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Local company introduces new type of boat bumpers

By Pamela A. Keene
Don’t call them fenders around Cal Miller. As principal of the Big Bumper Company, he knows the difference.
“Most bumpers are fenders, but fenders are not bumpers,” Miller said. “It isn’t just a difference in terminology; most brands of fenders are made of hard plastic and are smaller, usually not more than 6 inches in diameter. Ours are much larger, either 18 or 24 inches in diameter.”
Big Bumper Company’s bumpers come in four lengths – 2 feet, 4 feet, 6 feet and 12 feet. They can be used by positioning them vertically between boats and docks or horizontally.  
“Designed to help protect boats at docks or rafted up, Big Bumpers do a lot more to protect boats, no matter the hull configurations or the size of the boat,” he said. “This is definitely not a one-size-fits-all product.
“Our bumpers are made of re-enforced PVC, just like you see on high-quality inflatables like white- water rafts,” Miller said. “And our bumpers quickly inflate and deflate for onboard storage when not in use.”
The company’s products have been used commercially in large marinas, but Miller said that the company is focusing on marketing them directly to individual boat owners for personal use. The bumpers, which come in black or gray, can be inflated with a 12-volt pump. 
The product was developed in the Southeast. It’s being used in Australia, Canada and 23 states in the U.S.
“We’ve only been in business for two years, and we’re a small company, but we’re growing.”
Miller is a business-to-business marketing consultant who’s been boating since he was 8 or 9 years old. He lives on Lake Lanier.
“This is a high-quality product that’s designed to last,” he said. “From the materials we use to the quality of the valves, they are reinforced to tolerate wear. Even our packaging is high-quality.”
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.bigbumpercompany.com.
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