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Old 12-15-2019, 07:19 PM
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Default Folks that leave fenders out while underway.

I’m not a snob in boating. I’ve always fixed my own boats, never had a new boat. Generally, my boats give off a “blue collar” vibe.

I wanted to just make a simple post to hear if this bothers other folks as much as it does me.

I see folks all the time driving around with their fenders out. (Bouncing along while on a plane)

I am very tolerant of folks and live by the mantra “by the grace of god I go”. I also don’t look down on folks that take 30 minutes to dock a boat because they are new to boating and are learning etc...

That being said, I think folks that leave fenders out are just lazy. (I know it horrible to say). But damn, I see that and just think “WTF” and stay clear of them.

Just idle thought on a on a winter Sunday.

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12-15-2019, 07:38 PM
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It's a great way for waterfront property owners to build up a supply of fenders when they fall/break off.
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In my experience, it is a trademark of a Googan!. I appreciate that they do it so I can spot them from a distance and give them a wide berth.
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I really couldn't care less what other boaters do with their fenders!
If they're already "deployed", there's less chance of them doing damage to something!

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Sometimes people forget about them. I've done it every once in a while, when I remember or notice, I haul them back in....but does it bother me when other's do it.....not even a smidge. I don't know why people care......it's one of the biggest non-issues thing on the water that people get worked up over.
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whats it got to do with you. leaving them on is just fine. maybe they think you are ridiculous for wasting your life polishing a boat so it looks good to others.
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I think it's pretty sloppy. You very very rarely see a well kept nice boat with fenders out running.

But i I have no problem running with a brush visible in rod holder on lean post, and I've got friends that hate that.
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i like to ride with 30-40 fenders out at all times so when i smack into things it dont damage the boat
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It's a great way for waterfront property owners to build up a supply of fenders when they fall/break off.
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Typically see 3 types that do such.

1) Pontoon folks that are going slow point to point. Guilty of that myself on occasion when on my folks tritoon. If planing off, they come in.

2) new boaters that don’t know a thing. Also likely using the hard plastic type held on with yellow poly line, and there is a good chance half the boat is wearing dollar collars (cheap orange PFD’s from Walmart).

3) folks that just don’t GAF.

I could care less about any of the above, but give group 2 & 3 a wide birth when in close quarters with them, such as at restaurants or marinas.
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They all just forgot to pull the fenders inboard. May have done it myself once or twice.
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Does this bother you?
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Bob. It’s a live and let live world. Save it for the battles that count.
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I have 6 fenders tied horizontally to the dock with protective covers on them. Never have to retrieve or deploy fenders when leaving or returning to the dock. Carry 5 rafting fenders in the racks for remote docking and rafting. Makes life easier.
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Doesn't bother me
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Does this bother you?
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That’s not a Fender guitar. It’s a Martin. Now you’re confusing me.
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Originally Posted by fishbottom View Post
whats it got to do with you. leaving them on is just fine. maybe they think you are ridiculous for wasting your life polishing a boat so it looks good to others.
I guess it doesn’t both me, but I feel bad for them. It’s like seeing someone with their zipper on their pants open who does not know its open.

And for for the record, I have owned boats for 30+ years. I polished a hull 3 times for my boats. That’s 1x a decade, usually when I first got the boat. Lmao. (Probably over a hundred on other boats)
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Originally Posted by fireisland1 View Post
That’s not a Fender guitar. It’s a Martin. Now you’re confusing me.
Man, that humor is almost too good for this forum, lmao
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Over the years I've found a LOT of unmarked nice fenders floating along with the current or on our beach after boaters left them deployed on an outing and they worked their way loose with the jarring.
Please continue to do that and don't put any ID on them so I can't get them back to you. Thanks Much.

Oh, and I probably have your untethered hat too.
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There are those of us who bring our FENDERS inboard when clear of the dock or slip.

And then there are those who leave their BUMPERS hanging over the side when underway.

’nough said. 😀😀😀

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