Bow bumper

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Bow bumper. For various SAILSetc designs, silicone rubber. Please select model type and colour from the drop down menus.

Product code. 330

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£10.50

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Bow bumper

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For various SAILSetc designs, silicone rubber. Please select model type and colour from the drop down menus.


 

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. Alan Bright advises another option is product code S57100 from stix2 - www.stix2.co.uk. UK customers can obtain small tubes of silicone sealant from Halfords made by Granville.

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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