How many fenders?

The number of fenders you need depends entirely on how you plan to use them, and based on the length of your boat—two to four fenders per side should work well for most boats.

You may also want an extra fender for what’s called a “roving fender,” that isn’t tied on, but instead, is managed by one of your crew and can be placed wherever needed at the last minute.

How Fenders Work?

Whether inflated or soft foam, cylindrical, spherical or flat—fenders absorb the shock of vessels bumping into docks or other vessels. They insulate the boat from damage and decelerate it as it surges and rolls about. Boats that tie up to floating docks usually set fenders just above the waterline to maintain a buffer zone between dock and boat. Boats that raft together place the fenders at the point of contact—generally where the beam is the widest. Docking next to pilings presents a special challenge; the pilings tend to push the fenders aside, with damaging consequences. A solution is to use a fender board that spans the distance between pilings. With the fenders and board, a boat can ride reasonably comfortably against a wharf.

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