D-FEND is a Hypalon© fender, totally handmade in Malta using only Orca Pennel et Flipò fabric, completely customisable and available in different colors.


  • Yacht & SuperYacht inflatable fenders

Protect your yacht on berthing operations and side collisions.


  • Fendering systems for pontoons & berths 

System designed for stern manoeuvres and alongside berths.


  • Bathing platforms and transom fenders

Protect your boat from water taxi, tender and water toys collisions.

What are the advantages of using an Hypalon© fender instead a PVC one?


  • Higher certified resistance

at the same thickness Hypalon© fabric resists up to 500% to ANY solicitation, to check the differences between PVC and HYPALON© read our blog here.


  • Gelcoat friendly

the Hypalon© fabric is neoprene, not plastic, therefore there is no rubbing surface able to scratch gelcoat on the vessel


  • 20% lighter

one of biggest advantages is that (always the same thickness) the specific weight is between 20/25% lighter accordingly to other component’s weight (such as shackles and lines) this because we care all the crew members (including women and elder people) can handle safely these devices even if alone


  • Long performance glue

typically a PVC fender glue lasts up to maximum 5ys even by keeping the device in good condition, then because of thermal gap, straight sun heat and overpressure, leaks occur and despite it is possible to fix, it is not worth it.



Our fenders are done good: the glue used is certified for 10ys by Big D® and the material is 5ys directly from the producer ORCA Pennel et Flipò. As we say in Big D®, we provide the best or nothing.


How many fenders do I need?

It’s important to consider factors such as the size, weight, and docking conditions of your superyacht when choosing fenders. It’s advisable to consult with experienced professionals, including yacht builders, captains, or marine suppliers, who can provide further guidance based on your specific needs.

Studying the number and dimension of fenders for a boat involves considering factors such as the boat’s size, weight, docking conditions, and personal preferences.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you study and determine the appropriate number and dimensions of fenders for your boat:


  • Assess your boat’s specifications

Consider the size, weight, and overall dimensions of your boat. Larger and heavier boats typically require more and larger fenders to provide adequate protection.


  • Evaluate docking conditions

Take into account the typical docking conditions you encounter. Factors such as the type of docks (fixed, floating), the presence of tidal changes, the likelihood of rough weather conditions, and the intensity of boat traffic can influence your fender requirements.


  • Research fender recommendations

Consult with boat manufacturers, experienced boaters, or marine suppliers to get recommendations specific to your boat type and size. They can provide valuable insights based on their expertise and knowledge.


  • Consider fender types

There are various types of fenders available, such as cylindrical, spherical, or inflatable fenders. Each type has different characteristics and offers varying degrees of protection. Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each type and select the one that suits your needs.

  • Determine the fender size

Fender size is typically measured by length and diameter. Consider the boat’s freeboard (the distance from the waterline to the deck) when determining the appropriate fender length. The diameter should be sufficient to create an effective cushioning effect between the boat and the dock or other objects.


  • Account for the number of contact points

Assess the number of contact points between your boat and the dock. This will help you determine how many fenders are required. For example, if your boat has multiple sides or areas that come into contact with the dock, you may need additional fenders.


  • Test and adjust

Once you have obtained the recommended fenders, test them out during various docking scenarios. Assess how well they protect your boat and whether any adjustments or additional fenders are necessary.

Fine-tuning the number and dimensions of fenders may be required based on real-world experience.


Remember, it’s always a good idea to seek advice from experienced boaters or professionals in the marine industry who can provide specific guidance tailored to your boat and docking situation.


Contact Big D® today on +356 77326435

How to protect the yacht gelcoat?


Protecting your yacht’s gelcoat from fender friction is important to prevent unsightly scratches and damage. Here are some hints you can take to minimize the risk:


  • Select the right fenders

Use fenders specifically designed for yachts with a smooth and non-abrasive surface. Look for fenders made from materials such as soft PVC or closed-cell foam. Avoid fenders with rough surfaces or those made from hard materials like rubber.

  • Properly position the fenders

Place the fenders in strategic locations along the sides of your yacht where they are most likely to come into contact with docks, other vessels, or potential friction points. Ensure that the fenders are correctly positioned and properly inflated to provide adequate protection.

  • Adjust fender height

Adjust the height of the fenders based on the water level and the dock’s height. This will help ensure that the fenders make contact with the dock or other vessels at the right position, reducing the risk of unnecessary friction.

  • Use fender covers

Consider using fender covers or socks made from soft and non-abrasive materials. These covers provide an additional layer of protection between the fender and the yacht’s gelcoat. We do produce covers specifically designed for your fender size and shape, ensuring a snug fit.

As additional point we can customize with your logo, name or design of your yacht

  • Regularly inspect the fenders

Inspect your fenders regularly for any signs of wear, damage, or embedded dirt or debris. Clean the fenders using mild soap and water to remove any contaminants that could potentially scratch the gelcoat.

  • Adjust mooring lines

Make sure your mooring lines are properly adjusted to minimize the risk of your yacht coming into contact with the dock or other vessels. Keep the lines taut but not overly tight, allowing enough room for natural movement without excessive rubbing.

  • Slow down and maneuver carefully

When approaching docks or other vessels, reduce your speed and maneuver carefully to minimize the chances of fender friction. Smooth and controlled movements can help prevent accidental collisions and excessive rubbing.


Prevention is key when it comes to protecting your yacht.

By following these steps and maintaining regular inspections and cleaning routines, you can help preserve the appearance and condition of your yacht’s gelcoat.

Our certification, our warranty

Today Big D® is the first and only company in marine industry for having tested and certified marine fenders.

Yacht fender, despite very expensive and made of PVC, never had the requirements of CE certification, RINA® or Bureau Veritas®.

I am proud for having carried on our test as first company ever, our RINA® certification is worth all the effort in building, testing and calculating the strenght of our fender.