Boat Dock Rollers | The Ruler of Boat Protection
Okay, this is wham guard, podcast episode, number 6, and we will be talking about WhamGuard rotating bumpers and how they compare to other boat dock rollers that are available. This is wes hamilton hello and he is the founder and owner of wham guard lion, guard rotating bumpers and all things WhamGuard, and we are going to be looking at boat dock rollers, there’s and the typical ones that everybody thinks of out. There are the ryan, o, rollers i, believe, but you’ve been telling me there’s other rollers out there that maybe don’t work as well as a WhamGuard Rotating Bumper probably been out there longer than even the rhino rollers, and some of them are that taylor made dock wheels and there’s been a lot of kind of knockoffs. Of that the astronauticsdock wheels make been out on the market for quite a while and typically what they are just think of a little donut or a little tire is what they are saying them and they’re kind of a low profile they attached to the deck of the boat dock typically would just would like screw screwed into a wood. Deck is how they attach it doesn’t sound very sturdy. Typically after one good hit, these taylor made dock wheels will rip out of the deck of your dog caught modeling, potentially causing damage to your boat when it hits it that hard and gives away, but it messes up your dog because it pulls out the wood screws from the decking of your dockyeah that they operate similar. Likewise, it’s hard words to say, but yes, if they they spend, but they are a very low profile and trying to get a mental picture for you guys just think of a and the 12 inch or 10 inch diameter wheel. That would like go on a lawn mower, but it isn’t quite as thick white gets looking pretty nasty, pretty quick so as a wheel that that functions as a boat dock roller. How is a winegard going to be a better alternativewell for one? It’s made out of a high density. Polyethylene says the winegard is and in it the attachment to it. It’s attached to the the post, the upright post on your dock, which is one of the strongest pieces of your docket. It attaches to that and rotates around the post, where the other boat dock rollers have brackets at the top and the bottom, and that attach that are steel brackets and that are all exposed to potentially hitting your boat. When it’s the same thing with the the the doc will rotating rollersthey they attached with a steel plate, but they don’t cover very big profile where the wind guard covers in 13 and a half in, and you can always add more well with the the dock. Wheels. Those rollers don’t come very, very big area and you can only have one area and it really only covers about 3 in so with the so. You mentioned the wheels and you’ve mentioned the rhino boat dock rollers. What what other options are out there for boaters? Well, a lot of people who don’t have any dock rollers, and typically the marinas and dock builders. The standard thing that they put on the dock or post cushions in these posts christians in the really on half of the upright dock post support and some of those are the k&r post cushions and there’s other ace roto mold makes a post cushion in the real thin plastic in really they don’t do that yet into to launcher dock in their slip. The space in between the plastic in the steel is i, don’t i, don’t want to say a half inch, so if about hits it real hard, what typically happens? Those are attached with self-built drilling screws that are drilled through the upright post and usually with any significant impact in it. It will share those self drilling screws off so specially for marina owners. It’s the upright roof support poster made out of steel, galvanized steel, and once you drill through that still it weakens it to potential rust and a lot of marina owners. It is significant investment, so they hate drilling through any of the galvanized steel cuz it. It starts the rusting process process quickly or help the marina owner. Then it sounds like the things that they have right. Now, aren’t really that great, it is such an easy attachment and none of the attachment has to be drilled on. So it is a high density, polyethylene bushing that goes around the galvanized, upright post and then is titan together around that post with the for three quarter, inch long, bolts and nuts, so you don’t have to do any drilling or damage to your structure there at your marina or your own personal. What about the typical boat dock rollers like when everybody thinks the boat dock rollers, they think of those and they’re I think they’re, yellow their big long attachment that go on the dock. I mean we would have been marina owners generally challenge. What challenges did marina owners generally find with those attachments? You’ve got a deal at the top and the bottom with a bracket and that it then the cylinder attaches to that bracket. Well, that top still in the bottom, still that’s attached to the upright post. If it gets a significant impact, it wants to bend the steel brackets 1up bend on the post, so it has a day a potential to damage the post that it’s attached to because of the steel clamping that is on those difficult boat dock rollers. So the typical boat dock rollers have been a solution, maybe for the last 20 years, but it doesn’t sound like it’s been that great of a solution for either the boat owner or the boat dock owner. What are some of the challenges that you’ve seen? I mean you’ve spent 20 years on the lake? What what typically have you seen in terms of challenges with that boat dock roller? What happens to it when Boat Dock Rollers it’s been hit a lot or slammed alive swing? The attachments that the metal brackets will rotate on the upright post that it’s attached to sew the cylinder supposed to be straight up and down, but typically one of the brackets, if it gets hit hard, will go one way and the other bracket at the bottom will go the other way.
So the roller is actually at an angle rather than straight up and down or perpendicular with water. It’s at at an angle. What does it doesn’t protect the boat or at all when they’re they’re coming into that can’t happen with a wham guard? Bumper cannot happened. Everything stays attached in around the upright post. In the end, there’s no metal actually touching the pope post. The only metal that is on a winegard is very small bolts that are covered in plastic. So you, your boat, can’t even can’t even get into the little bitty boat bolts that are attached to it, and the winegard attaches directly to the post for the boat dock, correct and talk a little bit about the strength of the post versus the strength of the typical boat dock roller. Well, the post is one of the strongest structures on the dock, so they having the the high-density polyethylene enveloping the the post in something in the way from guard actually rotates or spins, or rolls and typically the other dock rollers don’t roll one she had on, but the wam guards roles every time does orbs and absorbs and redirects you safely into your slip, protect your boats that the winegard might actually be a better choice. Many years I’m trying to overcome and assess motors in safely getting their boats into the boat dock slip