Re: Tires as Fenders
Talk to your slip neighbour... To your mutual benefit you could set up a couple of heavy duty bungee cords between the two boats, holding them both off the dock except for the times that one of you is away. If the space is adequate you won't need fenders between the boats, each boat can be tied so as to be a foot off the dock, and the bungees maintaining tension and the gap between boats is limited by your own dock lines.
When your neighbour is away for a time run the same idea across to the other finger.. you just need his/her agreement and cooperation but it shouldn't be a hard sell. We did this before after a fresh paint job.. didn't want fender rub and it worked for us both.
Raw tires are just wicked nasty.. covered tires works well but most marinas won't allow such heavy add-ons.
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