E381 - Los Angeles
I saw those and considered them. They look prettier but what I came up with is easier on/off, won't shred, stows easier, and iirc the 25 ft roll of used fire hose cost me something like $20.When I lived with pilings fender boards were common, often beautifully varnished with names cut in. They could be hung as needed to fend off pilings and tide rise.
Now I see WM makes it easy to build one.
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So where does one find used fire hose for sale?and iirc the 25 ft roll of used fire hose cost me something like $20.
I don't know if you are referring to the rubbing/skidding sound of the vinyl fender but I have found squirting some dish detergent onto the fender where it meets the hull can quiet things down. Also squeaking dock lines can be quieted down with dish detergent. I used to use dry lube but it didn't seem to be as effective and is more expensiveThe HugR fixed fenders are well made and attractive, but they have a voice. A vinyl "scrunch" when the boat compresses them (there's only 8" clearance on either side in my slip).
My fenders go in the anchor locker.I may have been misinformed, but many years ago I read or had someone tell me that I shouldn't hang fenders from the lifelines. I don't recall what the reasoning was, but it stuck with me. Ever since then I have temporarily hung the fenders from the lifelines when arriving back at dock because its easy to get them into position that way, but then re-tied them to stanchions or the toe rail cleat or the rail itself where it crosses the scupper opening when leaving the boat. I side tie the boat and the bumpers are nearly constantly under pressure. But why not use the lifelines? Any drawbacks? It would be so much easier.
Grant's idea is a great one too. I once found a fender line draped across the front of the PSS shaft seal. A few inches further forward and it could have been caught up in the coupler and turned into a bad situation. I now tie them all off in the lazarette.