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Old 30 December 2005, 20:25   #21
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"Up" not "in" and it's not quite 2006 yet. Plenty of time to go....
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Old 31 December 2005, 05:01   #22
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it's not quite 2006 yet. Plenty of time to go....
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Old 31 December 2005, 13:20   #23
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Here is what we do

1) We always use fenders as it will protect the tubes against any hard/sharp edges which are always found in marinas, visitors spaces.
2) We have 6, Two about 15 inches long and four 10 inches, i got them all for under 50 quid. We often put them both sides when leaving the boat to avoid the odd bump that we all do now and again. Also i have got used to doing this on hardboats. e.g we use the two big ones and one small one on the side we are attaching too (pontoon)
3) You can see approx where we attach, which i think was one of the questions.
4) As someone has said the boat costs quite a bit, so dont skimp on these sorts of things,,,,as they say buy the best you can afford
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Old 02 January 2006, 10:41   #24
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Hey Choppy,

Good question. I would always have some type of fenders aboard, in case you have to dock against a not-so-friendy pier. I don't think it's necessary at all times, especially when pulling longside other boats. But as one of the other members said, your boat is not cheap, and is very high quality. It can't be a bad idea to take care of the tubes, even if it's a bit overkill.

I keep two small fenders in my console, or aft between the A-Frame supports. Sometimes I use 'em, sometime I don't!!
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Old 02 January 2006, 11:26   #25
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The only problem I see is where would i attach the fender closest to the bow? The aft one i would attach to the A-frame but i have no handles on my tubes, so the only place would be the life line which doesnt seem too smart.
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Old 03 January 2006, 00:12   #26
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I use 2 of these Hull Hugger thingies:

http://boatfix.com/catalog/441.pdf (bottom left of page)

I put one just forward of the transom, and one just before the bow starts to taper. I almost always tie up alongside piers, however, rather than in slips.

I use them when taking boats alongside, as well (as in towing.)

For $14, you can't beat the price.

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Old 03 January 2006, 06:15   #27
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Very nice those: Hull Hugger thingies. I wonder where I can buy them in Europe.
Do you know an online-store? I would be very greatful for an answer.
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Old 03 January 2006, 07:20   #28
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I find another rib is the best fendering around.



OK. If I cant find the above I have 1 large and 1 small sausage type fender (both found floating in the solent) and 2 flat foam fenders from Aladins Cave (around 20 each from memory).
The foam ones also make great cushions or swim floats for kids.
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Old 05 January 2006, 18:53   #29
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Very nice those: Hull Hugger thingies. I wonder where I can buy them in Europe.
Do you know an online-store? I would be very greatful for an answer.
Mark;

Don't know about Europe, but they're pretty available in the States. I don't know if any of these guys ship across the Atlantic, but you could give them a try:

Boatfix.com Boaterworld.com Westmarine.com fogdog.com

BTW, they come in a variety of sizes, so make sure you look at that as well.

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Old 09 April 2006, 13:16   #30
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Still Not Sure

I am still not sure about which are the best type of fenders to use.

The picture of the Scorpion suggests that conventional round (sausage) fenders would be OK. However, it seems that a number of RIBnetters are now using the flat type.

Incidently, I was at Port Solent yesterday and saw that some (if not all) of their flat fenders now have holes in the narrow sides, rather than on their main suface. I should think that this could possible reduce scuffing of the tubes by the ropes.

Does anyone have strong views on these?

Thanks!

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