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Frank09
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How do you select the proper size fenders for your boat? My boat has 2 different size fenders that were there when i bought it. There is a huge difference in their size.

 

 

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It's my opinion that fenders
should be as large as you can
possibly manage.
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http://www.polyformus.com/doc/fenderguide.htm

http://www.savvyboater.com/store/c/89-Boat-Fenders-Standard- .aspx?Attribs=334+228+340

couple of helpful tools



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jeffnick wrote:
It's my opinion that fenders
should be as large as you can
possibly manage.  

Do you really believe this?!?!?!? How big are the fenders on your boat and what size boat do you have?

I am 5'10 and 220lbs. I could manage a pretty large piece of air filled rubber.

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I don't think he actually meant that you could manage but that the boat could accommodate without being a hindrance. 

That charts are a good basis for what you need.  



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Surely that's what was meant and i agree. If you have the space to store it go big....
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If you have fender holders on your rails measure them.


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jeffnick wrote:
It's my opinion that fenders
should be as large as you can
possibly manage.  

 

The problem with such a general response as this is that it leaves too much room for interpretation. I have stated on more that 1 occassion that I am a new boat owner. I need real information that I can quantify and put to practical use. As the charts provided.

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TranquilityBase wrote:
If you have fender holders on your rails measure them.  

 

No fender holders on the rails. And even if there were that doesn't insure that the previous owner had the appropriate size for the boat.

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Frank,

Bear in mind that desired fender size is also a function of your dock setup.  Protected vs, exposed, floating vs. fixed, dock construction, etc.

In addition to the info you've been provided here, you may want to walk the docks where you intend to keep the boat and see what other boaters are using in your similar application.

Bring a tape measure 


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Sometimes you have to dig a little but the answers are usually there. 



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Make it easy, you have 2 sizes on your boat so use the bigger one. There, simple....
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Frank09 wrote:

jeffnick wrote:
It's my opinion
that fenders should be as large as you
can possibly manage.  


 


The problem with such a general
response as this is that it leaves too
much room for interpretation. I have
stated on more that 1 occassion that I
am a new boat owner. I need real
information that I can quantify and
put to practical use. As the charts
provided.

 

One day you'll understand...
Mine are way bigger than the ones
that came with the boat. I'll gladly put
up with their redneck appearance for
the protection they provide.

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This site doesn't do pics f/ my phone
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Or hotlinks...evidently.
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jeffnick wrote:
This site doesn't do pics f/ my phone
anymore.
http://s112.photobucket.com/albums/
n171/jeffnick/1MTA/?
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Or hotlinks...evidently.  


I'm sure Deedle will blame it on TB

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Frank, as others said, much depends on your specific situation, including weather and tie-up method. I've got 8" fenders on my boat, which are by all
accounts over-sized, but I use them to raft up and in bad weather, so the 6" I had before were not adequate. In my slip I don't need fenders when I'm
fully tied up, so I don't use them there, but if I did I'd probably go 10" or use the big round ones.
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Mike M2 wrote:
Make it easy, you have 2 sizes on your boat so use the bigger one. There, simple....  

 

Not quite so simple. Just because they are there doesnt mean they are the proper size. As i said before I am a new boater and trying not to make costly mistakes. I am looking for quantifiable information that I can put to use. if you cant help please don't hurt.

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I feel the need to provide some additional information that may be helpful to those of you who offer advice.

The boat is a Chris Craft Amerosport 320 with a sedan bridge. Over all length with swim platform and bow pulpit is approximately 37'. The marina has floating docks and is designated as a hurricane hole.

 

I walked the docks today and saw a very wide variance of fenders being used. I tried to look at boats approximately the same size as mine. and still there were variances.

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Frank, relax, don't make too much of this. People use all
different sizes, and use them effectively. As mentioned
above, look at your slip, or, where you will be tying up,
pick a size that will work there, that you can store on
your boat easily, and run with it. As Mike said, if two
sizes on the boat work and fit, use the bigger ones when
possible. There is no formula that works for every boat in
every different location.
This is a very gray area in the boating realm, ask 10
people, get 10 different answers.
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Polyform G6 (11d x 30l) for 28x8 boat. The fender holders and fenders that came with the boat were way too small.

 

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My holders are for 8 x 28 as well. They are fine for the gas dock and
my hoe dock, but I keep 10" ones stowed for rafting. The big ball type
were discussed here a few months ago, and I ordered some, have yet
to use them though. I got the deflatable ones, so they can be stowed.
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I have to get me one of *those*docks!
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Sure would be nice if I could edit and put an M at that dock, the current one could get me in trouble.
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parkrode360 wrote:
I have to get me one of *those*docks!  


You haven't been there lately,  you have one! 
I watched then launch and prep your boat last week but haven't seen you there yet.  We have some new faces at the dock this year and some empty slips that have not been filled.  Unfortunately the Hoes brought there low life friends with them and I had to do a little complaining at the office.   You probably read about some of this on an other forum but I'll tell you in person when I see you.



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Yeah, Stuie had said the boat had been in for over month, was down there three weeks ago and it was still up by the fence.  Got put in and I was down that weekend washing it. Father's day weekend was all granddaughter!

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