IMPACT Featured in Durango Magazine!

We love living in Durango, Colorado! Who would’ve thought the hottest gear in boat protection would come from our landlocked corner of the world? Well…we did. For one thing, nothing is more fun than product testing on one of the many awesome lakes nearby. But we also owe a HUGE debt of gratitude to our local accelerator program for believing in us. 

The Southwest Colorado Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs (SCAPE) has been nothing short of instrumental in our launch and in our success. They’ve provided critical insight and ongoing mentorship as we grow. 

The 2021 summer/fall issue of Durango Magazine puts the well-deserved spotlight on the tremendous job SCAPE is doing at supporting entrepreneurs and driving job creation in the Southwest. We’re honored to be featured in the article, alongside other growing companies in our area.

Big, fat thanks to SCAPE and to Durango Magazine! Check out the article here, or better yet: subscribe for your annual Durango fix. 


It’s Saltwater Season and IMPACT Fenders are Ocean Ready!

It’s Saltwater Season and IMPACT Fenders are Ocean Ready!

As freshwater boating season winds down (at least for those of us who are landlocked or in the northern latitudes), these Coloradans are ready to indulge our growing sailing obsession with some Caribbean Westerlies. That’s right! It’s saltwater season, baby! For many captains of sailboats, center consoles, and cabin cruisers, you could easily argue that saltwater season is year-round. But we know you wouldn’t rub it in, right?

Especially in the warmer climates, we don’t think anyone is going to argue with the ideal weather and wind patterns that winter brings to Southern California, the Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, Florida, and the Caribbean.

When we launched IMPACT, we knew we wanted to build the best boat protection for all types of vessels. We were ski boaters with a curiosity about sailing and an unabashed support for any time spent on the water, in any type of boat. As we’ve traveled the country going to boat shows and meeting this wild, fun, sophisticated, and passionate extended family of boaters, our commitment to the needs of each boating category has only deepened. 

As saltwater season amps up, the number one reason to choose IMPACT fenders and bumpers are because they provide the best protection for your boat. Period. (For more details, read this.) Here are a few more ways IMPACT fenders are upleveling boat protection for saltwater sailboats, center consoles, and cabin cruisers.

    1. PVC-Coated Polyester is tough as nails. PVC is chemically inert and super resistant to salt corrosion and sun fading. It’s similar to the material most dinghies are made with. With a minimum of care, it’s not going to become brittle in our lifetimes. Honestly, that’s not too different from the marine grade vinyl used for most of the old school cylindrical fenders. Where PVC really shines in its high strength to weight ratio. This means our fenders are sleeker and lighter weight for equal or superior protection.  
    2. No inflation or compressor or pump necessary with IMPACT fenders. Many of the leading brands of cylindrical fenders need to be inflated. That means: extra steps, extra gear and extra vigilance around their effectiveness if those old-style fenders are over- or under-inflated. IMPACT fenders are ready to deploy straight out of the box, with no additional steps, pumps, or compressors.
    3. Rust-free grommets. Our grommets are stainless steel so they’re strong, durable, and won’t rust, even in the briny air and saltwater of the ocean.
    4. Multi-use in minimal space. Because IMPACT fenders are flat, they’re easy to stow, singularly or together. Sailors, especially, know this is a significant benefit when space is tight. Even better, IMPACT fenders can serve double, triple, and quadruple duty due to their shape. Extra seat cushions? Check. Knee pad for working on the engine or in a tight space? Check. Floatie toy for water play?* Check. Backrest at the helm? Check.
    5. IMPACT fenders provide a more sophisticated aesthetic. Why destroy the sleek lines of your Beneteau or clash with custom paint on your Boston Whaler with ugly fenders? IMPACT fenders flex to the shape of your hull for a low profile, maximum protection look. Plus, with 10 colors to choose from, you choose if your statement is subtle, bold, or somewhere in between.
    6. No gel coat scratching or color transfer. We’re in the boat protection business, which means we’re concerned with every threat to your boat’s pristine nature. Test after test and year after year, IMPACT fenders have shown zero gel coat scratching and zero color transfer. (For a deeper dive into gel coat questions, click here.) Boat in confidence that your choice of sunny yellow fenders won’t ever rub off on your all-black hull. 

