I believe the reason it resonates as a serious faux pas with sailors is because sailing, generally speaking, requires more skills than power boating
. There are procedures involved with getting underway and approaching a berth under sail. These step by step actions mean the skipper
that leaves the fenders hanging missed a step.
In my opinion, shipping
fenders is best done right away and stowage should be handy. All you do is flip them inboard of the lifelines
. If you need one unexpectedly it will likely be sooner rather than later. Once underway it is easy to take them in and stow for the next deployment.
Stinkpotters on the other hand...well we are all part of a big club right? Red headed step children
for the most part but every now and then...