Why Chafe Guards

Your boat has a chafe problem.

Chafe: The simple rubbing of your dock and mooring lines against other objects, even other lines. It’s happening all the time, whether you know it or not. Why? Boats reside in the water, and water is always moving. As the water moves even slightly, your boat moves independent of the dock or mooring, and this causes your dock and mooring lines to move as well. As they move, they rub against the cleats, chocks, fittings, and other objects that they are in constant contact with. This rubbing, day in and day out, slowly but surely wears into the line and may eventually compromise its strength of sever it altoge
ther.

Lots of people seem to be willing to live with chafed lines, but really, that's a bad idea. First, as chafe wears into a line, the line becomes weaker. While it may still be tied up and look intact, in reality it may be too weak to handle the next big storm. You may only realize this after the storm, when you return to your boat to find that the line has broken.  Another reason is cost. Dock and mooring lines aren’t cheap. Allowing them to chafe and wear probably means having to break down and replace them a lot sooner than if you were able to eliminate the chafe and wear, and that expense of replacing lines really adds up quickly. Last but not least: Chafed, worn lines can become a bit of an eyesore, and detract from the appearance of an otherwise well-kept boat.

Dock and mooring lines have two principal purposes: Keep your boat securely moored and absorb a certain amount of shock as your boat moves. Asking your lines to also handle chafe is just too much. The solution? Chafe protection! Simple, low-cost chafe guards can protect your lines from chafe and wear, allow them to maintain their integrity and strength, and can drastically decrease the frequency of line replacement, saving you money. The idea is simple: Position a chafe guard at each area of the line where wear and chafe occurs- generally at the cleats and chocks, but it can be anywhere the line rubs against another object or surface. This way the chafe guard wears and your line does not.

What makes the best chafe guard

​There are many options for chafe protection, from various re-purposed materials to retail products. It’s important to note however that not all products and materials are created equal, and some work much  better than others. The ideal chafe guard is made of material that exhibits all of these traits:

CHAFE and WEAR RESISTANCE: Your chafe guards must be properly suited to the chafe conditions present where your boat lives. Some marinas are more or less sheltered than others, and thus experience slower or faster chafe than average. A relatively light material may be sufficient for a boat in one place, while a more heavy-duty material is required for a boat somewhere else.

FLEXIBILITY: A chafe guard that can flex and conform in an around chocks, cleats, and fittings is likely to stay in place more easily, keeping the protection where it’s needed.

TEXTURE: A soft material is a good choice when the line rubs against gelcoat or a polished surface, as it will be less likely to leave marks or wear as it rubs those surfaces. After all, protecting your line is important, but leaving marks on the boat while doing it shouldn’t be necessary.

WATER PERMEABILITY:  Allowing water to pass through the chafe guard and reach the line underneath has been suggested to help the line stay cooler during the cycling brought on by severe weather, and may make the difference in keeping the line intact through the storm. A study published in July 1997 by researchers at MIT showed that nylon and polyester lines generally built up internal heat as they cycled through repeated stretching and contracting, as they would during a major storm event. The study found that this cycling causes friction between the fibers that make up a line, and this can build up so much heat that the line can fail from the inside out. It's been suggested that water, allowed to reach the line, can provide a certain amount of cooling and lubrication, decreasing internal friction and helping to keep the line intact.

Goyer Marine Chafe Guards are your BEST choice

Goyer Marine chafe guards provide all the hallmarks of ideal chafe protection, and our wide ranging product line gives you the flexibility to choose the amount of protection you need, at a value price. We offer choices that are soft, flexible, highly wear resistant, and water permeable, and we have the only "bulk" products on the market, which allow you to cut your chafe guards to the exact length you need. And no other company give you as much instruction and support, to make it as easy as possible to arrange your chafe protection in the most effective way. 

Goyer Marine provides the most comprehensive, highest value, and most adaptive line of chafe protection products for boaters like you. Explore our product line now and see how easy it is to provide your boat the protection it needs, and get the peace of mind you deserve. 

 

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