For premium boat protection in freshwater AND saltwater, IMPACT is the top choice for effectiveness, performance, innovation, and downright good looks. 

Thanks, and we hope to see you at the ocean soon!

Brian & Courtney

Arizona Boat Show: Sportsmen, Boat and RV Expo This Weekend

impact fenders Arizona boat show Scottsdale, AZ
Photo credit: Dana Gerrard

We’re baaack…for another boat show in Arizona.

Grand Canyon state, we just can’t get enough of you. This weekend, the Impact Crew is in Scottsdale for the Sportsmen, Boat & RV Expo. Presented by WestWorld of Scottsdale, the show starts tomorrow, March 13 and runs through Sunday, March 15.

As the name implies, this EPIC boat (and more) show covers all things boat, alongside outdoor and fishing gear, RVs, trucks, campers and #vanlife inspiration. It’s the type of event that might persuade you to quit your job, sell your house and start that dream retirement…right now. Even if your response isn’t quite so…passionate…it’s the type of show that will certainly inspire some fun weekends.

Be sure to come by the Impact Fenders booth (#4158C). We love to meet more folks in our extended boating community, and we’ll have daily show specials that will be worth your time.

After taking care of all your boat protection needs at our booth, check out the full line-up of presentations. Get closer to landing the big one at one of the fishing seminars or plan your next adventure with RV and camping tips.

However you plan it out, the Arizona Sportsmen, Boat & RV Expo looks to be a fabulous time.

See you soon!

– Brian & Courtney


Arizona Sportsmen, Boat & RV Expo

March 13-15, 2020

Adult tickets (buy online): $12.00

16601 N Pima Rd
Scottsdale, AZ


Photo credit: Dana Gerrard

A brief introduction to Impact Fenders and boating.

Welcome to Impact Fenders 

Brian and Courtney are the co-founders of Impact CBS. We are driven to protect your boat and lifestyle!!!

Hello fellow boaters! My name is Brian Slaughter and I’m the CEO of Impact CBS.

We specialize in boat protection. Your boat is not only one of your biggest investments, it’s your fun, your passion, your hobby and your recreation. We get it. We get it because we’re lifelong water skiers and  boaters, too. And we founded Impact Fenders to improve and revolutionize the way we protect our boats. 

Our flagship products are premium boat fenders and dock bumpers, both of which are unlike anything you’ve seen on the market before. They are custom made in our shop and will deliver quality, performance, protection, and aesthetic appeal for years. 

The other half of the “we” behind Impact Fenders is my partner in business and in life, Courtney Gates. We grew up together in Lake Arrowhead, California, as competitive water skiers. We each followed different paths after the Arrowhead days, only to reconnect 25 years later and once again bond over our shared love of being on the water. We remain avid recreational skiers–making turns whenever possible in our Southwest Colorado neck of the woods.

We were coming into dock after a particularly fantastic morning, when we fumbled to get the imbalanced, awkward fenders in place. There was no catastrophe; we just dealt with the same old, awkward fenders that we dealt with every day. These things hadn’t evolved in 50 years. Our mission began by asking, “Why not?” 

After two and a half years of R&D working with inflatable plastics professionals, designers and tons of market research from fellow boaters, we introduced our first line of Impact Fenders and Dock Bumpers in 2018.

Impact Fenders are the lasting solution for performance sport boats, sailboats, pontoon boats, and yachts. As our brand has grown in each sector, experiencing the full-spectrum of the marine industry has been a gift to Courtney and I in our second chapter of life. We have met amazing people, and we’ve been inspired by the shared values and plain ol’ good times all boaters seem to embody. We’re meeting people like ourselves who are still out on the water year after year, and those whose eyes are lighting up to new experiences and adventures in all realms of boating and the sports you do behind your boat. 

My intention with this blog is to deliver relevant information around topics that you care about. Impact Fenders is all about protecting your investment, so your days on the water are fun and stress-free. Here on this blog, we’ll be diving into all of those aspects. From safeguarding your boat to buying the best boat for your favorite on-water sport, we’ll bring how-to’s, what ifs, and top tens to your inbox. (Sign up for our newsletter.)

If there are topics you’d like to know more about or would like to share here on this blog, please feel free to contact me.

Phew…first blog done!!! Thank you for reading. I welcome your comments and I look forward to an ongoing conversation.

Until next time, see you on the water!


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