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Old 07-07-2009, 12:46   #1
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Show Us How You Stow Your Fenders

I figured the granny bars where a pretty good place to stow 4 of my fenders...in the picture it looks like the fenders are sitting on the deck but they're above by a couple inches.
Before some one gives me a hard time about the granny bar design...they're 1-1/4" pipe and have solid plugs in the ends, taped, and a single 3/4" bolt into each end with a backing plate the same shape as the base plates...they're pretty solid.
How do you stow yours...
Still looking for solutions for the big round ones!
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Old 07-07-2009, 13:14   #2
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I have been trying to figure out where to put the @#$%@#$%^ things. Like your idea but don't have granny bars (never knew that's what you call them) so need another idea.

Has anyone tried inflating and deflating the fenders? I notice most of the ones that came on the boat have a little hole like you find on a basketball but not sure if they really work with constant use.
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Old 07-07-2009, 13:39   #4
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Thanks Chris.

Skipmac... I've known loads of folks who deflate them when doing long passages.
I've seen similar baskets on push and pulpits....I'm not very comfortable with them on the pulpits because it gets so green up there.
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Old 07-07-2009, 13:40   #5
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They're expensive but I have some Aere' fenders that have lasted quite well. They have a large inflator, similar to those on dinghy's which makes for quick deflation. They fill using an inflatable dinghy style foot pump. I'll attach a link.

Also, what he's calling "granny" bars I've always seen called mast pulpits. Either one works and boy are they nice for tucking in a reef.

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$150 each for the smallest ones? I'll find a way to stow the classic models!
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I told you they were expensive.

On the other hand they are as good as new after almost 10 years and so amortized aren't quite so bad. I received a set as a gift otherwise I admit I'd be looking at some old tires.

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James,

Have seen the inflatables like the Aere but mine don't have the big inflator, just the tiny hole. Not sure if they will handle repeated inflation/deflation or if they were just designed for occasional topping off. Maybe will try one to see what happens.

Agree the pulpit is not a great place for storage. I've even gotten green up there myself and had to deflate over the side.


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Thanks Chris.

Skipmac... I've known loads of folks who deflate them when doing long passages.
I've seen similar baskets on push and pulpits....I'm not very comfortable with them on the pulpits because it gets so green up there.
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I just throw them in the cockpit locker. Thye keep all the lines in there that are piled on top from migrating into the bilge and also provide a resting place for the storm anchor.
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Right above the freezer, and behind the clothes hamper. There's a 15" doorway, and I drop the bumpers down through the 22" hatch. Then drop them through the small doorway. There's room for about 30 in each bow.....i2f
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I just hang both my tubular and round fenders from the pushpit........use the fender lines to secure them on the top rail..........may not look great, but they are out of the way, and available at a moments notice.........
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Heck....I just store them over the side. People think I'm a newbie and steer clear.
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Heck....I just store them over the side. People think I'm a newbie and steer clear.
Brilliant! That's more subtle than my "I've never done this before" announcement on the harbor VHF channel, which miraculously induces neighboring skippers to emerge hastily and catch lines.
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Piled up in a cockpit locker. Don't dock much, don't raft up, and don't want to see the ugly things. I try to dock so I don't even need them and wind keeps the boat off the dock.
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I do have socks for mine but I keep making so much mess, I'm afraid to put them on....
I'm thinking there's some flawed logic there.
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