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Old 28 June 2016, 15:53   #1
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Rib fenders

After years of contemplation the boat is finally off for new tubes. Now I'm wondering how I can protect em.

Anyone used any of flat or step like fenders with success? My conventional ones always rode up over middle of tube
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I went for 4 conventional ones all goo so far but couldn't find the right flat ones so interested in responses
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Yes, i have the flat ones and they are stay where they're put. I like 'em. I have a couple of normal ones too in case, but have not needed them over the flat ones yet.
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Where did you get them from - do you have a link?
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eBay used - 10 for two. They're the same as these ones:

Rib Fender Medium Grey or White
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Cheers - has any got the Hull Hugrs?
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Cheers - has any got the Hull Hugrs?
They are cheap on eBay. Thicker but more upright. I wondered the same
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I have the curved ones that suit the tubes, got a mate who does upholstery to make covers with 50mm webbing straps that go over the tubes to hold them, they work well, just having new covers made now...
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I use the standard type, and have found that deflating them assists in not having them ride up over the tube.
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Cheers - has any got the Hull Hugrs?
I use a pair of them. I have them on a short line with a gate clip on the end; clip them to an inside D-ring and toss them out. Positioned with one towards the rear, and the other just short of the start of the bow taper. I like the thickness - it provides a bit of space between the tubes and any pointy bits on the dock. Being vinyl material, the mounting holes tend to be the weak area - they tear out after a few seasons (depends on the amount of abuse, of course.)

They work well, but they do have a tendency to creep if there's a lot of vertical motion between the boat and whatever you dock to (they have to slide, so it's less a problem than cylindrical fenders that roll their way up.) If you find that's a problem, I've had pretty good luck attaching a 2lb dive weight to the bottom.

The ones I'm talking about are about 2 or 3 inches thick, perhaps 6 or 7 inches wide, and a foot and a half or so long, with a hinged section a third of the way down.

They make pretty good impromptu pillows as well for those times where your dive buddies don't want to come back up.


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