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Old 11-10-2015, 12:17   #1
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What about when what you need is a vertical fender board?

There is the one town dock I like, but the pilings are gone and all that remains is a concrete bulkhead that has a face about 3' wide, undercut below. When the tide swings, fender get caught either underneath or above. The usual procedure is to stagger the hanging height of conventional fenders, but that takes a lot of fenders and doesn't feel fool proof. A LONG fender would be nice (I see Polyform makes some longer ones). A vertical fender board would work, but you would need 2 and it is a lot to fool with.

Or is there some other rigging method I don't know? Or should I modify my fender boards (and make a second) to hang either way?
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Re: What about when what you need is a vertical fender board?

Easystow makes some inflatable fenders up to 5' long. We have used them for coaching boats. They seem well made, not sure how they would hold up to concrete.
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Re: What about when what you need is a vertical fender board?

What about linking fenders by running a rope through the center and stringing them(only certain styles)? Pulled tight, there is not gap.

Seems obvious, just never tried it.
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Re: What about when what you need is a vertical fender board?

Hi !

I can imagine your problem , got the same once on Georgian Bay ( Lake-Huron , Ontario, Canada) but... it wasn't pier , it was rough rock. Try to tie up your boat not so tense , leave up to 1 meter gap between board and pier.
Leave your boat on the springs ( |X ) , secure it with big fenders 3 points : close to bow. middle , stern . Check it out , how it will be working ( make some corrections if necessary ) . - It is just temporary solution. You'll loose any bumper after while.
Several bumpers on the shore covered with decent carpet and bumpers on boat's board - that's the only low cost solution as far as I see it , otherwise you'll destroy every fender, sooner or later , and your boat on the end.
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Old 08-11-2015, 03:08   #5
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Re: What about when what you need is a vertical fender board?

- Hang a POS piece of carpet, or better, several layers of POS carpet on the concrete wall. Then rig your fenders or fender board.
Usually you can pick up such from places which sell & install carpeting, as they have the old, crappy carpets to get rid of anyway.

- Hang the POS carpet on the side of your hull, soft side against your topsides. And then hang the tires from your boat up against the carpet. Possibly even tying them in the wrap around the hull fender tie method, below.

- Scrounge several old car tires to use as fenders, & cover them with some quick, cheap, field expedient covers. Say, some cheap laundry bags with scraps of Sunbrella, carpet, or old sail cloth tacked onto same, in the high wear locations.

- Use the old tires to make some expedient fender boards, even if doing so means buying a cheap piece of plywood, ripping it to the appropriate size(s). And hanging it between sacrifical item/layer X, & Y.

- Run an anchor (or two) out off of the non-dock side, to hold you off of the dock. And yeah, obviously the rodes will need to be fairly taught, in addition to the anchors being well dug in.

- Tie one line to the fenders in the conventional manner, & then attach a 2nd line to them via their bottom hole. And run said line underneath of the hull, & up to the deck on the other side, where you cleat it off.
Note: You may have to rig lines for & aft, between several fenders tied like this, in order to keep them in the proper locations on your hull.

- Use some combination of the above, or all of the above, until you get satisfactory results.

- Move to a new lecale/town.
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Re: What about when what you need is a vertical fender board?

Float a log(s) along dock.
Lay to log(s) using ur normal fenders.
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