Taylor Made Tuff End buoys are ideal for larger boats and rafting. Tuff End buoys feature heavy duty seamless construction to meet the punishing demands of the commercial marine industry. These inflatable vinyl fenders have are made from injection molded vinyl tested to 2000 psi tensile strength, the strongest in the industry!
Taylor Tuff End buoys are durable enough to withstand artic cold, tropical heat, oil, and chemicals. In addition to commercial marine and rafting applications, they work well as an inflatable net fender or sailboat racing marker. Tuff End buoys feature large line holes and accept standard shackles. The curved design hole prevents chafing. Choose orange or white in sizes ranging from 12 to 34 inches in diameter. Easy to inflate with a compressor or football-style needle valve.
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What are the ratings on these buoys in regards to how much weight they will hold up? Example if I have a chain anchored to the bottom, how many pounds of anchor chain would it hold up and still float?
What size rope will fit through the eyelet on a 15" ball?
The eyelet will accommodate an 1-1/2 rope. Thank you.
I just measured the ID of the eye on a 15" ball and it measures 1".
will this work for mooring a sailboat?
What is a 'regular' mooring buoy? My Taylor inflatable buoy is orange ... no top shackle. An orange buoy is not legal in Maine!! And, I don't care. It does the job beautifully. Maine boat moorings are supposed to be white with a blue stripe. 5 years now and still holding up beautifully. I don't find the absence of a top shackle a problem.
Yes, but it has no top shackle, so you will need a leader underneath for pickup. It likely will not last as long as a regular mooring buoy.
This is a fender, not a mooring ball. It has only one end to attach to. Even if it had an end on the bottom for a chain it could potentially pull apart in a blow. They make excellent fenders for a boat when attached to a slip. Leave them attached to the finger on a slip and you don't have to pull them aboard when you leave the the dock.
how do you inflate these buoys using a basketball pump and needle?
I really don't know about a basketball pump and needle.I used a small compressor with a blow gun attached.This may or may not help.Good luck
I would like to use an 18 inch diameter Round vinyl buoy to hold up an anchor rope in a river with a 8 mile an hour current. I fish for sturgeon and must detach the anchor when fighting a large fish. I use 100 ft of 1/2 inch anchor rope attached to an anchor in 50 foot of water. I need a quick disconnect system in order to follow the fish without loosing the anchor and rope. What diameter buoy do I need?
I don't have any experience on river, mooring or anchoring, and am on a lake where the largest mooring buoy is 24 inches and they are suspending chain. I would think if there is that much debris being swept down the river you will have a problem with any type of flotation device. You could try two floats tied 20 to 30 feet apart and gamble that one of them would stay visible.
I believe that should work just fine for you. I bought mine to use as a fender which is attached to the slip and not the boat. It's always there and I do not have to deploy fenders prior to docking.
Jerry,Thanks for the reply. Is your slip in a river current? I am concerned that the heavy current in the river, with possible debris accumulation, pulling the buoy under water while I am playing a fish.Don
what works best for cleaning these?
Use spray Roll Off with water. Let Roll off sink in. Apply elbow grease. Wash off with hose.Done.
We've had good success with a stiff nylon bristle brush and either a marine-safe cleaner (Spray Nine) if the buoy is in the water or a generic cleaner like Formula 409 if you've taken it out.
Best way to clean these is with regular boat soap. If it's really nasty use something like softscrub.
Acetone makes quick work of it... takes off a monolayer of the rubber, but leaves like new. Wash with soap and lots of water afterwards.
How do you inflate these bouys?
Pretty much anything, I use a small compressor with a air gun nozzel but you could use a foot pump (slow), hand pump (slower).
The bouys need to be inflated utlizing a needle, same as the one use to inflate basketball, volleyball or soceer balls. You place the needle thru the top nipple while using a little of oil to lubricate positioning of needle. Air pressure can come from an air compressor on a gas station or garage, also a bicycle tire inflator could be use. The buoy should not be inflate to maximum pressure or until very hard; you should leave it somehow fluffy to allow to absorb the pressure when too mcuh cushioning happens.
Hello,I purchased these Buoys from Jamestown last year. They are very easy to inflate with a air compressor and a pin used to inflate footballs, basketballs etc.... Don't forget to moisten the pin before you insert it into the valve. To deflate you unscrew the fitting with a phillips head screwdriver.Hope this helps.
You will need a large philips screw driver to open the valve. Then insert an inflation needle similar to those to inflate a football or basketball. Pump to desired inflation, remove needle, then reclose the valve with the philips screwdriver.
We took them to the tire dealership and they inflated them for us!
There is an inflate port near the handle (Anchor Ring). Unscrew the plug with a screw driver then add air with a normal conmpressor supported air hose or using a bicycle pump. That "inflate port" is made with a one way valve that allows the air to be pumped in but does not allow the air to come back out. When you have the buoy inflated to the prscribed pressure, replace the screw in plug you removed initially and your set to go. Easy and covenient. Do not over inflate.
What size buoy would I want for a 43' boat? I am using the buoy between myself and other boats out on the river.
I suggest using two 18" or 21" round buoys to fend off other boats especially with wave action and/or strong wind.
I have a 35' sailboat and I have found that the 15" size works very well. Of course, I have to use at least 2, sometimes 3 between boats of similar size.
I wish I had an answer for you. I use my buoy to moor my Venetian gondola in the lake. Am pretty sure there is a big difference between a gondola and a 43' boat. nola gondola
inflatable vinyl buoys
Have not installed yet, but they came as they should have. They are expensive, hopefully they will last. Will let you know.
Orange buoy floats
Used these buoys to mark off swimming area at the lake...easy for other boats to see..
On beautiful Lake Martin, Alabama
Could use inflation instructions.
Product arrived deflated. Had a difficult time discovering how to inflate them and there were no instructions included with the product.