Updated June 16, 2020 by Sam Kraft

The 10 Best Boat Buoys

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This wiki has been updated 8 times since it was first published in July of 2018. If you’re planning on spending some quality time out on the water — whether sailing, fishing or simply boating for pleasure — sometimes mooring is a better, more convenient option than standard anchoring. These buoys, which are typically shaped like a ball, can serve as a handy place to tie up, especially in areas where you want to make a point of not damaging underwater coral. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best boat buoy on Amazon.

10. Extreme Max Slalom

9. Airhead Float

8. X-Haibei Bumper

7. Taylor Made Tuff End

6. Taylor Made Pickup

5. Dock Edge Commercial

4. Taylor Made Mast

3. Atwood 9350

2. Taylor Made Sur-Moor

1. Polyform A Series

Special Honors

Danfender Mooring Danfender offers mooring buoys and marker balls in both inflatable and foam-filled designs. The inflatable models are built with heavy-duty metal valves, both for easy inflation and reliable air retention. The foam buoys are made with hard shells and a tough coating for protection. danfender.com

Blue Ocean Steel Fishermen and pleasure boaters will do fine with small, inflatable balls, but operators of commercial ships may be interested in these huge steel buoys. Painted with red primer, they’re available in three sizes — the largest is 58 inches in diameter and weighs 679 pounds. blueoceantackle.com

Editor's Notes

June 12, 2020:

Adjusted the listing of the Extreme Max Slalom, pointing out that while it’s quite affordable, it’s somewhat fragile compared to some of the more heavy-duty models available. We also noted that the Taylor Made Pickup is ideal for use with small, personal watercrafts like jet skis.

When evaluating the Polyform A Series, we discovered something interesting: it has developed a solid reputation for use as a punching bag as well as a boat buoy. People fill it with water and hang it from the ceiling, and many tout it as an affordable alternative to purchasing an expensive punching bag of the traditional variety. Noting its exceptional performance (as a buoy), we also upgraded this item.

Added the X-Haibei Bumper to the rankings, which come in a set of two. While they’re effective, we do indicate that the color may fade due to exposure to the elements over time. Danfender Mooring — one of the listings in the Special Honors section — offers several foam-filled buoys in addition to inflatable models.


Sam Kraft
Last updated on June 16, 2020 by Sam Kraft

In addition to his corporate career as a marketing and communications professional in Chicago, Sam runs a popular blog that focuses on the city’s flourishing craft beer and brewery scene. He received his degree in journalism from DePaul University (which spurred his interest in freelance writing) and has since spent years developing expertise in copywriting, digital marketing and public relations. A lifetime of fishing, hiking and camping trips has left him well-versed in just about any outdoors-related topic, and over several years spent working in the trades during his youth, he accumulated a wealth of knowledge about tools and machinery. He’s a travel junkie, a health and fitness enthusiast, and an avid biker.


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