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Old 13 January 2018, 13:26   #1
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New to ribs - Fender question

Wow, so glad I found this forum, such a great community!

I've just bought a Brig Eagle 780 and it will be here in a week's time. I am, of course, like a child waiting for Christmas day!

Now, this may be a silly question but I'm trying to work out what fenders I need. My boat will be moored permanently in a port. I have attached a photo of the mooring. I assume I will need to it moor it with the bow facing the jetty.

By the way...it's been many years since I last had a boat of any kind.

I've done some research on fenders but still not sure what to buy. I assume I need a couple for either side and one for the bow.

Am I right and are there any actual product recommendations that anyone wants to make?

Thanks very much

Justin
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Old 13 January 2018, 16:05   #2
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Hi Justin can you put the boat on a floating platform? Much better than fenders.......

Drive on docks for your RIB, Jetski or PWC from Versadock



Ribs are as susceptible to damage from other boats as the tubes are soft and bounce back unlike grp......
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Should say aren’t as susceptible to damage, however you need to keep it away from anything sharp or abrasive.
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In 2017 I was in Greece in small marina. On the left and right RIB boats.
But this from the right had black rubbing strike and this part left black (hard to clean) traces on my tubes/strike.



So sometimes you have to protect our tubes from other RIB boats
It is easiest to clean fenders over tubes I think.
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Am I right and are there any actual product recommendations that anyone wants to make?

Is the 780 the one with the “teak” step on the bow? If so then I think bows-to makes sense.

How big is the step up from the bow to the harbour wall? Beware when you are standing on the bow even the most stable rib feels vulnerable. There are fenders designed like steps if you need them (they probably won’t be at the right position to protect the boat though) so you’ll need two . Possibly the best bow fender I have seen for that situation was a muscle farm mooring bouy mounted sideways - assuming you are always going to the same spot - but if the harbour master juggles people around that won’t work.
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That's for all the comments!

I will check out floating platforms (I haven't seen those in any marina here in the South of Spain) and will update thread with final fender set up should anyone find it useful in the future.

Cheers!
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That's for all the comments!

I will check out floating platforms (I haven't seen those in any marina here in the South of Spain) and will update thread with final fender set up should anyone find it useful in the future.

Cheers!
Ideal for long term mooring as it stops growth on the hull and means less likely to need to use antifoul. So keeps your new investment as protected as possible fenders will be needed for when you visit other marinas etc There are some that are like curved sheets which may be easier to stow not sure how good they are though.
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