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Old 11-26-2020, 09:33 AM
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Lots of sales going on, including WM, so I'm looking at some options.

I hate round fenders, on a small skiff like mine there aren't enough points to lash it or ways to get them high enough to save your rubrail it seems. So the flat ones that can fold over the top of the gunnels seemed like a good idea, but I've read reviews about them acting like sand paper and rubbing areas badly. I assume this doesn't happen to the round ones as they roll?

So what's the general thought? Round, flat, inflated, foam?

Would I be better off taking pool noodles and zip tying them to the dock for short (weekend to a week) visits?
Old 11-26-2020, 10:20 AM
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Round blue rubber foam filled is my use
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Get yourself a couple A1 poly balls in white , and a couple of covers for them from cover pro for $15.00 a piece. Practical, affordable
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Get yourself a couple A1 poly balls in white , and a couple of covers for them from cover pro for $15.00 a piece. Practical, affordable
Google brings up nothing on A1 poly balls, or cover pro related to fenders. do they have a site?
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They look interesting, but wouldn't they have similar rubbing issues since they can't roll?
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Any fender which rubs against the boat, where there is an abrasive material (sand, heavy dust, salt crystals) will cause some abrasion. Keep fenders clean, use fender covers and keep them clean. Keep the boat hull well waxed. I have used the cylinder type of Fenders--as large as you can easily handle. I also carry a couple super large inflatable fenders (PVC or Hypalon). I also carry a 4' long Fender board. I also carry at least one round fender--but that is with a 25' pilot house boat.

I clean my fenders several times a year: GoJo natural hand clean, mild pumice. Then Dawn soap, rinse well and dry. Give several spray coats of 303 Aerospace protectorate for plastics. Let dry, put clean covers on, which were washed in machine.

I used the pool noodles on pilings when we would spend 4 months in Marathon during the winter for 4 years. That kept the rub rail on the Caracal Cat from being dinged up. You just replace the foam pool noodles periodically. For a small boat it is an excellent way to fender a boat where you have a long term docking.
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Originally Posted by Firecat1981 View Post
Google brings up nothing on A1 poly balls, or cover pro related to fenders. do they have a site?

Fenders
https://www.westmarine.com/buy/polyf...oy--P011629953

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https://www.boat-fender-covers.com/pca1.html

the covers ship from turkey. Air freight. USPS priority. They arrive in less than a week. I was skeptical.

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Here ya go.
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Thanks for the links. I won't have a floating dock, so I'll need to protect my boat from the pilings.
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Taylor Made Products is also great. This boat fender comes with a contoured shape which provides a great fit to the usual rounded shape of all pontoon boats. This is indeed a dock edge pontoon fender the provides a perfect hug to the deck of the boat. This will protect the boat surface from any damage or scratches during an unintentional collision.
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Take a look at the Mission Sentry product. May or may not be right for you, but it's an option. www.missionboatgear.com/collections/boat-fenders

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