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I use to make fenders the old fashion way. With old line that I've unlaid and then hitched in a fancy style around a short length of mooring line. The fenders were about 2.5 feet in length and 18" to 22" diameter. Works beautifully in protecting the boat. But was a tad heavy when soaked. Refer to the U.S. Navy's BM 3 & 2 manual on how to make one. Have also made puddings for the bow of a boat. Did this in the old style also.

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Do I have the right fenders?

Wondering if 6 1/2 inch in diameter by 23 inch Polyform are large enough for my 26 foot yawl rigged Nimble Kodiak. I have 6 of them. Also wondering what would work best for transiting canal locks, and that could be stored in the limited space of a narrow beam 26 footer. Hoping this question isn't too disruptive of this thread

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I'd go up to 8-9" fenders, at least three, anyways, so that you can use them on one side at least. I'd also highly recommend getting a fender board. They're very, very useful.

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Thanks for the suggestion to get at least a few larger fenders which I'll act on. Any suggestions as to where to stow a fender board? I have 6' or a bit more stowage under one of my cockpit seats. Anyone tried lashing one to the lifeline stanchions? Excess windage is a moot issue on a Kodiak given the barndoor of a pilothouse.

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Oh we use a long board 12 ft to run on 2 pilings most are 8-10 foot on center..and the fenders are about 7-8 ft apart
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I'm in the process of making up an twelve-foot long fenderboard that separates into two six-foot long fenderboards. I think it would be a really useful thing to have along... because sometimes, depending on how the pilings are setup, you need to have a longer fenderboard to keep the boat off the pilings, and sometimes having two shorter ones are nice, like when you're rafting up to a monohull, which has much more of a curve to the hull than a multihull does. If anyone is interested in it, when I'm done, I can post photos and such.

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SD - Please do. Fender boards are something I have so far done without but are worth having.

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Cool Fenders

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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Fenderboard

Here are a couple shots of my fenderboard chafe protection holes
Plus 2 shots of my storage, I keep board with kayak in rack over rail
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