of PVC hardnesses, a summary of which can be found below:

Rigid - Our hardest PVC and used for individual profiles, as a body/retainer or as a strip to provide strength to softer PVC fendering profiles. On its own it provides a hard wearing, low friction fender. As a body it becomes part of a system that ensures the smooth lines of a boat are not interrupted whilst acting as a retainer for PVC inserts. This material can still be fitted around most bows or transoms providing a radius is present. Rigid materials are identified by an ‘R’ following the PVC reference number.

/20 - a hard yet flexible PVC and is preferred by the trade as it gives a better final fit. However, it does require heating before fitting in order to make more malleable and able to be stretched over flanges and any tight radius.

/50 - a soft, flexible PVC that generally does not require pre-heating and is therefore easier to fit. The softer compound provides better impact protection over harder material.

Rubber – all of our rubber profiles are extruded from a virgin EPDM based compound which provides excellent resistance to the water, temperature and ozone levels found in the marine environment.

PVR – a well tested compound which has replaced some of the smaller EPDM rubber profiles. The advantages over rubber is that PVR has excellent UV resistance, is non-marking and the colour will not bleed. As the data below shows, PVR is also stronger than its rubber counterpart in a variety of tests.

Rigid PVC or aluminium body?

Essentially both products are used for the same purpose – to complement a boats clean lines whilst retaining a PVC insert which acts as a rub rail. It really is simply a matter of preference as both will bend to the average boat bow or transom. However, with the application of heat whilst fitting it is also possible to bend the rigid PVC downwards such as where the gunwale curves into a bathing platform.

As an alternative to using PVC inserts we also offer a range of rigid PVC bodies which carry pre-drilled stainless steel inserts to offer a modern, contemporary look.

Requesting samples

To request a sample of any of our stock items you can either do so via the particular product page on our or else contact our sales team directly by telephoning or email.

Alternatively you can send a sample of your existing profile to our sales team and allow us to find a suitable replacement - we look forward to being of service to you.

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