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Floating Dock protection

Every year I get a new victim to let me use their boat for the season.
This year I have a bristol 32 at a floating dock.

This boat with a full keel is the least maneuverable boat I've ever shared for a season. The slip is subject to strong currents.

The end of the finger pier has a piling. The end of the dock instead of the half round pipe to capture the piling has a 2" square rectangular steel box section with extremely sharp corners.

I will be docking and de-docking by myself and would like a little protection.
I can buy some commercial rubbing material and/or fenders for the dock.
What else would work that might me just as effective but cheaper.
How do I protect the sharp corner of the steel box section?

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Re: Floating Dock protection

West Marine sells these Taylor Made Corner Guards. Find a source for large, thick electric ties to go around the metal bar and the corner guard to secure the guard to that area. I would put holes in the edges of the guard for the electric ties to pass through so they don't work themselves free, dropping the guard. The uv will eventually eat the ties but they should last a season or two before replacing.

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Every year I get a new victim to let me use their boat for the season.
This year I have a bristol 32 at a floating dock.

This boat with a full keel is the least maneuverable boat I've ever shared for a season. The slip is subject to strong currents.

The end of the finger pier has a piling. The end of the dock instead of the half round pipe to capture the piling has a 2" square rectangular steel box section with extremely sharp corners.

I will be docking and de-docking by myself and would like a little protection.
I can buy some commercial rubbing material and/or fenders for the dock.
What else would work that might me just as effective but cheaper.
How do I protect the sharp corner of the steel box section?
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...What else would work that might me just as effective but cheaper.
How do I protect the sharp corner of the steel box section?
A used small compact car, or motorcycle tire cut in half? Zip-tied to the piling cage....?

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A used small compact car, or motorcycle tire cut in half? Zip-tied to the piling cage....?
Having once had to lay against black (discarded) tire "fenders" on a commercial pier, I can attest that the (skid) marks they can/will leave on your hull can take hours/days to remove unless the tires are covered with some type of fabric or fleece.

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Having once had to lay against black (discarded) tire "fenders" on a commercial pier, I can attest that the (skid) marks they can/will leave on your hull can take hours/days to remove unless the tires are covered with some type of fabric or fleece.

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No doubt, but my suggestion was for a cheap protection device, not to lay against. Your idea of covering the tire with fabric, etc. is a good one tho.

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