Please select your home edition
Edition
Cyclops Marine 2023 November - LEADERBOARD

Hauraki Fenders- Taking New Zealand by storm

by Sail-World.com on 15 Mar 2015
Hauraki Fenders on the Elliott Tourer 1350 SW
For a country that takes pride in being one of the world leaders in the marine industry, there are some areas where New Zealand is playing catch up. Fenders for pleasure craft is one such area.

New Zealand appears to be stuck in the days when undersized, permanently inflated fenders were an accepted way to protect a boat’s topsides. But the world has moved on, and New Zealand hasn’t. Large inflatable fenders are now the norm in most parts of the world, in particular, the USA, the Mediterranean and Europe.

Inflatable fenders are the obvious fender solution once you understand how they work and the benefits of them.

While sitting at anchor you will often see people rafted up together having to fend their boats off whenever a large launch wake comes through a bay because their fenders are too small. That doesn’t make for a relaxing day as people can’t leave their boats for fear of them being damaged. The main reason people don’t have properly sized fenders is they can’t store them easily as they don’t have the space available on board.

Inflatable fenders solve that problem. You can have a large, properly sized fender when inflated, that you can deflate, roll up and store away easily while taking up very little space. These fenders have not made it into the New Zealand marine scene with any great significance until Hauraki Fenders was formed.


Hauraki Fenders is the brain child of husband and wife team Damon and Jacqui Jolliffe and leapt onto the Auckland marine scene in the mid-2014.

They have quickly gone from strength to strength. When asked how Hauraki Fenders came to be Damon Jolliffe replied: 'We understood the benefits of these fenders as they just make so much sense, and we quickly discovered they weren’t readily available in New Zealand.

'So we extensively researched what was already available in overseas markets. We combined everything we learnt and made a superior product.

'We went with an online business model so we don’t have the high overheads that are associated with operating a standard bricks and mortar outlet and we also offer our products directly to the customer; this removes the mark ups that are added by retailers and other intermediaries.

'Combining these three elements has created an unbeatable formula as the customer gets a premium product for a lower cost.'

Hauraki Fenders have been very well received.

'We have had an amazing response for our fenders, and this confirmed our suspicions that New Zealand boaties were just waiting for this product to be put in front of them,' Damon adds.

'In particular for the large inflatable series fender, there was so much demand that we ran out of stock well before we expected and had a number of back orders to fill'.


The Inflatable Series Hauraki Fenders are constructed from heavy duty, 1.2mm thick PVC fabric that is thicker than most other inflatable fenders that are only 0.9mm thick.

The seams are heat welded together with doubler tapes in a controlled environment to ensure a strong, high-quality join is achieved.

Each fender has two reinforced stainless steel D-ring attachment points, one at each end. This allows every fender to be hung either horizontally or vertically. The fenders are fitted with a standard inflatable boat inflation/deflation valve.

Either a normal inflatable boat pump or a small electric pump can be used to inflate the fenders. The fenders can be easily deflated and rolled up to a compact size for easy storage.

With products to suit all types of vessels from a 20ft yacht to the 100ft Supermaxi Rio 100 which underwent a major refit by Cookson Boats last year, Hauraki Fenders has an option for everyone. But don’t think that an inflatable fender is just for fending off other boats in a raft up or at a dock!

Hauraki Fenders customers use their fenders for everything from floatation devices inside sailing dinghies, to racing marks and buoys, to water toys, to air-bags to rest tenders.

As well as doing inflatable fenders, Hauraki Fenders also offer a range of fender covers for their products.

The fender covers are made are from a tough interlocking polyester fabric that has unique stretching capabilities to create a snug fitting fender cover. They are tough wearing and look great.


If you are going to use your fenders a lot, then covers are definitely recommended. Damon explains: 'The covers serve two main purposes: to protect the fenders from the UV that as we all know is particularly harsh in New Zealand; and to protect them from being damaged by any abrasive surfaces'

With a fender solution perfect for any size boat, and for any purpose, whether you are cruising the far North or exploring Fiordland, Hauraki Fenders has the ultimate fender solution for you!

For more information on Hauraki Fenders and their products, please visit their website www.haurakifenders.co.nz

Flagstaff 2021AUG - Oceanis 40.1 - FOOTERNavico AUS Zeus3S FOOTERRS Sailing 2021 - FOOTER

Related Articles

RS21 Class supports Inclusion Sailing
With the International Inclusive Keelboat Championship 2024 The International Inclusive Keelboat Championship 2024 is the first event of its kind; a World Sailing recognised, one-design keelboat class that can categorically be celebrated as pure inclusion sailing.
Posted today at 7:00 am
WASZP clean sweep of Foiling Awards
Awarded in Genoa based on votes cast online by the global foiling community The seventh edition of the Foiling Awards has its winners. The prizes for the best foiling athletes, projects and products of the last 12 months were awarded in Genoa based on votes cast online by the global foiling Community.
Posted today at 6:23 am
Sydney International Boat Show platform for change
To discuss and drive change around wider issues impacting the marine industry Whilst record crowds and exhibitors are anticipated, organisers are aiming to use the Show as a platform to discuss and drive change around wider issues impacting the marine industry.
Posted on 22 Apr
Maiden wins the Ocean Globe Race 2023-2024
First all-female crew to win a Round the World Race On Tuesday 16 April 2024, in a brisk northerly breeze the iconic yacht and her young all female crew from around the world crossed the finishing line at 1152hrs completing the 4th and final leg of the Ocean Globe Race.
Posted on 22 Apr
Last Chance Regatta at Hyères, France Day 2
Team USA hopeful targeting place at Paris 2024 Olympic Games Team USA windsurfer Noah Lyons has put himself on course for a place at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games this summer after day two of the Last Chance Regatta.
Posted on 22 Apr
Maiden wins McIntyre Ocean Globe
IRC win official! The first ever all-women crew to win an around the world yacht race Maiden UK has taking first in IRC handicap rankings against a 14 strong fleet of very experienced and committed sailors. They have also been written into the history books as the first ever all-women crew to win an around the world yacht race.
Posted on 22 Apr
Armstrong Foils announce the Alloy System
The Alloy System is signature Armstrong but in a different price range than carbon Armstrong Foils announce their first non-carbon mast and fuselage. Gorgeous design, manufacturing finish and riding performance that's signature Armstrong but in a different price range than carbon. Choose between three mast and two fuselage lengths.
Posted on 22 Apr
Cup Spy Apr 22: Kiwis stress test in 30kts
Day 7 with ETNZ sailing Taihoro AC75 on the Hauraki Gulf Emirates Team New Zealand started the new week with a courageous display of heavy air sailing in their new AC75. They emerged with no apparent damage, despite pushing the AC75 at race pace in an offshore breeze that was recorded as gusting at over 30kts.
Posted on 22 Apr
Emirates Team NZ train in 20-30kts
Emirates Team NZ sailed their new AC75 in winds of 20-25kts and gusting over 30kts Emirates Team New Zealand sailed for the seventh day of sailing in their new AC75 in winds of 20-25kts gusting over 30kts. Auckland based videographer, Justin Mitchell captured the action from ashore in this extended video.
Posted on 22 Apr
Scotty Dickson wins 14th Career Ficker Cup
Perfect conditions for the event at Long Beach Yacht Club Long Beach's champagne conditions and superior racing by eight world class skippers over three days ended with Scotty Dickson claiming his 14th Ficker Cup over 24 years!
Posted on 22 Apr