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Old 01-08-2013, 12:41 PM   #41
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alormaria, we frequently go through the locks, but wait until just before we enter the lock to put the fenders out, and retrieve them as we're idling out of the lock.

Gauche, we're not!
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:48 PM   #42
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I have been known to run with fenders down. Not by choice, but because I'm getting better at forgetting things. I would be really distressed, but I can also forget to be bothered by it.
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:41 PM   #43
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...... Most of the SO and older people have a very hard time pulling them, 15 to 20 lbs, in. Just what I need is a injury/heart attack on the boat. ...........
I find I can swing mine onto the deck without lifting them.
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:06 PM   #44
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You gotta pull them in.
Otherwise they rub and cut the lines and you lose them.

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Old 01-08-2013, 02:24 PM   #45
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In my boating venue, it is considered gauche to run with your fenders out. We refer to a boat with fenders out underway as havin' "yacht club racing stripes", a sure sign of a sliphugger.
We call them Arizona Cruisers.
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:27 PM   #46
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My boat came equipped with four tires as fenders. Thought that was taking the tug scheme too far. Besides, they were heavy and awkward to handle and store.

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Old 01-08-2013, 04:52 PM   #47
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I pull mine up, but have been known to run down the sound with them still on the sides. Especially if we're just moving down the Sound. At 8 knots they pose no real danger of flying off as they would've on my previous boats.
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:54 PM   #48
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Gauche, we're not!
I'm from Texas. Never used that word in a sentence.

Gosh Dang it!... I might be Gauche after all!
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:05 PM   #49
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I have been known to run with fenders down. Not by choice, but because I'm getting better at forgetting things. I would be really distressed, but I can also forget to be bothered by it.
I resemble this remark. Luckily our home slip has fenders mounted around the slip so normally I don't have to deal with fenders on the boat. And we leave our dock lines at the slip (have a set for travelling). Less to forget.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:21 PM   #50
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Fenders are our boat's friends! Down when we want... Up when we want. Left down while in slip or at an end-dock, for small boat side ties while at anchor, or for a real short cruise of 30 minutes or less from point a to point b. On side deck for a medium length cruise. Stowed against sun deck railing for long cruise or if seas are expected. Like the pict Marin posed some time ago re hoz fender mounts under top side rails on another GB... that's on my wish-list to accomplish. Don't care what others think of us... been boating way too long to try and be a fashion model! Keep our Tolly in excellent mechanical/overall condition, fairly clean too. NO lipstick on her though. Boat's for our R&R, not for pretty-work to please others' eyes! Just spent a great weekend aboard. We have dark blue stockings on our fenders, spray with hose to clean while hanging at dock, simple and quick, never look dirty, last for many years!
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:50 PM   #51
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I'm embarrassed to say yes, I often have fenders deployed when running. Most of my runs are short and to one swimming hole or another. Here in the canals of Key Biscayne, one never knows if the guy coming at you with his new 70 foot toy has ever piloted a boat before. Wealth outweighs common sense and experience to a large degree here. We have been hit at the dock and in the canals. It's a heck of a thing to say it, but I wear 'em for protection.

Out on the Bay or on runs over a half hour or so, I pull 'em in.
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:12 PM   #52
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Nothing says "Boatnik" faster than an underway vsl with fenders flapping in the breeze!
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:11 PM   #53
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Now don't you all feel better telling it t is.
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:24 PM   #54
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Sometimes.

It's a short jaunt between our moorage and the Chittenden Locks. If single handed, I just leave them out between the dock and the locks. There's enough going on without dealing with the fenders, and they will definitely be needed in the locks. The wife will sometimes take them in and then put them right back out again for the locks- it just depends on how busy she is.

If we aren't going through the locks on a given day, or as soon as we clear the locks if we are, the fenders are stowed on easily reached racks either side of the flybridge cowling. Leaving them on deck creates a trip hazard, both from the floats and from the whips- at least in my opinion.

As a guy who prefers to run from the lower helm a lot (maybe due to our frequently liquid weather) I have not been a huge fan of situating fender racks along the rails either side of the foredeck. Unless running from the flybridge or a very proud pilothouse, those "bumpers" can do a great job of blocking visibility.
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:38 PM   #55
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Chuck Gould wrote,

"Unless running from the flybridge or a very proud pilothouse, those "bumpers" can do a great job of blocking visibility."

I agree 110%.

I'm not so fussy about fenders on my deck but I'm real fussy about my view.
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:12 AM   #56
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I'm not so fussy about fenders on my deck but I'm real fussy about my view.
... even to the extent of having no bow pulpit, let alone STRONG handrails.


I'm opposite.

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Old 01-09-2013, 07:12 AM   #57
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I drive people nuts because they are always complaining about rain drops or a little condensation, water spots, etc..etc...on the windshield..

Of course they are usually the same who complain about a little static on the radio too...

After all those years flying helos...my tolerance for "liking" some thing and safely seeing enough is pretty far apart...
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:28 PM   #58
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I was once told that running with your fenders out is like walking around with your fly down.

On the sailboat, fenders go into the cockpit locker once we leave the dock or raft-up. On the tug, they get flipped on deck. That said, we keep a couple fenders permanently tied to the dock in our slip, so we usually only have one or two tied to the boat in the marina, the rest come out for raft-ups.
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NO!!, they blow away.
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Mark wrote;

"even to the extent of having no bow pulpit, let alone STRONG handrails."

Those life lines seem plenty strong to me. Don't recall any Willard owners converting to heavy tubes either. I think they are very common on sailboats. And the security issue would seem to be greater in that application.

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