Boat owners often ask our foam experts at Universal Foam Products, “Can I use Styrofoam for boat blocks? The answer is really ‘Yes’ and ‘No’! Yes – there is a great foam product that can support boats of all weights and sizes. However – it’s not ‘Styrofoam’ despite many people searching for ‘Styrofoam boat blocks’.
Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) – the right product to support your boat
Your boat blocks need Expanded Polystyrene or EPS, which is created under pressure to bond the polystyrene beads together. This is very different to Styrofoam, wrongly used as a generic name for many disposable ‘foam’ products. EPS foam is a material with high compressive strength, used throughout the construction industry and yet still lightweight to handle and move.
Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) – protecting your boat hull in storage
More and more marinas all over the country are buying EPS boat blocks for boat storage. As well as their strength, durability and low cost, they are popular because they will not scratch the surface of the hull of your pontoon boat, sailboat or pleasure boat. For this reason EPS blocks are replacing the traditional concrete blocks or steel boat stands found for many years in marinas.
Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) – used for all shapes and sizes of boat
Our team recommend the density of EPS boat block required, which can then be cut to shape before shipping or can be easily shaped or notched onsite.
A marina in Bracey, VA used 4 blocks of .9 lb density EPS 24” x 24” x 24” to store their pontoon boat.
In Big Pine Key, Florida, 1 lb. density EPS blocks 36” x 36” x 36” were used where the customer cut their own groove into the top of the blocks. Other customers leave the blocks as cubes.
Call our foam experts today at 410-498-0000. Get the boat blocks you need from the team at Universal Foam Products.