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Go to Sailorman and buy some of the dock/piling bumpers by the foot. I lined my 3 pilings with 5 ft each and it cost me $50 for the stuff and a few bucks more for stainless screws/washers. I then lined the horizontal dock spaces between the pilings with more rubber fender material, just in case the bow came in a bit tight and nicked it.
It beats leaving fenders out all the time which get eaten up by the florida sun and the constant friction.
BOW and West Marine carry the same stuff but at nearly 5x the cost.
BTW, make sure to check the pilings at really low tide...a lot of pilings are eaten away below the waterline and barely freestanding. If thats the case, people have taken those 12" diameter concrete footer paper tubes, slit them in half, put them around their pilings and poured concrete into them from the base of the piling up to the footer tubes end. Basically it encases the piling in concrete and provides a good 10-20 year fix....but you do have to look at the ugly footer paper tube slowly deteriorate over time. Beats a new piling which runs about $2000 per in FLL
Last edited by night0wl; 11-30-2009 at 10:05 AM.