While cruising I keep 2 8" fenders tied to the lifelines
on both sides and laying along the deck
, total of 4. We flip them down when nearing the dock
. If floating docks, we drop them to match up with the floating dock
. If fixed docks with piles, then we use a 5 foot, 4" pvc pipe with end caps and drilled with lines through each side that serve as fender boards and drop the two fenders and then overlay the pvc so that the pile is against the pvc pipe and the fenders are either side of the pile against the hull
. The pvc fender pipe is tied to the top lifelines
while cruising and set to the inside hanging from the top lifeline. We find the pvc much better as a fenderboard than the traditional 2x6 or 2x8 as they are lightweight and don't take up much room.
When we are at our home dock on Kentucky Lake, we keep them stowed in a stern lazerette. We have permanent dock fenders mounted to the dock, so we don't need them at our home dock.