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casey1999 03-18-2013 07:08 PM

Tires as Fenders
 
The way I need to tie my boat at the dock means that it is constantly hitting the boat fender. Dock is double wide with nothing between me and other boat, so no practical way to tie off boat to be completely free of the dock. And at times of big ground swell, boat actually does better when tied tight, with some slack on the lines to the dock (with fender profiding cusion).

Fenders are expensive and if punctured, will deflate and offer no protection. Thinking about using tires as a fender. Maybe cover with carpet to reduce boat scuffing.

Comments?

Minnewaska 03-18-2013 07:18 PM

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Well, you have to admit it would look a bit Beverly Hillbilly.

Taylor Made fenders have lifetime warranty against bursting or splitting. As you point out, they are expensive, but they are the last you'll ever pay for.

klem 03-18-2013 07:32 PM

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On larger commercial vessels and tugs, tires are routinely used as fenders.

The good things about them are that they are nearly indestructible and cheap. They will be used for years in really harsh conditions without any problems. You can get them from the junkyard which is nice too.

There are many cons that you should be thinking about. The biggest one to me is that they will mark up your topsides unless you are really careful to isolate them. Due to the stiffness of even softer tires, you will find that the boat comes up much harder against the dock. Another issue is that they are very heavy and unwieldly. Everytime you pull them up over the rail, you will probably get soaked (drilling a drain hole will help some) and you are in for a workout. There are also the looks to think about.

Personally, I would buy a few high quality oversized fenders and go that route.

Minnewaska 03-18-2013 07:50 PM

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Another thought. I'm certain that our marina wouldn't allow them.

Check with yours, unless you've seen others using them.

casey1999 03-18-2013 07:51 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Minnewaska (Post 1004366)
Well, you have to admit it would look a bit Beverly Hillbilly.

Taylor Made fenders have lifetime warranty against bursting or splitting. As you point out, they are expensive, but they are the last you'll ever pay for.

Actually that is what I have- the Big B I think they are called. Paid about $90 a piece. They do have life warranty- but read the fine print- does not cover "wear" damage- only burst or split. I got some old tires from my last tire change that are free. I will still use the Taylor- but think of letting the brunt of the fending be done by an old tire. Don't really care what it looks like, I'm tied to a "working" dock, just want to protect the boat.

casey1999 03-18-2013 07:55 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Minnewaska (Post 1004377)
Another thought. I'm certain that our marina wouldn't allow them.

Check with yours, unless you've seen others using them.

I'm not at a marina, it is called a boat harbor. Any thing goes as long as you do not drill holes in the dock, or use chains to the dock cleats. But a lot of boats have chains to the dock cleats, then go to an eye, then to dock line to the boat. The chain tears up the dock cleats, but the harbor master does not stop the practice. I do not use chain, but use anti chafe gear (old blue jeans and other materials). There are some boats using tires, whats the down side?

Minnewaska 03-18-2013 07:57 PM

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I've seen tires painted white and permanently tied to the dock itself. Not sure if that reduces the scuffing or just makes them look better.

casey1999 03-18-2013 07:58 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by klem (Post 1004371)
Due to the stiffness of even softer tires, you will find that the boat comes up much harder against the dock. .


Good point. Having the boat slam harder would be harder on boat hull as well as standing rigging (shock loads), I would think.

Lake Superior Sailor 03-18-2013 07:59 PM

Re: Tires as Fenders
 
If you want to use tires get them from the airport , no wire, not raidials & a better size....Dale

casey1999 03-18-2013 08:02 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by klem (Post 1004371)
Everytime you pull them up over the rail, you will probably get soaked (drilling a drain hole will help some) and you are in for a workout. .

The plan was to leave them at the dock. I did a test a few weeks back to see how I could tie them off. You are right, they are very heavy and somthing you want to leave on the dock.


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