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TRAFFICLAWYER posted 01-01-2006 08:53 PM ET (US)   Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER  
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.
TRAFFICLAWYER posted 01-01-2006 08:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
Floating docks are the problem!
boatman1979 posted 01-01-2006 09:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatman1979  Send Email to boatman1979     
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.
Moe posted 01-01-2006 10:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
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.

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Moe

TRAFFICLAWYER posted 01-02-2006 10:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
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.

HuronBob posted 01-02-2006 10:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for HuronBob    
Mooring whip?

http://www.boatownersworld.com/mooring_whips.htm

Moe posted 01-02-2006 06:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
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?

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Moe

good_enough posted 01-02-2006 08:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for good_enough  Send Email to good_enough     
Hi TL,


Fender cleat?

http://www.overtons.com/cgi-bin/overtons/order/large.cgi?35468

I added two on my BW Conquest 255.

Good luck.

tombro posted 01-03-2006 08:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
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^_^
hardensheetmetal posted 01-03-2006 11:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for hardensheetmetal  Send Email to hardensheetmetal     
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.

Dan

andygere posted 01-03-2006 12:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
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.

http://www.boatersland.com/tay31005.html

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