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Further to SF's fender advice, the spherical fenders (as opposed to the cylindrical ones) will abrade the hull much less. The round ones can "roll" against the hull in all directions, whereas while the cylindrical ones roll on a horizontal axis, they slide and abrade the hull vertically (such as when the boat is rolling against the dock from wave action). This results in the oft-seen "flat spot fender rub" in a shiny paint job.
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