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03-23-2013 08:47 PM
MedSailor
Re: Tires as Fenders

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Originally Posted by SloopJonB View Post
Bare tires are only fit for workboats at a working dock. They are simply not "yacht" (sniff )

20 years ago my wife came home with an armful of 3 1/2" X 5' solid pool noodles (no hole down the center). As soon as I saw them I realized she had bought them to use as dock edging. They are closed cell foam and cost next to nothing - especially at the end of summer at dollar stores.

I lashed them in place using lengths of old sail ties screwed to the float with stainless screws and fender washers. They worked exceptionally well - if a fender flips up you are still completely protected. If you misjudge and rub the dock - nada.

They will deteriorate from UV - lasted three years here before they started shedding. You have two choices about that - spend $20 every couple of years for new ones or spend a bunch more and make up covers like those sold for fenders. If I could use a sewing machine I'd make covers colour coordinated to the boat but as it was I simply used noodles that were colour coordinated to the boat.

After I implemented her idea we started noticing other people using them in the same way - should have patented the idea.
Pool noodles encased in fire hose would probably last forever. Hmmm.....

I like the golf cart tire idea except for it marking up the hull. As much as I would like to say I don't care about that, I do think that my boat is beautiful and if it's white hull were all marked up all the time, it wouldn't be good.

MedSailor
03-22-2013 09:29 PM
L124C
Re: Tires as Fenders

I'm in the same situation with single a single finger berth. I changed slips once, so that the prevailing wind blows my boat off the dock (while blowing my dock mate's boat into his finger). I also fix my fenders to the dock rather than the boat, using fenders I find adrift. I keep my good fenders aboard for when I visit guest docks. I've used the same "borrowed" fenders for years, and they are still very serviceable. If I didn't find fenders I would do the same thing with fenders I purchased, as I agree with others that tires would look "Ghetto" on a pleasure boat. More importantly...."Non-Marking" soles on shoes don't mark because they are carbon free. I could be wrong, however, I assume there is plenty of carbon in tires!
03-22-2013 01:41 AM
Capt Len
Re: Tires as Fenders

I often tie to log booms and a couple of tires with drain holes will sink to the correct level and sit well against the low lying log.A piece of carpet lashed to the tire make a great kitty ladder when at anchor and is heavy enough to not bob bob against the hull in a little wave action.
03-21-2013 09:37 PM
casey1999
Re: Tires as Fenders

See if you gentlemen can bring this up. Copy righted pic so cannot post:
pics haleiwa marina - Bing Images

Kinda funny. The artist likes tires as fenders. Now imagine the pic with a Taylor Big B. Would not have quite the effect.

Maybe if I use white walls.......
03-21-2013 09:20 PM
casey1999
Re: Tires as Fenders

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Originally Posted by SloopJonB View Post
If you do a neat job with pieces of tire and then cover them neatly with indoor/outdoor carpet you could get a pretty cheap and effective solution that could look decent as well.

Taking a bit of care with your workmanship would be the key to making this an acceptable looking solution I think.
Happy to see you are working your way over to my side of the creek...
03-21-2013 09:18 PM
SloopJonB
Re: Tires as Fenders

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The other cat uses old tires covered with carpet. The gel coat of both cats looks great. Now which way is the best way to go? If the tires work, I would save the $2,000. And I would assume, due to the constant wear the fenders get, the fenders will need replaceing every 5 years (these cats are at an end pier so they must be tied tight to the dock).
If you do a neat job with pieces of tire and then cover them neatly with indoor/outdoor carpet you could get a pretty cheap and effective solution that could look decent as well.

Taking a bit of care with your workmanship would be the key to making this an acceptable looking solution I think.
03-21-2013 07:31 PM
deltaten
Re: Tires as Fenders

Hmmmm???
White "tires" from interior porta lifts? Hard rubber; but once pressed from the steel ceneter, might make good bumpers?? The , perhaps 8-10" ones I've seen get changed out when there's only an inch or 1.5" left onnem.

just wondering???
03-21-2013 06:02 PM
casey1999
Re: Tires as Fenders

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Originally Posted by Cawarra Bill View Post
I agree on the cat. I was going to mention that . One can only dream. 55 cat would be nice although hard to find moorage. I know the area. Awesome. My buddy is on the north shore landed today. Hope the locals leave his haole ass alone. Lol
He should be ok, just treat others as you would like to be treated and all is good.

I am on the fence about a cat. They are big and nice, but what about in a big storm? I feel safer in a mono that can roll and come back. Docking, as you point out is a big expensive problem, and harder to manuver. I assume its like paying for two boats (double slip) unless you are on an end pier. I'll stick to a mono.
03-21-2013 05:55 PM
Cawarra Bill
Re: Tires as Fenders

I agree on the cat. I was going to mention that . One can only dream. 55 cat would be nice although hard to find moorage. I know the area. Awesome. My buddy is on the north shore landed today. Hope the locals leave his haole ass alone. Lol
03-21-2013 05:31 PM
casey1999
Re: Tires as Fenders

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Originally Posted by Cawarra Bill View Post
First of all. .... You lucky dog. You live in Hawaii. What island are you on? I went to U.H. For a year. love it. Sailing must be out of this world. I don't see why you would need 2 g worth of fenders. With the way a sailboat is shaped you really have one main rub point if you are square to the dock. I'm running 3 along the dockside. Maybe 2 on the opposite as a courtesy to my neighbor if he drifts over. And the cost to me was a couple hundred with all the rope. I hate spending the money. Seems like everything for a boat has you pay triple tax hidden somewhere.
On a large catamaran, the hull is pretty much straight, not like a mono hull that is widest at its beam. The guy that owns the large cat with the $2k in fenders I suppose wants to protect is $500k boat as best he can, and try to distribute the hull forces along as much surface area as can be done. The guy with the tires has the entire dock along side his hull covered with tires- again to increase the fending surface area. I am on Oahu, harbor is Haleiwa on North Shore.

The sailing here is good, generally a 25 knot plus wind. I kinda like the days the wind goes below 15 knots, then I can relax a little.
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