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Best way to make fenders easy to use...

I am likely going to be doing more and more singlhanding or pesudo-singlehanding with the family aboard. Currently I tie off my fenders with a rolling hitch or 2 round turns and 2 half hitches. Ideally, I'd like them to be very quick to deploy or switch sides.

There are innumerable fender hanger-adjuster-widgets out there, which I take as a bad sign that none of them work very well. What have you found works best?

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Re: Best way to make fenders easy to use...

We use a plastic hook from a bungee tied to the end . I simply hook it in through a slot in the toe rail from the outside with the hook pointing up. The more weight, the tighter it gets. Haven't lost one in 6 years.
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I agree that it seems to be the modern day mouse trap. Lots of "improvements" but none really look like they would work except in certain circumstances. What kind of toe rail do you have? I really hate seeing them hanging on the life lines, because if they get pulled it can bend the stanchions.
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I agree that it seems to be the modern day mouse trap. Lots of "improvements" but none really look like they would work except in certain circumstances. What kind of toe rail do you have? I really hate seeing them hanging on the life lines, because if they get pulled it can bend the stanchions.
Right, sorry, didn't tell you what I'm working with. Also I don't have a good cockpit picture, but I'll try and describe it.

In the cockpit I have a teak handrail at the top of 1" SS stanchions, with wire running through the middle of the stanchions. Lee cloths in the cockpit. Forward of the cockpit it is standard 2 wire stanchions. I also have a holy toe rail all the way around the boat, including the cockpit.



I don't like the idea of clipping them to the top lifelines either but.... I also HATE seeing lubberly folks leaning waaay over the lifelines in order to affix them to the holy rail. I would also like to avoid leaning over the lifelines myself.

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I tie to lifeline since I don't have a toe rail, and just outside the harbor is busy with a bit of lumpy seas normally, better things to do than futz with fenders. Once at the dock I retire them to stanchions.

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Re: Best way to make fenders easy to use...

I tie them to my holley rail with a turn and a slipped half hitch. When underway, I put them on my side decks, still tied to the rail. I generally don't have much need to go forward when under way but when I do, I prefer to go forward via the cabintop rather than the side decks. When it's time to dock, I just kick the fenders overboard.
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clove hitch is fast to tie and easy to adjust
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Re: Best way to make fenders easy to use...

Hanging fenders is like weight loss. All sorts of gimmicks, but we all know what really works.

I tie a round turn and two half hitches around the base of the stanchion. Not enough leverage to bend anything.

In a pinch, such as a transient dock, where I may need to move them around quickly, a clove hitch to the top lifeline suffices. Maybe pull a slip knot around the working line too. Once landed, I go around and secure properly to the stanchion bases.

There are millions to be made for inventing a better solution, but I haven't seen one I trust yet.
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Re: Best way to make fenders easy to use...

I NEVER tie to the lifelines. Never even considered doing that. I have a midships chock and cleat so that's a no-brainer. Others get tied to the base of stanchions with a clove hitch.
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I really hate seeing them hanging on the life lines, because if they get pulled it can bend the stanchions.
For that reason, I always remove the fenders before leaving the slip, and don't replace them until the boat is back in it's slip. Fenders aren't there to soften the blow if you bump a piling on the way into or out of a slip. That's what rub rails are for. After the boat is in the slip, you put a fender between your boat and your neighbor's boat, to protect them if they bump together, and you put a fender in a place, often amidships, where it might bump against a finger pier. If fenders are hanging on the boat while entering or leaving the slip, they are often crushed between the boat and piling, which risks bending a stanchion, and ruining what might otherwise be a good docking maneuver. I remove and stow all fenders before the boat moves. When used that way, I have never seen fenders hanging from a lifeline bend a stanchion, but I usually tie them to the lower lifeline.

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