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Old 05-29-2014, 04:37 PM   #1
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HTM or Twin Eye Fenders?

I've always had hole-through-the-middle (HTM) fenders on my boats, but then always simply hang them vertically.

Twin eye fenders are cheaper for the same manufacturer/size... and other than a different attachment to the fender lines, I don't see much difference.


But maybe I'm missing something.

Do you all have a preference? Why?
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Old 05-29-2014, 05:02 PM   #2
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I'm replacing the through the middle with twin eye because I can tie a line on each end to string them sideways if need be when I am at a fixed dock.

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Old 05-29-2014, 05:10 PM   #3
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I was torn too but actually found the middle hole ones cheaper than 2 eye...ultimately...I don't see much of a difference and haven't figured out something you can do with one and not another...

Other than the middle hole ones MAY roll a bit rather than scuff...but that's a stretch in most cases.
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I was torn too but actually found the middle hole ones cheaper than 2 eye
Interesting that you found the others cheaper. This is what spawned my curiosity and question.

For example, just a couple common online stores show:

Defender
HTM @ $75 vs Twin eye @ $58

West Marine
HTM 10x26 @ $98 vs Twin eye 10.5x30 @ $80
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Old 05-29-2014, 05:30 PM   #5
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I have both and like the twin eye better. Find them just as effective when hung straight and easier to use when I need to string them sideways for a piling.
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Old 05-29-2014, 06:12 PM   #6
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I have both and like the twin eye better. Find them just as effective when hung straight and easier to use when I need to string them sideways for a piling.
Ditto. Or especially against a bulk head. I like the twin eyes with a slight V on one side(name escapes me) best of all for pilings.
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:33 PM   #7
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I use the twin eye fenders. West Marine puts them on sale from time to time and if you buy Taylor brand, they are guaranteed and WM will replace them.
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:48 PM   #8
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Some of my fenders are "single-eyed," others "double." Perhaps that's because our docks float.

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I use almost exclusively single eye fenders. The double eye types most of the time have one eye submerged in the water and the eye quickly fouls. I rig my one eye fenders as lows possible (depending on float type) so that the bottom of the fender is not in the water and hence never fouls.

If you use hole through the middle the big knot of line on the bottom fouls just like the two eye fenders.

I much prefer the one eyes for that reason.
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:18 PM   #10
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I use almost exclusively single eye fenders. The double eye types most of the time have one eye submerged in the water and the eye quickly fouls.........
Or you could just raise them a bit so they are out of the water.

With two eyes you can rig them vertically or horizontally. Or on a dock or piling when necessary.
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I think I'm moving to these.
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Old 05-30-2014, 01:12 PM   #12
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Thanks everyone for their input.

I think I'm going to go with 6 of the twin eye fenders as well as a pair of the single-eye buoy style.
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Old 05-30-2014, 06:09 PM   #13
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Interesting that you found the others cheaper. This is what spawned my curiosity and question.

For example, just a couple common online stores show:

Defender
HTM @ $75 vs Twin eye @ $58

West Marine
HTM 10x26 @ $98 vs Twin eye 10.5x30 @ $80
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I'm replacing the through the middle with twin eye because I can tie a line on each end to string them sideways if need be when I am at a fixed dock.

Dave
Cant you do that with the HTM fenders?
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I use different diameter fenders so the curved hull "fits" (more or less) the straight dock.

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Mark wrote "I use different diameter fenders so the curved hull "fits" (more or less) the straight dock."

Since Willy's hull is anything but slab sided we do to. Always in the bow and at times aft. I use the ball for initial contact w the float fwd when making my angled approach. More angle latitude. And since Willy's so curved I always tie her bow out and stern in to make it much easier to board aft. But Willy's slab sided compared to some sailboats trying to minimize their PC/angle of entry. Some are extremely diamond shaped.
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