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We tie them to the lifelines when we need them, but our boat is on a mooring. It sounds like you're in a slip. Attaching fenders to the holes in the toerail will mean a shorter length of line between the top of the fender and the knot on the toerail. As the boat moves and the fenders roll forward & back, there is less line to absorb the twisting and pulling effects, and this may shorten the life of your fenders. Bending down to the toerail also gets to be a drag. Some people do use clips or specially designed hangers -- there are many out there, some of which may actually work.