Dock without leaving the cockpit !! Eliminate boat fender hassle and risk.
Hanging the bow fenders on our cruiser was uncomfortable, so we tried different fender baskets and clip solutions but none solved the hassle. Now, using the Automatic Fender™, we can dock without leaving the Cockpit!
The Automatic Fenders deploy the fenders with a single push of a button, without the need to climb on the boat bow/deck. The fenders are stored horizontally under the railing, almost invisibly. The Automatic Fenders are made of a white, shiny PolyCarbonate/ABS and blend nicely with the boat; making them almost invisible.
Fender height from the water is set to support different height docks and rafting/tethering (boat to boat) tying. Installation and operation is very easy requiring only three clamps to connect (no drilling). No electrical connection to the boat is required; the Automatic Fender comes with rechargeable battery charged using a solar cell Bluetooth communication.
The Automatic Fenders can be controlled from any location on the boat and, are delivered with a unique username and password to prevent unauthorized operation and deter theft. They work with different size center (through) hole fenders.
From all fender Baskets, Racks, Holders, Hangers, Clips, Cages and fender storage solutions they are the best looking: The fenders are stored horizontally under the railing not blocking the captains view. They are the smallest fender solution by far and they eliminate the hassle and risk hanging bow and mid ship fenders.
Designed and manufactured in Silicon Valley, California.
Deploy/Lift with a single push
of a button
Beautiful, very strong and durable Polycarbonate/ABS product
Fenders stored horizontally under the railing, almost invisibly
Very simple installation & operation
No electrical connection to the boat, built in Solar and Bluetooth
Memorizes line length for your docking site
Supports different size center (through) hole fenders
Upgrade to self-activated Automatic Fender™!!
An Automatic Fender set box includes:
One Port and one Starboard Automatic Fender.
Username and password (requires Android, Amazon Fire or iOS device).
1 year limited warranty.
Care & Operation Instructions.
GET THE APPLICATION:
Use the app store to download the Boat Innovation Application on your phone or tablet.
Questions? contact us at: Sales@BoatInnovation.com or +1 (925) 418 2448.
Pictures and videos
Automatic Fender installation on a 34' Sea Ray Sundancer
Automatic Fender installation on a 40' Sea Ray
Automatic Fender installation on a 40' Regal
Automatic Fender installation on a 40' Tiara
Automatic Fender installation on a 36' Doral Boca Grande
Automatic Fender installation on a 32' Sundancer
Automatic Fender installation on a 29' Regal
The Automatic Fender™ Design
Our objective was to build a beautiful, very strong and durable product, which is very simple to install and operate. It required an innovative design:
Withstanding the line tension while docking
The line tension while docking may be very significant; withstanding that tension without building a very large and expensive product was one of the biggest design challenges. To handle the line tension/force we tested thick docking line implementations, a spring addition, a rubber stripe addition and quite a few additional creative options. Testing showed that the best solution is deflecting that force by using a strong and long Nylon line. The Nylon is a great shock absorber. The longer the line, the better the shock absorption it provides.
In a manual fender deployment the total line length from the fender to the cleat or stanchion is about 4 feet. The Automatic Fender’s Nylon line is 23 feet long and provides a great shock absorbing effect! It runs from the stanchion or cleat to the center hole fender and back to the Automatic Fender; the remaining line is being stored in a pulley inside the Automatic Fender. It provides a great, total of 23 feet, continues shock absorbing line.
Adding such a shock observer reduces the stress on the Automatic Fender, the boat’s cleat or stanchion and on the center hole fender.
To achieve best longevity and maximum strength a 50% Polycarbonate and 50% ABS, high pressure, custom made injected enclosure was developed. All bolts and nuts are stainless steel. All electronic parts are CRC Urethane conformal coated and are stored in a sealed enclosure. The solar cells are PET coated!
Easy installation without electrical connection to the boat
To reduce overall cost (product plus installation cost), the Automatic Fender can be installed easily by the boat owner. The product is self-contained using a Lithium Ion battery and Bluetooth connectivity, no electrical connection to the boat is required. The battery is kept charged by two solar cells:
In sunny days, while being exposed to the sun, the top cover solar cell is the main energy source.
In cloudy days or when being in a covered area, the large solar cell, in the front of the Automatic Fender, is charging the batteries using diffused light.
Each Automatic Fender has a microprocessor and a unique identification number. The identification number is stored in the company’s server together with the user’s unique username and password. Each Automatic Fender can be operated only by its assigned user!
Ease of operation
Username and password can be stored locally on your phone or tablet. The Automatic Fender application can be downloaded to multiple smartphones and tables. To allow seamless transition between different phones and tablets, all parameters and status of each Automatic Fender are saved on our server. We do not have access to and we do not store any personal information. We have access and store only information directly related to the Automatic Fenders.
Battery power management
While not being exposed directly to the sun, the large Lithium Ion battery can maintain power for about 9 months! That was achieved by:
Detailed power management of the Automatic Fenders Printed Circuit Board (PCB). The PCB is divided into several power sections and each section is enabled only while used. That way, a very minimal power is consumed while the Automatic Fender is stored or not being in use
Power management of the Bluetooth communication component: when the battery is fully charged and having strong irradiance the Bluetooth will “advertise” frequently and get connected seamlessly. When the boat is in storage or when the battery level is critically low the Bluetooth component is being moved to low power consumption mode (conserving power and connecting slightly slower).
The Automatic Fender is continuously being tested in two environmental Chambers:
First Chamber running temperature cycles -25 degrees Celsius (- 13 degrees Fahrenheit) to +75 degrees Celsius (167 degrees Fahrenheit)
The second Chamber constant at + 75 degrees Celsius which is the most extreme temperature
Both Chambers are at about 95% humidity and salt!
The Automatic Fender was tested while being underwater!
The Automatic Fender functionality is continuously tested on the company’s cruiser and running lift / deploy cycles in the lab. Few Automatic Fenders ran more than 200,000 lift / deploy cycles without a single failure!
A functionality similar to OnStar by General Motors monitors, from remote, the health of each Automatic Fenders and, if required, will generate Automatic Fender health alerts.
Automatic Fender cost drivers:
For highest strength and durability, the product enclosure is made of high pressure, custom injected, Polycarbonate/ABS. These parts are the highest component in the overall product cost. All bolts and nuts are stainless steel which provides the best longevity but come with a cost. The line is made out of strong Nylon and is 23’ long!
To allow a very easy installation with no electrical connection to the boat, two solar cells and a large Lithium Ion battery were added. Allowing electrical connectivity to the boat could have reduced the product cost but would have increased the overall cost (product plus installation cost). Therefore, a self-contained design, with no electrical connection to the boat was chosen.
The batteries used are Lithium Ion, which have many advantages (described in the Q&A section) but are higher in cost.
For best quality the product is built in the US; and we are charging only a very reasonable margin to be able to support our product and our great customers.
Each Automatic Fender™ is self contained, no wiring or drilling, just clamp it on and go!!
Automatic Fender installation on a 37' Bayliner
Upgraded to four Automatic Fenders
Automatic Fender installation on a 31' Bayliner
Automatic Fender installation on a 34' Sea Ray