Tires as Fenders
The way I need to tie my boat at the dock means that it is constantly hitting the boat fender. Dock is double wide with nothing between me and other boat, so no practical way to tie off boat to be completely free of the dock. And at times of big ground swell, boat actually does better when tied tight, with some slack on the lines to the dock (with fender profiding cusion).
Fenders are expensive and if punctured, will deflate and offer no protection. Thinking about using tires as a fender. Maybe cover with carpet to reduce boat scuffing.