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TROUBLES~ Docking the 15' Sport
|Author||Topic: TROUBLES~ Docking the 15' Sport|
posted 01-01-2006 08:53 PM ET (US)
Seems the Bow has a tendency to ride up on the dock due to the flair. I took out a dock cleat yesterday due to unique hull design [and some gel coat]. Any ideas on fender placement??? There is no convenient place on the bow rea flair to affix fenders without adding some cleats?? The 13' Sport looks about the same.
posted 01-01-2006 08:54 PM ET (US)
Floating docks are the problem!
posted 01-01-2006 09:52 PM ET (US)
Hi, also the proud owner of a 150 sport. I did the exact same thing once - very easy to do! I damaged more than gel coat, I chipped the fiberglass. The best solution to the placement of the fender to tie it on the bow rail. If you don't have the full bow rail on your boat, a cleat is the only option you have. Just be sure to seal drill holes before installing the cleat - don't want any water damage.
posted 01-01-2006 10:41 PM ET (US)
I guess we've been lucky and haven't had a problem with that. We do hang a fender forward from the bow rail. Using Gorilla Grips to hang the fenders helps place them anywhere along it quickly, and doesn't let it slide along the rail.
posted 01-02-2006 10:19 AM ET (US)
Keep em coming!
Don't have the full bow rail only the side rails. I'm thinking of hanging my large fender ball from the fprward part of the rail, that may keep it off the dock.
Sort of like fulcrum action transom goes out and bow goes over dock.
posted 01-02-2006 10:49 AM ET (US)
posted 01-02-2006 06:55 PM ET (US)
What about one of those flat foam fenders on a tether attached to the bow eye with a line on the other end of the fender that would be tied to the forward part of the side rail on either side?
posted 01-02-2006 08:42 PM ET (US)
I added two on my BW Conquest 255.
posted 01-03-2006 08:30 AM ET (US)
Glad I wasn't the only one to do that with my 150! As it was my first Whaler, I was not quite used to such bow flair, and lost a bit of gelcoat twice. I just moved up the forward fender to the point where it was just ahead of the 2nd rail stanchon--back from the bow. I also got a larger pair of fenders for the bow, and still had to watch carefully at the ramps I used, which both had floating docks.
In my new Ventura, I'm wet slipped, between pilings. Now I give my rubrail the workout^_^
posted 01-03-2006 11:22 AM ET (US)
How about protecting the dock rather than the boat. If you consistantly tie up in the exact same slip or spot, install a heavy white rubber strip, or fix multiple smaller fenders along the dock.
posted 01-03-2006 12:58 PM ET (US)
Have you tried the bass boat syle fenders that curve over the gunwales? These tend to stay in place better on low freeboard boats like your 15. There are lots of ways to attach them without installing cleats, including big suction cups, which work surprisingly well.
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