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Pile Ring Review by Steve Morrell

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first saw this product at the Miami Boat Show in 2016. I believe the product has only been out a couple years. I immediately realized that this was a simple solution to an age-old problem—plus it has no installation, although if you do have some hooks or other protrusions on a piling, you’d have to remove them to slide this on, but that’s not much work. Once they’re on, they’re not going to float away and their not going to be easy to steal. The photo immediately show the advantage. They are made in New Zealand using a “one-piece moulding technique that seamlessly integrates a marine-grade stainless steel hoop into a high-quality Polyethylene buoy making it incredibly strong and long lasting.” The stainless hoop is 3/4-inch diameter and the shell is filled with closed-cell foam. If you hold a Pile Ring in your hand, you can tell it’s durable, solid and strong.

They come in two sizes and two colors (orange and black). Internal diameter sizes available are 15-1/2 inch and 21-1/2 inch, being six and seven inches tall, respectively. The Pile Ring can be attached at four different points—whether it’s four lines simultaneously, or just one or two. Bow and stern lines could be attached to a Pile Ring on a piling located midships. Or two neighboring boats could attach to one on a common piling. They are also resistant to marine growth, including algae, are UV resistant and made from recycled materials. They won’t mark your hull if your boat rubs against one. They seem reasonably priced at $300 for the 15.5-inch model, along with a 5-year guarantee, but they claim it will last 10-plus years. www.PileRing.com

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