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Old 22 September 2010, 08:02   #1
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Fenders on Ribs, it's just not cricket is it?

I noticed on "Show us your Redbay" Willk's rib has fenders out against the jetty and the humber next to him. (The humber i understand as Willk may not want one to touch his Redbay!) But is the point of a Rib, especially if specced commercially as Willk's is, often with extra rubbing strake etc etc that you don't need to faff with fenders like with hard boats.

Just a thought, we never bother as if the jetty/slip is that barnacle covered and the swell is large, no poxy fenders will prevent damage anyway. You would hold the boat off and not leave it there in the first place. As with Ronin's crew in the "IOM last year" photos from Tony T.

If in a harbour where it's calm etc, no damage will occur.
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Old 22 September 2010, 08:08   #2
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If in a harbour where it's calm etc, no damage will occur.
Do you have exclusive use of the harbour?
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Old 22 September 2010, 08:35   #3
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Fender replacement is a lot easier and cheaper than tube replacement, simples!
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I'm fairly sure that the new-owner-to-be will appreciate the tidy rubbing strake and smooth tubes, I might even throw in a set of well chewed fenders wot I have got...

I thought that only Rag and Stick owners thought of RIBs as giant fenders, then I saw a couple of nice ribs (100k+) in Scotland and Rathlin this year that had extensive damage caused to strakes and tubes /fittings due to being tied up without fenders.

I only do it under the most benign conditions.

FWIW, I generally examine pontoons and quay walls and access steps carefully and you'd be shocked at how many sharp rusty bolt heads, hardwood splinters and split wire cables there are. How can fenders NOT protect a RIB in these circumstances?
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When tying up against pontoons, I usually find that the stern sits lower than the edge of the pontoon & wants to sit underneath, like Wilks says there are all sorts of nasties lurking waiting to scuff my precious things
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I guess it is cricket then.

Until i get my own personal harbour!
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Until i get my own personal harbour!
Some fenders will be cheaper
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Willk's rib has fenders out against the jetty and the humber next to him. (The humber i understand as Willk may not want one to touch his Redbay!)
And a further Point of Order: If you take a closer look, you'll note that the white fenders between the Redbay and the Humber are in fact SPLICED to the lifelines on the Humber - so there's one Humber owner who thinks yer a blurry irriot too
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I've never used fenders before on a rib, but I spent a night last year alongside a 40' cat with a white hull. Cost me 100 to get it back to white again
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I don't see the reasoning for not using fenders. Some of the harbour walls down this way could eat a rubbing strake in minutes.

When rafting, it's good manners.
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