Originally Posted by GarryP
I love a substantial rub rail. You never know when you might rub up against a piling or obstruction. They are great for pulling into a slip with pilings or pivoting. Flimsy rub rails are just asking for damage. Fenders are nice but when there's no time tp deploy them they are not there.
I'm not going to say rubrails are not needed because in many situations (as you mention), they are.
As for for "Fenders are nice but when there's no time tp deploy them they are not there", one of the things I equate with inexperienced boaters is approaching the dock or slip unprepared. I put my fenders down and set my lines up before my approach.