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Re: Cheap Dock Wheel?
The Taylor wheels are inflated to very low pressure to provide a soft “landing” when your boat bears down on them. After a few years—despite their white color—they will leave marks on your hull. These marks are a form of dirt that can be scrubbed off.
However, I found a textile cover at the Newport Boat Show a number of years ago and it has worked like a charm. I don’t recall the manufacturer name, but it should be searchable on the internet.
When all is said and done, there may be cheaper ways to do a dock wheel, but the Taylor dock wheel, like my 12” version shown in the thumbnail, is cheap enough compared to other boat stuff and it does a proper job, especially with the cover (which is made of something like outdoor carpet.)