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Toad2001 posted 09-24-2001 05:34 PM ET (US)   Profile for Toad2001   Send Email to Toad2001  
I tow my 15' GLS. Sometimes when docking, the BW must fend for itself (minor rubbing/bumping on a smooth faced wooden pier) until I get the big boat secured, then deal with the BW. The stern corners of the rubrail where they meet/srew into the transom are vulnerable to damage. They are OK now, but before I mess them up too badly, has anyone found a solution to protecting this area? I envision an adhesive rub strip or "fender" that could be mounted in this area. I don't want it to look nerdy. Any ideas?
Tsuriki BW posted 09-24-2001 05:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Toad..

Look Nautical...put out fenders.

I do on my Dauntless 14. Damage or Image. Which is more important?

Tsuriki

Taylor posted 09-24-2001 07:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
How about a pair of those corner protectors for docks? "Dock Bumper, Corner 10" Each Side, Black 276258 46076 $12.99". (or white) You could fasten some shock cord so they'd come on and off. Too dorky?

The yachty way to protect is a rub rail made of 3ply line. I wonder if there is a way to retro fit that into a whaler rub rail.

Combine these too ideas with a long summer day and time on your hands and you could probably do some sort of fancy rope work.

Oh, sorry, 60's macrame' flashback!

Taylor posted 09-24-2001 07:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
I just noticed... Its a GLS. Forget the ropework idea.
Toad2001 posted 09-24-2001 10:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Toad2001  Send Email to Toad2001     
A fender may not be of much help. The BW tow eye is secured to the centre of my tow boat transom. It is only the stern corner of the BW that comes in contact with the dock. Tough to get a fender to mount and have it stay in position in that area...
Maybe I will try something basic like foam pipe insulation from Home Depot. A .59 cent idea...
Thanks for the input so far...
rwest posted 09-25-2001 07:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for rwest  Send Email to rwest     
How about bringing the smaller Whaler up alongside the larger boat just before you reach the dock. Doing an alongside tow in protected waters is standard ops for the USCG. All you need is to bring the smaller boat up just ahead of your stern, tie a bow, stern and two springs and the boat will be protected from the dock. Be sure to put the small Whaler on the outside of your boat so that when you lay the larger boat against the dock, the smaller one is not being pinned in.
Taylor posted 09-25-2001 05:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
Look at this page at WestMarine: http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/commerce/command/CategoryDisplay?cgmenbr=201&cgrfnbr=299 . There is something there called "Gunnel Guard" and if you click down there is some installed all around a 13' (?) whaler. Also under Taylor (no relation) dock bumpers and guards are those corner guards I mentioned before.

Glad to hear you shorten up you tow line before landing. I hate it when it gets sucked into the props. :(

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