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Old 05-08-2013, 07:41 PM
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May sound like a stupid question, but I just purchased a Contender 23 Open, which only has a cleat on the bow by the anchor locker and two in the stern facing backwards. Where would you attach fenders and how would you set up dock lines for docking? My last boat had cleats everywhere so it is a bit of a change...
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How are you docking our boat? There are tons of docking utube videos and online articles that can help you.
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Can you add pop-up cleats with backing plates for fenders and spring lines? Mid-fenders could be attached to the T-top tube frame if necessary.
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Take a look at these. Removable cleats you van use in your rod holders. They are lightduty but have served me well so far.

https://www.readycleat.com/
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May sound like a stupid question, but I just purchased a Contender 23 Open, which only has a cleat on the bow by the anchor locker and two in the stern facing backwards. Where would you attach fenders and how would you set up dock lines for docking? My last boat had cleats everywhere so it is a bit of a change...
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Tie a fender to a PVC pipe and put it in the nearest rod holder that would work best for your dock. Usually there are more rod holders than cleats on these boats
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I attached my fenders to the ends of 18" sections of PVC. When I dock I just stick the PVC in the rod holders. It keeps the cleats free for dock lines.
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Install pop=up cleats midway along gunnels for spring lines. If you are keeping the boat in a slip, you absolutely should be using spring lines.
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I use PVC pipe for the fenders. Spring lines can come from the bow and stern, as well as breast lines. In some cases I have used 2" wooden closet dowels in the rod holders for spring lines.
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My 23 Regulator didn't come with midship cleats. I installed them along with a bunch more rod holders.
It's amazing that the people who build these boats can overlook something as essential as a midship cleat. I guess they think we're all gonna trailer these things
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I am now the sole retailer for FenderSpike and have a great promotion going on for anyone interested.
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Some examples. Generally I end up reversing the set up with the crossed lines at the transom so the bow lines go to the forward pilings and the transom to the dock. I don't remember any of my boats ever not having a mid ship cleat. Pretty lousy design but I agree a piece of PVC in a rod holder would be an inexpensive fix. Good luck.
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My buddy just picked up a Scout with no mid cleats...real pain to dock. The builders should be ashamed of themselves. The only way to add a cleat would be to hole saw a pie plate in the liner for access.
As far as fenders, use 1" pvc with a cap in rod holder, costs about $1.50 to make. Or you can use wood dowel. Quick and easy to deploy/remove the fenders.
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That is rediculous that a new boat doesn't come with midship cleats.
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I just looked at my earlier post and realized my recommendation really doesn't help for spring lines just fenders. It looks like Mr. Demeanor's offering may be the best bet for spring lines since PVC sure wouldn't be sturdy enough to tie a spring line to.

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