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Hunter, you don't tie the boat directly to the buoy. Typically you'll tie two ten-foot long lines to the ring on the top of the buoy, and bring each of those up to a bow cleat on your boat. The wind or current will keep your boat off the buoy most of the time. Yes, sometimes it will rub up but mooring buoys are usually required by law to be large WHITE buoys with blue marks, and the white vinyl(?) doesn't seem to mark hulls.
All of the hardware, from the bottom of the mooring to the rod in the ball and the connections to the lines, has to be inspected for chafe and wear regularly. If something pops and your boat breaks free--that's a much bigger worry.