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Tips to help choose the right buoys for your boat

Choosing the right type of buoys for tying up a boat depends on several factors, including the size and weight of the boat, the location and conditions of the docking area, and the intended use of docking the boat. Here are some general guidelines:

Size and Weight of the Boat:

  • For small boats, such as kayaks or dinghies, lightweight and smaller buoys are typically sufficient.

  • Larger boats require heavier and more substantial buoys to provide adequate buoyancy and stability. The larger buoys help prevent the boat from hitting the dock, causing scratches and dings.

Location and Conditions:

  • In calm and protected waters, smaller and less robust buoys may be suitable.

  • In areas prone to strong currents, waves, or high winds, heavier and more durable buoys are essential to ensure the boat remains secure.

Intended Use:

  • Permanent moorings may require larger, more robust buoys designed to withstand long-term exposure to the elements.

  • Temporary moorings, such as those used for short-term docking or anchoring during a day trip, may be able to use smaller, more portable buoys.

Material and Design:

  • Buoys are typically made of materials like hard plastic, foam, or inflatable rubber.

  • Hard plastic or foam buoys are durable and suitable for permanent moorings.

  • Inflatable buoys are more portable and can be deflated for storage.

Attachment Mechanism:

  • Buoys may have a hole or attachment point for securing a line or anchor chain. The type of attachment needed will depend on the boat's size and the mooring conditions.


  • Brightly colored buoys are more visible, which can be important for safety and navigation.

Regulations and Local Guidelines:

  • Ensure that you are using buoys that comply with local regulations and guidelines set by maritime authorities.


  • Regular inspection and maintenance of buoys are important to ensure they remain in good condition and continue to provide reliable mooring.

Remember, we have all different types of buoys at our pro shop. Come by and talk to our staff to help decide what buoys are the best fit for you and your boat.


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