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Old 26 November 2004, 07:16   #11
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Old 26 November 2004, 07:17   #12
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The things I have are.......

.........of no use I'm afraid.

Moving on from Lou's idea (a good one), instead of an additional rope simply buy a fender with loops/holes/attachments on both ends, tie a rope to both and tie off so the fender is horizontal not vertical. In fact, having done a quick search for a pic I came across "through line fenders" but the pic would not load. This would be a better solution and look a lot neater. As for cost, this is your baby we're talking about - get it spent.
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Old 26 November 2004, 07:36   #13
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Meme, a good idea with hardboats but have tried it and the fender generally rolls its way up onto the tube, rendering itself completely useless.
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Old 26 November 2004, 08:13   #14
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One thing i used to do, if you have rope attached to the sides of th tubes, e.g as per the photo, is to use fender with a hole at each end and attached sideways. This works and i found a cheap place to buy them, they then do there job especially has the boat move a little, even with a spring. However now having a bigger rib i think i will have to use GIRL POWERs idea
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Old 26 November 2004, 08:25   #15
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We have our fenders vertically (from the hoops that aren't on your RIB) - but we had originally thought about putting them horizontally, slung between two points.

We decided not to do that because if the fender won't move freely, then it will rub against the tube, and eventually it'll scuff it. At least if the fenders are vertical, they roll as the rubbing strake/pontoon move relative to each other - not damaging anything.

I don't know how much damage a chafing fender would/could do - but we decided not to risk it.

Not sure if that helps.........

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Old 26 November 2004, 08:41   #16
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All very good idea's I'll have to have a play around at knitting ropes and things and see which works the best.

The main problem is when she's sat in her mooring, the wooden slats tends to slop around a bit if we have an easterly blowing in and whilst the damage would be very minimal over time it wouldn't do the tubes any good.

I'll let you know how I get on, but keep the ideas coming!
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A final thought.........

.........which you prompted yourself. You can but fenders made from platted rope, these would sit in any position and offer a reasonable degree of defence.
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Old 26 November 2004, 08:49   #18
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Sounds like a lot of knitting to me.....MeMe (That's confusing having to many Me's in a sentence).

Anyway, I'm all for the easy option as I'll leave the knitting to yachties and salty old sea dogs!!
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Here we go.........

....take a look at these, "cheap as rope".
http://www.tradline.co.uk/
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Old 26 November 2004, 09:13   #20
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Could you not attach the fender with a clove hitch with one of the loops either side of the ‘rings’ that attach the hand-line ?
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