Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 11-09-2013, 13:12   #1
Senior Cruiser
 
angelfish2's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: where pelicans fly
Boat: IP32 ~Whimsy~
Posts: 229
Where to Tie Fenders...

There is some discussion at our marina where to tie fenders; to the life lines or to a stanchion base (or cleat). Some do it one way and some another. What say y'all?
__________________

__________________
angelfish2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2013, 13:14   #2
Senior Cruiser
 
Vasco's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Toronto
Boat: CS36Merlin, "La Belle Aurore" Ben393 "Breathless"
Posts: 7,138
Re: Where to tie fenders...

Not on the lifelines. A toe-rail with holes or slots in it works fine.
__________________

__________________
Rick I
Toronto in summer, Bahamas in winter.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/beneteau393/
Vasco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2013, 13:22   #3
Registered User
 
jstevens's Avatar

Join Date: May 2006
Location: On board Sarah, currently lying in Jacksonville, FL
Boat: Pearson, 424, 42', Sarah
Posts: 582
Images: 4
Re: Where to tie fenders...

I used to tie fenders to the lifelines. Then one day the fender caught under the dock and a rising tide broke the lifeline and bent one of the stanchions. Now I use the stanchion bases and cleats. I'm also a little more careful how I set up the fenders.

John
__________________
jstevens is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2013, 13:36   #4
Freelance Delivery Skipper..
 
boatman61's Avatar

Community Sponsor
Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: UK/Portugal
Posts: 20,210
Images: 2
Send a message via Skype™ to boatman61
pirate Re: Where to tie fenders...

I tie on the lower life line... like the ability to slide it back and forth to suit rather than the panicky untie/retie.. once alongside and settled I jam it...
__________________


Born To Be Wild
boatman61 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2013, 13:37   #5
Registered User
 
Hydra's Avatar

Join Date: May 2009
Location: Lorient, Brittany, France
Boat: Gib'Sea 302, 30' - Hydra
Posts: 1,229
Re: Where to tie fenders...

I tie fenders to the lifelines before coming alongside, because it's faster to move them to the place where they are most needed. When the boat is fully berthed, I switch the fenders to stanchions bases and holes in the toe rails, for the same reason as jstevens.

Alain
__________________
Hydra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2013, 13:40   #6
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Fethiye Turkey
Boat: Lagoon 440
Posts: 3,164
Re: Where to tie fenders...

Marina talk will wear you down..........
__________________
"Political correctness is a creeping sickness that knows no boundaries"
Lagoon4us is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2013, 13:43   #7
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 4,413
Re: Where to tie fenders...

I rarely even use them except for in water winter storage. Tie them to the slotted toe rail. For a quickie on a windward dock I usually use the life lines but don't stay foir more than 20 min max.
__________________
Sandero is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2013, 13:46   #8
Eternal Member
 
monte's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Australia
Boat: Lagoon 400
Posts: 3,650
Images: 1
Re: Where to tie fenders...

haha marina discussion! wow slow day in the marina when it comes to fender positioning...
anyhoo, I have big bowlines tied in my fenders so when I dock I thread the line around the top lifeline at the staunchion (or solid stainless rail) and throw the fender overboard (through the loop)
This way the fenders can't fall off and the loops are sized to let the fender just touch the water (for floating pontoons)
If its a med moor or raised dock I pull the loop up a bit and tie it off. Works good, nice and fast and haven't lost a fender yet (touch rubber)
__________________
monte is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2013, 13:52   #9
Moderator
 
JPA Cate's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: aboard, cruising in Australia
Boat: Sayer 46' Solent rig sloop
Posts: 10,685
Re: Where to tie fenders...

Quote:
Originally Posted by angelfish2 View Post
There is some discussion at our marina where to tie fenders; to the life lines or to a stanchion base (or cleat). Some do it one way and some another. What say y'all?
Well, since boats are different, different plans suit different owners. Our boat has perforated aluminum toe rails. If we tie off to the toe rail, the fender line chafes on the rub strake. So, what we do is use the upper life lines some of the time, but the lower ones, too, some of the time, depending on whether we're using the fenders vertically or horizontally, again determined by how the fender lines lead to be free of chafe. Sometimes, we secure them at the stanchions, at the lower lifeline.

Boatman 61 has the right of it, though, you do want to be able to move them easily to where they'll do the most good, then if necessary re-locate to suit.

