Originally Posted by FSMike
It's a shame your neighbor didn't know how to spring his boat off the dock. As a matter of interest I usually remove my fenders before departing unless I need one to spring off of.
Fenders are no substitute for a good rub rail.
Glad you brought this up. By "rub rail", do you mean the horizontal rubber trim strip 4 to 6 inches below the tow rail (deck), common on Catalina's (for example)?
Or, are you referring to the rubber bumper rails provided on most docks. If it's the former, they are far too high to protect the hull from the dock (In fact, I'm not sure what they actually do!)
If it's the latter, I wouldn't trust it to protect my hull on a public dock. One loose screw or nail could do some serious damage. Especially using the method in the OP. He could have had a twenty five foot gouge in his gel coat!
Anyway...please explain how the rub rail works.