Boat Fender and Bumper FAQ


For your convenience, our most common customer bumper questions are answered here.

Can my Big Bumper be used as a flotation device or a floating step?

> No. Big Bumpers are not approved flotation devices and should NEVER be used as a floating step. Click HERE to read the Big Bumper Company Disclaimer.


Does my Big Bumper come with a pump?

> No. Big Bumpers work with standard pumps. Click HERE to buy a pump from one of our retail partners.


What size Big Bumper should I buy?

> The desired length and diameter of a Big Bumper depends on your application. Bumpers are available in 4-foot, 6-foot, and 12-foot lengths.

>12-inch diameter works well for personal watercraft.

>18-inch diameter works well for most boats and reduces the “step over” from watercraft to the dock.

> For dock bumpers, an 18-24-inch diameter is recommended to accommodate variability in the sizes of visiting boats, water levels, etc. 

> For a dock or marina, how will the D-rings be attached/tied? Is your dock permanent or floating? What is the length of your boat?

> You may only need two 6-footers spaced apart or a 12-footer positioned based on the curvature of your hull.

> Understand your hull curvature and visualize how it will align with your dock or other boats.


Where do I buy a Big Bumper?

> Big Bumpers are available on our website and through our dealers. In addition, new dealer opportunities are available for these bumper products. Please get in touch with for more information on becoming a dealer. 


How do I care for my Big Bumper?

> Your Big Bumper is made to last with almost no maintenance. 

  1. Wash with mild soap and water, and rinse thoroughly with clean water.
  2. Allow to dry completely before storage.
  3. Store in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area away from chemicals.


How much air should I put into my Big Bumper?

> The amount of air in a Big Bumper is a matter of personal preference. Experiment with different levels.

To prevent serious damage to seams, do not over-inflate.


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