Join Date: Oct 2009
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Re: Fenders and Dock Boards, How Many?
Currently carry 3 on a 38 foot boat with good rub rails. Gets us from the cape to Maine.
When we had a 52 and sailed up in Fundy in the tides, we brought 4, a couple of fender boards, and a couple of big inflatable fenders. A few times adjusting against tides on fixed bulkheads, we were glad we had them all. Inflatables are great as they take up little room in more normal docking situations.
What you bring depends on where you cruise and plan to tie up. Agree with others that inflatables are a good solution if your situation is occasionally tricky, like tumblehome against pilings, vs rub rails that make things easier. Hard to fit everything you want on a small boat, need room for grill, fishing, dive gear, and other toys.