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Old 31 March 2012, 13:20   #1
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Curved Rib fenders ?

does anyone on here use these

and if so, what are the pros & cons with them ?
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Old 31 March 2012, 13:31   #2
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Don't know if they give much protection compared to inflated fenders. I thought about these for tying on the side to protect the tube when pulling in anchor after motoring it out with alderny ring. Decided instead for rubber mat with the holes in it.
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Old 31 March 2012, 13:36   #3
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I use Hull Huggr fenders by Kwik Tek. They're rectangular vinyl covered foam, with a hinge point a third of the way down.

I usually only have to fend off floating docks, so one forward and one aft along the straight section of tube does the job.

I've seen the curved plastic sheets (if that's what your pic shows), but felt it wouldn't get enough separation between tube and whatever you're fending off from.


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Old 31 March 2012, 17:44   #4
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T 15, our boat came with a set like the one pictured that looks like they have been well used. I haven't used them but thought they would be useful for tying onto pylons. We also have regular fenders which we use for tying up alongside other boats.
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Old 01 April 2012, 15:43   #5
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I've used these from compass marine for around 7 years. Although i must admit i also tend to put small fenders out to stop them getting worn by rubbing. The good thing is they don't roll up the tube like normal fenders can but the bad side is they are awkward to stow.
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Old 01 April 2012, 16:05   #6
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We used to stock these but they started to wear out very quickly and then the price shot up so chose to remove them.
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Got four of those...they're ok...do the job alongside rough pontoons and the like but they soon look tatty and don't clean up well. We've also had the rope knots pull through the holes in the foam a couple of times when there's movement of boat to pontoon.

Tried fenders...couldn't get on with them at all.
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Another vote for hull hugr. Easy to stow and don't move out of position when lying against a dock.

Cheap too!

http://www.amazon.com/HH-1CB-Hull-Hu...3343187&sr=8-1
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Hi Anyone care to share an update on the Fender experiences. I used round fenders last year and found them to be fairly useless. I have got a nice new set of tubes for this year and want them to be properly protected. My ask is simple enough.

1. Fender that protects the tubes on a RIB
2. Easy to put on and off - ideally avoid tying knots - this means easier for kids to do (I used clips last year on the round fenders with a short line to get them to optimal height)
3. Fenders that stay in position on the tubes and dont roll up (as all round fenders do)

Your thoughts and comments greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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Old 18 April 2017, 18:08   #10
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I use the Hull Hugr type. Although i tie them on, the grab ropes on the rib keep them in position. See the photo (the blue rib) Click image for larger version

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