What is the Difference Between Neoprene and Acrylic Fender Covers?

Owning a yacht is most certainly a dream come true! Although the maintenance and extra expenses may seem like a nightmare, there are many preventive things you can do to protect your beautiful vessel. One being fender covers.

While some people may not give too much thought to what material your fender covers are made of there is a difference. AERÉ Marine manufactures two different materials for fender covers; acrylic knit and neoprene.

So, what are the key differences between these two fender cover materials?

Acrylic Knit Fender Covers:
Our legacy fender covers, which we endearingly call Fenda-Sox®, are knitted from acrylic yarn material sourced right here in the USA. Fenda-Sox® are designed to protect your yacht from fender scuffs. Not only do the Fenda-Sox® provide the ideal protection they also are able to stop those annoying squeaks! The Fenda-Sox® are custom made in-house and made especially for our customers’ specific needs and sizes. We even offer custom embroidery so you can add a little extra flair to your fender covers. Made from our proprietary Fenda-Sox® material, these fender covers will be the perfect solution for you. From the yarn to the finished cover, all our Fenda-Sox® are made in the USA.

Neoprene Fender Covers:
The traditional knitted fender covers are undoubtedly susceptible to some stretching from water absorption and even wear and tear with use. With this knowledge and the consumer in mind, AERÉ created Fenda-Sox NEO. Fenda-Sox® NEO is made from Neoprene, similar to the type of material used in many wetsuits, however, ours is specially manufactured to AERÉ Marine’s specifications. This neoprene fender cover fits snug on the fender and will not stretch, loose shape or absorb water. Not only are Fenda-Sox® NEO soft to the touch, they are incredibly strong and durable. Another benefit to using Fenda-Sox® NEO is the cover will not damage the hull or your finish, and it is fitted on both ends, so no strings or toggles hanging down.

Each boat, every owner, and all the docking and rafting situations they will encounter are different. There’s no question that protecting your boat’s fenders from damage is the smartest way to ensure its longevity. But it’s even better when you can protect your boats finish in style. If you are on the search for the perfect pair of fenders to not only protect but also enhance the aesthetic, then look no further and check out AERÉ Docking Solutions.