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02-24-2014 06:49 AM
Re: Fender hangers...too many choices!

Originally Posted by H and E View Post
I bought some of these from Academy. Went back to brass snap hooks.
I have 6 - 8 x 27 fenders and tie up at various docks.

Academy - Davis Fender Tender II
I can understand that you went back to brass snap hooks after using those. They look very devious. The fender hanger I'm using looks to be a lot quicker in use and easier adjustable in hight.

If you have got a normal railing on your boat, that fender hanger I told you about could be a great replacement, it worked for me at least. I just wanted to tell you guys about it here, maybe it can make someone happy.
02-20-2014 08:15 AM
Re: Fender hangers...too many choices!

Not to diverge, but the earlier suggestion to get the other halves to learn to dock is a very good one. Not just because of the fender-tying issue...

Consider that if you were incapacitated for some reason… how will she/he be able to handle the boat? You'd be fairly screwed. It is so important that everyone in the crew be able to cope with this possible eventuality.

And the other halves do indeed need to know how to tie knots and that quickly, for the same above reason. It may be desperately necessary at some point. Frightening, but possible.

Besides, it has been my observation that (I'm assuming women here) tend to have a lighter hand on the helm and thus have gentler docking skills
02-19-2014 07:15 PM
Re: Fender hangers...too many choices!

Splice the line through the fender, splice a snap hook on the other end so it hangs just at the water level when hung from the top lifeline at each stanchion.

If you want to hang it from a different height, just take some wraps around the stanchion to shorten it up.
02-19-2014 03:12 PM
Re: Fender hangers...too many choices!

I was taught to never hang anything from the lifelines. I should have listened.

I learned my lesson when i had a stanchion bend in bad weather. I tie to the bottom of the stanchion or toe rail now.

I agree withh Zee; i love free fenders. If you use hangers please right your name in perm marker so we know where to return them.
02-19-2014 02:04 PM
Re: Fender hangers...too many choices!

Ahh! Another spirited debate resurrected!

I'm lucky in that my boat has LL stanchions exactly where it needs fenders. I've been tying them at the base with a clove hitch (or some sort of multi-hitch barf) but just bought brass clips to allow 'anyone' to simply wrap the whip around the LL post and clip it to itself. Both fenders hang within a fraction of an inch of each other, so there is no 'wrong way' to hang the two.

The above is fact; below is opinion.

The Navy taught me that life-lines are for just that; not for leaning against or hanging drinks from. I still do it, but at least I feel bad. I do agree that fenders shouldn't be hung from them. I think it is too much stress and it goes on 24/7 when the boat's tied up.

My brother slipped on deck years ago, broke a rib (or two, who X-rays anymore? It's so eighties. ) and would have rolled into the Bay if the life-lines weren't there for him to grab. It's only an anecdote, but still Thanksgiving is more fun with him there.

I would like to close by saying I would only clip my fender whips to the life-lines if I were going down the ICW without an engine.

02-19-2014 10:14 AM
Re: Fender hangers...too many choices!

i absolutely LOVE fender hangers of all types..i have found many types not to buy all attached to the fenders i find after storms.... loving this....
02-19-2014 10:08 AM
H and E
Re: Fender hangers...too many choices!

I bought some of these from Academy. Went back to brass snap hooks.
I have 6 - 8 x 27 fenders and tie up at various docks.

Academy - Davis Fender Tender II
02-19-2014 04:44 AM
Re: Fender hangers...too many choices!

I don't think that anybody is active here anymore, but the best option for hanging fenders is Fastfender in my opinion. They are very easy to use and once your fenders are hanging, the hight can be adjusted as well. At first I was a bit sceptical, but once I tried it is just much quicker than knotting
09-09-2013 08:30 PM
Re: Fender hangers...too many choices!

Without disagreeing with anything that had already been said, and all of it is sound advice, I still want to point out that the worst case is trapping the fender under the dock. The forces are greatest then, obviously. And yet, the stanchion anchorage hardly seems to be such a great issue then. Or, rather, the much greater problem is the lack of fender-age when that happens.

At the same time, the bit of give in the lifeline is arguably preferable to the solid metal to metal attachment of clipping to the stanchion base. I only meant to say earlier that it isn't as dire as all that. You're simply trading one set of problems for the other, and I don't see that one is clearly preferable. Pick one, keeping in mind that a tidal range of 3 ft or so is going to be trouble anyway.
09-09-2013 06:04 PM
Re: Fender hangers...too many choices!

Originally Posted by JonEisberg View Post
........the abuse of lifelines, and the working of stanchion bases against the deck that is created by stress from fenders, or pulling one's body weight against stanchions when boarding from a dock, or dinghy, and so on...
Amen. This is why all stanchion deck penetrations should potted with epoxy, because one will never stop them from being abused somehow. Seriously, I've tried. The worst are marina employees when pulling or launching. You would think the boat was disposable.
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