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Old 03-10-2017, 10:14 AM   #1
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Piling Bumpers

Want to make piling bumper, if that is what they are called, the bumpers that slide up and down on a piling when at a pier or other places where pilings are on the outside of a dock. Any idea as to what works and what made of will help
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Years ago when I was cruising full time, I kept a 12' 2x6 on the deck to use for a piling fender. It was long enough to bridge two piles. I would tie if off to the side of the boat and then use two normal fenders to stand it off. The relatively smooth board let it slide up and down against the pile with the tide.

Another way is to use couple of 4' boards which would let you ride against a couple of piles and the length would keep it lined up on the pile as the tide rose and fell. But it would take two fenders per board.

If the tide is minimal, you can just use a long fender tied horizontally to ride against the pile.

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Those would be called "fender boards". There are several articles on the Internet that show these and how to make them.
Taylor Made makes rubber parts that fit on the ends of 2X4" lumber to make fender boards that work without the need for separate fenders. Not as good as the real thing perhaps, but far easier to store and deploy. I made two and they work for me.
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Those would be called "fender boards". There are several articles on the Internet that show these and how to make them.
Taylor Made makes rubber parts that fit on the ends of 2X4" lumber to make fender boards that work without the need for separate fenders. Not as good as the real thing perhaps, but far easier to store and deploy. I made two and they work for me.
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Taylor Made makes rubber parts that fit on the ends of 2X4" lumber to make fender boards that work without the need for separate fenders.
Note they don't float. Guess how I know..
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Note they don't float. Guess how I know..
But the 2X4s float don't they? I drilled holes for my lines through the rubber ends (and the wood) so they can't fall off.
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I just make my own batter/gender boards.

You can make them very fancy out of varnished teak with SS rub strips on them.
Or very utilitarian out of treated lumber.
Either way works.

I like them long and lay the across 2 or 3 vertical hanging fenders. I usually suse two boards with 8-12" of space between the boards. That way they rest against the fenders nicely and spread the load.
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But the 2X4s float don't they? I drilled holes for my lines through the rubber ends (and the wood) so they can't fall off.
Sure, that's how I do it now.
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Any idea as to what works and what made of will help
If you're expecting surges caused by wind, tide, wakes or someone rafting outside you, too many fenders is never enough.
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I just tie the fenders around the piling. Then I don't have to worry about the boat moving and the fender slipping away from the piling.
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Does anyone have the part # for the Taylor Made parts.
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The photo shows the best use of fender boards , to hold a bunch of fenders.

The mfg bumpers to fit a 2x4 or 2x6 for heavier boats and are great to hold the fenders behind the board as well as keep the hull from scratching should the fenders become displaced.

A pair of Oak 2x6 boards with 2 strips of bronze half round to take the wear , should be part of the gear for any inshore cruiser.
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Somewhere I saw a fender board made with something like 4" PVC pipe.. can't remember details or where I saw it, but imagination from that hint might work

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Here's an example of a feder board I saw this weekend.
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Here's an example of a feder board I saw this weekend.
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Does anyone have the part # for the Taylor Made parts.
96011 Taylor Made Products 2015 Catalog
I don't like these. Don't keep the boat far enough from the board.
They are easier to use than a board and two fenders.

Another option is to use a flat fender in a horizontal position.
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The flat fender is what I use but it has the same problem as the 96011, too thin.
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I just tie the fenders around the piling. Then I don't have to worry about the boat moving and the fender slipping away from the piling.
That hasn't worked for me on fixed docks in tidal areas. Once I allow for the tidal range, the boat is loose enough that it moves away from the fender.

The Taylor Made things don't hold the boat as far away from the piling as I would like, but they do work.
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We made ours out of 2" PVC, 6' long, with couplings glued at each end. I ran a 3/8" line inside the pipe with a half hitch @ each end so the pipe would not slip when in the fixed position.
Rope lets us hang the fender in almost any location and height. I install with 3 fenders and have on 1 occasion, had to use 4 fenders. If I had to make again, I would increase the pipe diameter to 3" and maybe use schedule 80 PVC. Other than that - easy to store and deploy.
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Our theory. When you're putting fenders to protect against horizontal rails and docks, you use vertical fenders. No such thing as too many either.

So, then it's a vertical piling or post to protect against, we buy the fender board concept but accomplish it just by having some very large fenders and hanging them horizontally instead of vertically. There are some enormous sizes available but we don't go to the largest.
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BandB makes a good suggestion. Taylormade even makes a fender that is designed to stay centered on a piling. They call it the Freedom fender.
You can see it here Taylor Made Products 2015 Catalog
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