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It depends how you are moored and how you mooring are done and the set-up of your fenders are.
We have a 48ft steel (heavy) sailing boat, we used to tighten up the mooring as tight as possible to stop her heaving around in the wind and associated swell however latterly we have changed things a bit, we have our fenders mounted on the pontoon arm/dock.
As we aren’t a live aboard so it isn’t an issue to get on and off, we leave the ropes a bit slack and when it blows hard put extra ropes out pulling us off the fenders as they wear away the finish.
We try and pull her off as much as is possible most of the time (without being a pest to our neighbour) this has saved the paintwork no end.
I am not convinced fixed fenders are the best thing I think if they are properly attached to the boat and that they cant roll out (as the boat rolls in the wind) they probably do less damage to the paintwork.
The other trick is to use heavy mooring ropes, ours are many sizes bigger than we need (but it’s good for piece of mind).
Before we kept the boat in this marina she was on a drying area with four sets of ground chains and one gale she snapped the two aft ½" ground chains with the surging backwards and forwards, the boat ended up across the sterns of 6 other boats, higher up the harbour, it was only a small tide and she should of only floated for ½ and hour in the row she should have been in, and never floated in the next row, she was afloat for 5 hours, when the gale went through the tide dropped and she was dry in no time just like someone pulled the plug out!
I agree with xort, tesannon, TrueBlue.
Last edited by mallo; 11-15-2007 at 08:00 AM.