35' Oday... Fin keel.
It may be bad form, but I'd rather intentionally bump a fender which is hanging over the side, than unintentionally bump the bow on the dock (which has also happened - usually when the able bodied crew person screws up while putting the lesson on cleating into practice). I haven't had a problem with gel, or fenders yet. You will also see the ferry between Martha's Vineyard and Woods Hole, or Orient Point, NY, and Groton, CT, do this as they pull in (except they usually don't have fenders out, and they "bump" a dolphin).
My deck is about 2' over the pier. This is a step (a big step). Call it "falling with style" if you want, but my point is that I do not want the crew jumping. Jumping implies forward movement over water between the pier and the boat. IMHO, it would be too easy for the jumper, or one of their appendages, to end up between the pier and the boat.
Last edited by eherlihy; 08-30-2011 at 03:27 PM.