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Jarhead posted 06-02-2003 10:02 AM ET (US)   Profile for Jarhead   Send Email to Jarhead  
Please excuse the dumb question..

My 2003 16' Duntless is the first boat I've owned that I feel the need to protect from the bumps and scrapes of the dock.

Fenders are the obvious answer. I've done some searching on the Boaters World site and found several different types and sizes.

Now for the question. What type, size, manufacturer and outlet would you recommend?


stagalv posted 06-02-2003 11:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for stagalv  Send Email to stagalv     
Fenders are certainly great for protecting your boat. I have a couple I keep on my Montauk and actually use them often. The only problem is having a place to stow them. I tie mine to the bottom of my thwart seat and that keeps them out of the way.

I would just suggest to get the biggest you can conveniently stow on your boat. Also think about your attachment points so you know how much line to have for the fenders.

Marlin posted 06-02-2003 11:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
The flat foam So-Pac (?) fenders look like they'd store pretty easily, and maybe they could double as a seat cushion or something. They're pricey though, about $25/ea for the small ones, but enough space to store a couple of typical round fenders is hard to come by on this boat.
Tom2697 posted 06-03-2003 01:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom2697  Send Email to Tom2697     
While some may say this is wrong to do, I don't care. My brother and I used to use throwable cushions for short-term mooring of our '62 13. Granted we were 10 and 12 at the time. We would load that boat up with so much stuff that anything that had only one use usually stayed on the dock.

Now, in my 18' Outrage, I keep two 6" diameter fenders in with the anchor, and one 12 or 15" diameter fender in the splash well. The large fender also works as my anchor retreiver (use a large ring to run down the anchor line and the fender to float the anchor up). I still try to minimize single use items and I still keep 2 throwable cushions/"fenders" on board.

As for long term mooring, get the biggest fenders you can get and permanently attach them to the dock (if you can). Get many of them too. I've seen docks that have 4" diameter rope lining the dock, dock wheels at each corner and every 5 feet along the dock, and fenders at each piling and every cleat. They also had 8 fenders mounted on the bowrail (about 45' boat). May have been a "little" overkill but that boat looked flawless!

Jarhead posted 06-03-2003 02:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
Thanks for the replies guys.

The flat fenders suggested by Marlin sounded good so I looked around and found one on the BoatersWorld site made by Kwik Tek [$10 each] that should the trick.

I don't plan on long term dockage but if I ever do I'll be sure to get some bigger ones..

Thanks again.

tarbaby posted 06-03-2003 02:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for tarbaby  Send Email to tarbaby     
I like the round ones made by Taylor.White or orange. I think they are called "tuff- ends". They seem to keep you off of other boats better because you can get them in bigger diameters. They work well if you are rafting up to other boats but pretty lousy if you are tied to pilings. I like the cylinder shaped fenders that the rope runs through the middle for tying up to pilings. Shay
JohnJ80 posted 06-03-2003 11:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
fender advice:

1. Get the biggest you can reasonably store.
2. Go one size bigger

I had some 6" hole through the middle fenders holding my jet dock with whaler off of my main dock. In a big blow last friday nite with 30-40mph winds, 3 of the 4 blew out. I was at Boat US on Monday buying another $162 worth of fenders (3 each) for the same application. False economy to go too small.

The only ones that I have found that don't blow out are the big orange round ones made by Taylor that are often used by commercial applications. They are super tough, they hold up and the larger diameter is the way to go. They don't look the greatest, but they do hold up and do the job.

Fenders are like anchors, when you need one - you need it bad.


Jarhead posted 06-05-2003 09:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
After careful consideration of the advice given here I decided to go with 6"D by 24"L fenders.

When I picked them up today I thought they look too big but after putting them up to the side of the boat they were just the right size and fit nicely in the under console storage.

Thanks for the advice everyone...

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