Bow bumper

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Bow bumper - silicone rubber. For all the SAILSetc production boats and many SAILSetc designs sold as plans. Please select model type and colour from the drop down menus.


Where our designs have been varied during their production the length of the bulkhead onto which the bumper is bonded is used to identify each.


We do not make silicone rubber bumpers for boats built by others or to other designer's plans. If you need a bumper for a non-SAILSetc design we suggest you buy a block of foam, ref. 330-FOAM, and shape it to suit your hull. Alternatively, if you make a mould to suit your hull, we can use it to make a bumper for you, ref. 330-CUSTOM.

Product code. 330

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Bow bumper

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Bow bumper - silicone rubber. For all the SAILSetc production boats and many SAILSetc designs sold as plans. Please select model type and colour from the drop down menus.

Where our designs have been varied during their production it is the length of the bulkhead (the flat, forward, part of the hull) onto which the bumper is bonded that is used to identify each.

Q. What is the best way to add a silicone bow bumper boat?

A. The only material we have found that will bond the bumper is silicone sealant as sold for sealing around work surfaces, pipes and tiles.

The correct one to use is the one that smells strongly of acetic acid (vinegar). No other types will work. Choose the clear version. The one we have in the workshop is a B&Q product labelled ‘translucent all purpose, waterproof, flexible, mould resistant’. The instructions/data printed on the package indicate it gives off acetic acid when curing. Buy the 310 ml size if you need a large quantity. Alan Bright advises another option is product code S57100 from stix2 - www.stix2.co.uk. UK customers can obtain small tubes containing 40 grams of silicone sealant from Halfords made by Granville. These are probably the better option for casual users of silicone sealant.

Clean the aft face of the bumper and the area of bow that you will apply the bumper to using acetone or alcohol. Add masking tape around the area of hull that will have the bumper bonded to it. Allow the solvent to dry and apply a thick film of the sealant to the back of the bumper and a thinner film to the bow of the boat. Push the bumper onto the hull and carefully clean off the excess sealant. When the sealant has cured (leave for at least half a day) you will be able to peel off the masking tape.

Also known as a fender, bow fender.

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