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post #22 of Old 05-20-2008
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Not a big fan of tying the fenders to the lifelines. That can put a lot of strain on the stanchions, should a fender get caught under a dock or such... and damage the stanchions or lifelines. You're generally much better off installing specific hard-points for the fenders, or using the base of cleats and stanchions to tie them to. This way, they can't damage anything if they do get caught.

Originally Posted by Bilikin View Post
The first and most important step in keeping off the dock is the lines. Bow and stern set to keep the boat off high and low tide, spring lines to keep it off for and aft.

Then I tie the boat bumpers on the life lines with adjustable line with a half hitch. I can slide this on the lines to allow the fender to ride higher or lower. In addition I can slide the line taunt when sailing and the fender is off the hull, off the deck and imediately available if needed. No need for those extra wire holders. Must keep it clear of any of the Jib sheets however, so some experiment is needed. As for covers...don't use them, find they mold and mildew and end up being more to clean.


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