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Old 22 September 2010, 13:24   #11
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I always use fenders. Rubbing strake ain't cheap and it's a PITA to change.
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Old 22 September 2010, 16:03   #12
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I've never used fenders and taken care not to park against burnt off old bolt shanks etc... until this year. It's been remarkable how helpful round buoys have been because some pontoons and jetties have undercuts where the tubes pass below and some are low to the water and the underside of the tubes rub and fret against them. The large diameter of the buoys reach under the overhang of a pontoon or over and under the front tube, adjusted to a suitable height of course.
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Old 22 September 2010, 16:08   #13
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Some pontoons are a nightmare without fenders, the one ourside the folly is a classic example and if some numpty moves you to the inside and you are at the corner there is a nice rough metal edge just waiting to tear a hole in your tube.

Fenders are definately worth it IMO. THe couple of times I have been to lazy to put them out I have regretted it with scraped rubbing strake being the result.
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Old 22 September 2010, 16:17   #14
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Even with possibly the most damage resistant "tubes" on here I use fenders from time to time - as otherwise the rusty / gritty / slimy stuff gets spread all over them and ground into the surface.
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Some pontoons are a nightmare without fenders, the one ourside the folly is a classic example and if some numpty moves you to the inside and you are at the corner there is a nice rough metal edge just waiting to tear a hole in your tube.

Fenders are definately worth it IMO. THe couple of times I have been to lazy to put them out I have regretted it with scraped rubbing strake being the result.
we only stopped here for a coffee, and left the boy to tie the rib up was pleased he had done this with out me telling him ..glad to see he takes after me
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Old 22 September 2010, 17:22   #16
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we only stopped here for a coffee, and left the boy to tie the rib up was pleased he had done this with out me telling him ..glad to see he takes after me
See that's where I wouldn't bother... Unless I had a crew to do it while I went and got coffee!
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The large diameter of the buoys reach under the overhang of a pontoon or over and under the front tube, adjusted to a suitable height of course.
I was too embarrassed to mention it, but I carry one or two for that very reason...
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Old 22 September 2010, 17:43   #18
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Fenders all the way man. You never know when a coach might bump into you.
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She ain't pretty, but the make-shift bouys and fenders helped keep the tubes in tip-top condition. All reclaimed flotsam. I only used them when tied up in the harbour. When I sold the boat - there wasn't a mark on her.
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I don't usually use them but my boat only sits on a pontoon for as long as it takes me to pull the trailer out of the water and get suited up but I would for any length of stay.

Many pontoons have sharp corners on them as do some older boats! It doesn't take much to tear hypalon on a sharp edge and it's surprising how Sods Law means the rubbing strake is at the wrong height for what you are rubbing on...

I've often wondered why they don't offer RIB tubes out of the same stuff they make fenders out of. Well I suppose they do - it's called a Mac
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