Ann
__________________
Ann, with Jim, aboard US s/v Insatiable II, in Oz, very long term cruisers
JPA Cate is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2013, 14:32   #10
Registered User
 
markpierce's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Central California
Boat: M/V Carquinez Coot
Posts: 3,415
Re: Where to tie fenders...

I tie them to the cleats on the lower railing? What? You have no cleats? Sorry.

__________________
markpierce is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2013, 17:48   #11
Senior Cruiser
 
SkiprJohn's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2006
Location: Kea'au, Big Island, Hawaii
Boat: Cascade, Sloop, 42 - "Casual"
Posts: 14,192
Re: Where to tie fenders...

Anywhere but on the lifelines or high on the stanchions.
__________________
John
SkiprJohn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-09-2013, 21:21   #12
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Galveston,Texas
Boat: Flicka, 20' homebuilt
Posts: 82
Images: 4
Re: Where to tie fenders...

You have got to be kidding!
Is your other handle Galaxy Girl?
__________________
bill cartwright is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-09-2013, 21:55   #13
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Atlantic ICW 29N/81W
Boat: Beneteau Oceanis 36CC, now sold
Posts: 817
Re: Where to tie fenders...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hydra View Post
I tie fenders to the lifelines before coming alongside, because it's faster to move them to the place where they are most needed. When the boat is fully berthed, I switch the fenders to stanchions bases and holes in the toe rails, for the same reason as jstevens.

Alain
That is what we do but our latest toy has no slotted aluminium toe rail but has a varnished teak capping to which I am reluctant to screw on extra cleats that might just pull out under any real load, so what can we do but revert to tie on the lifelines??. I do take the lines one turn round the lower lifeline first ( less leverage load on the stanchions??) before tying off on the upper lifeline. If expecting really bad conditions I might take some of the fender lines up between the lifelines to the coachroof handrail instead. I would really like to find a better solution. We have a center cleat on the capping rail and a couple of stanchion bases and the genoa track block to use but these are not perfectly located for where we want to place the fenders We do have outside lines rigged to a dock post to help hold us off the dock from the normal windward side I thought about adding more sliding cleats to the genoa tracks but these are stupidly expensive unless someone knows of a good USA source, around $100 a piece from WEST is too much in my budget.
__________________
Robin3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-09-2013, 22:33   #14
cruiser

Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Tampa Bay area
Boat: Hunter 31'
Posts: 5,731
Re: Where to tie fenders...

Quote:
Originally Posted by jstevens View Post
I used to tie fenders to the lifelines. Then one day the fender caught under the dock and a rising tide broke the lifeline and bent one of the stanchions. Now I use the stanchion bases and cleats. I'm also a little more careful how I set up the fenders.

John

I have two of them on moveable hangers on the lifeline, but I also have a fender board across them. It's actually the fender board that keeps the boat off the piling. The boat doesn't stay in the exact same place as the tide goes up and down, so the fenderboard does the job.

Having the fender board against a piling keeps it from going under the dock.

For smaller boats, PVC pipe makes a very good fender board. It's lightweight and easy to stow when not in use.
__________________
Rakuflames is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-09-2013, 23:08   #15
Registered User
 
Celestialsailor's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: In Mexico, working on the boat
Boat: Hallberg Rassy 35. and 14ft.Whitehall pulling skiff.
Posts: 8,013
Images: 5
Re: Where to tie fenders...

Quote:
Originally Posted by markpierce View Post
I tie them to the cleats on the lower railing? What? You have no cleats? Sorry.

Mark...Dude...You need more fenders...
__________________

__________________
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: Wow - what a ride!"

http://wwwjolielle.blogspot.com/
Celestialsailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
fender

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cleaning Fenders & Life Vests MrAntigone Boat Ownership & Making a Living 14 23-09-2013 14:41
How Tight do you Tie Your Docklines? FlyMeAway Seamanship & Boat Handling 22 16-01-2013 08:16
For Sale: TIE DOWN (Steritool) SS 2" RATCHET konakoma Classifieds Archive 2 15-02-2012 04:54
Toluene (Toluol or Winter Thinner) Cleaning Inflatables and Fenders timj Auxiliary Equipment & Dinghy 12 17-08-2011 12:19
US Practice of Deposit with Boat Purchase ErikFinn Our Community 277 19-07-2011 16:45



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:39.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.