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Where do you attach bumpers?

I recently purchased a new Sweetwater 2286.   It is such a nice pontoon that I am shocked that there isn't any place to attach bumpers.  I hate the fact that I must drill into the railing to attach a clevis or other type of hanger.  This seems like a huge oversight of the manufactuer.  Anybody got any suggestions on what to buy and where to mount?


  • 253checkmate253checkmate Posts: 10Member ✭✭
    Check out Overton's catalog or the online site. They carry special fender hangers for pontoon rails. $20 for four.  Easy to adjust height. This is my third season with them and they are great. I had them on my 2086 and now my new 200 PE tritoon.
  • SweetH20SweetH20 Posts: 14Member
    Agree with 253 checkmate. I bought the grey plastic clips that slip on the rail. I have my fenders pre adjusted and attached to the clips with a simple knot and then when I need them, just clip them on the rail. Iit takes about 2 seconds to hang them on the rail. Love them!
    2013 Sweetwater 220SL Tritoon
    150 hp Mercury 4 stroke
    Genesis tritoon Galvanized Trailer 

  • captainregcaptainreg Posts: 2Member
    They won't work.  You cannot get anything around the railing.  The furniture sits tightly against the railing.
  • KoerbKoerb Posts: 9Member ✭✭
    I ran into the same problem and went with a different approach.   Purchased 6 Nautos (#91025) roll ball bearing composite cam cleats and mounted 3 on each side, spacing them evenly on the top railing.   All that is required is placing the bumper rope inside the cleat, finding the right height then pulling down on the rope and locking it in place!   When your finished, a pull up on the rope disengages the rope from the cam and your set to cruise.

    John Koerber

  • vtwepvtwep Posts: 2Member
    We ordered these and they're great.  Just this past weekend had to switch a fender from port to starboard and did it in a matter of seconds.  Very easy to install and use:

  • MotorBoatinMotorBoatin Posts: 7Member
    I foresee an issue using them as at the end of the day when you put the cover on, they may be poking into the cover hard and could damage the cover, also making it hard to snap the cover on, maybe not be able to at all.  Can anyone inform us on this issue? 
  • ftorrisiftorrisi Posts: 10Member ✭✭

    I had 3 little "u" rings mounted on the each side of the boat.  They are really small - just big enough to clip the bumpers (with a key-chain clip kind of thing - that way they unclip easily for winter storage) and it works awesome.....never have to worry about the bumpers and they hang well above the water - exactly between the the pontoon and the body.....inexpensive clips but because it was new, I had the marina mount them....there is no interference with the seat covers as they are mounted at the right spot.  I also had a 'mid-ship' ring installed so I'm able to tie another line from the middle of the we have our own dock and just adds a little more security.

  • DdancersDdancers Posts: 134Member ✭✭
    Here's how my bumpers are set up. Works well...........
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  • ChillaxinChillaxin Posts: 3Member
    Hey, Ddancers...that's a neat setup. Where did you get the hardware / clips to do that? What are they called? I also have a 2286 and nowhere to hang my fenders.

    Rob & Kresta

    "Chillaxin' II"

    Pensacola, Florida

    Blue 2014 Sweetwater 2286

    Yamaha F-70 LA 4-Stroke

  • DdancersDdancers Posts: 134Member ✭✭

    Hi Chillaxin - My Marina / Dealer provided them and some other items free when you buy . Here's a link to where you can buy them. Just have to bumpers but clip on both sides, very easy to switch sides when needed.

  • BoomerBoomer USAPosts: 321Member ✭✭
    Dale Hollow Lake Byrdstown Tennessee
  • MotorBoatinMotorBoatin Posts: 7Member
    I use the ones Boomer uses. 
  • CRFCRF Posts: 229Member ✭✭✭
    I had boomers type too, someone stole them and fenders at a marina in Key Largo last week.

    18 ft. Sweetwater Sunrise (F) Pontoon  "Slice of Life" ; 40hp. Yamaha

  • DdancersDdancers Posts: 134Member ✭✭
    That sucks.CFR. Sorry to hear it.. I have bumpers on the side that the boat next to me is on. On the slip decking side I don't use attached bumpers. Instead I lay 4 rope linked 8 X 24" bumpers in the water and attached to slip dock. They offer full cushion and protect the pontoon tubes as I enter the slip. It works great and I feel offer maximum protection.
  • CRFCRF Posts: 229Member ✭✭✭
    Sams has an Atwood 3 pk fenders for $18, just got them. Ordered my clips from Overtons also. Should be back in business for $40

    18 ft. Sweetwater Sunrise (F) Pontoon  "Slice of Life" ; 40hp. Yamaha

  • BoomerBoomer USAPosts: 321Member ✭✭
    Nothing worse than a thief
    Dale Hollow Lake Byrdstown Tennessee
  • DdancersDdancers Posts: 134Member ✭✭

    On Dock side I just lay 4 down, linked with rope tied to dock.

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