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Types of Fenders

Where/how does one use those roundish fender (like a football) on the boat ?

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If you're talking about this type of fender:


They can be used three different ways.

One is by hanging them via a fender line tied to one eye, and allowing them to hang vertically alongside the boat, between the boat topsides and the dock.

The second is to tie two fender lines to it, one at each end, and then hang the fender so that it lays horizontally along the topsides. This is often done if the fender will be up against a piling or post.

A third way to use them is to hang two of them vertically as in the first method and tie a fender board, which is a 2x6 about 8' long to the two fenders, so that the pilings press on the board, not the fenders. This is often done if the dock surface is rough and may damage the fenders if used directly against the surface. For instance a rock or concrete dock, nail studded wooden pilings, etc.

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My guess SD, is he's referring to these:



Remember that "football" is soccer, played with round balls, in most countries outside the US. These types of fenders are usually used in heavy duty commercial boats - or for rafting with other boats.

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I like to use the round ones on an uneven wall surface, they seem to work very nice for that type of surface.
We carry the normal tube like fenders as well as two of the ball type.

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I've switched over time to inflatable hypalon fenders - www.praktec.com - that can be collapsed and stored in one fifth the space of the white plastic ones of the same size. They are only a little more expensive and a guarateed for life. I carry a set of oversized ones for storm conditions as well. The extra storage space they provide makes the extra cost worth while.
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I also prefer the round bouy style fenders both for rafting up as well as for going thru the locks in Seattle the round fenders dont ride up or down as we travel vertically, I have had the cylinder style fenders blow out due to hanging upon the lock walls and pulling the ends out.
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They can be used three different ways.

One is by hanging them via a fender line tied to one eye, and allowing them to hang vertically alongside the boat, between the boat topsides and the dock.

The second is to tie two fender lines to it, one at each end, and then hang the fender so that it lays horizontally along the topsides. This is often done if the fender will be up against a piling or post.

A third way to use them is to hang two of them vertically as in the first method and tie a fender board, which is a 2x6 about 8' long to the two fenders, so that the pilings press on the board, not the fenders. This is often done if the dock surface is rough and may damage the fenders if used directly against the surface. For instance a rock or concrete dock, nail studded wooden pilings, etc.
A fourth way is to tie a weight to the bottom eye so the fender sinks a bit for tying up to log rafts. I carry a set of deally-bobs that you pound into a log with an eye on the end for tying off to (I can't remember what they're called through)

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Yes, TrueBlue, thats' what I was referring to.
All, thanks for feedback. Now I've decide which to buy. Just blew a longish one, partly weathering partly surge in tide.

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LOL... yes, I think of a US Football, rather than a soccer ball when someone says Football...especially given how the New England Patriots are doing this year.

I do like the regular sausage shaped fenders since they're a bit more versatile IMHO.
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Remember that "football" is soccer, played with round balls, in most countries outside the US. These types of fenders are usually used in heavy duty commercial boats - or for rafting with other boats.

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Oh, the longish one is better called sausage type. Sounds good. Easy enough to imagine. Any opinion on UV quality of Dan Fenders and Polyform F2 Fenders? Both sausage type.

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