Originally Posted by mlydon
What are the fender boards for?
That was my first thought. I'm trying to recall
any time I've used them in Maine, and I can't. I guess if I ended up tied to some pier against pilings, I'd use them. Hasn't happened to me in Maine yet, but I suppose it could. I've done that in Massachusetts
and Atlantic Canada
The overwhelming majority of marinas
and other places a recreational boat
might tie up in Maine have floating docks. And not those stubby little floats you have to back up to and tie the bow to a piling - proper floating docks you can cleat off to.
Where you will see a pier without floats would be a commercial dock
. Not always the best choice for a recreational boat
. They're generally for short-term tie-ups only, and don't be there when someone wants to unload their catch! Oh, and wear your boots and use old lines. It can get messy.