Docking Made Easy Video - Fenders

Docking Made Easy: Fenders

Hanging fenders is something we all have to do, but new sailors might be wondering about the correct way to accomplish this common task. So, for them, we have created a simple straight-forward video that shows exactly what to do. In this tutorial we demonstrate the knots recommended for adhering fenders and the correct areas for placement. More seasoned sailors can use this video to send to beginner crew thereby getting them involved with a basic but necessary job.

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David Pyle
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That’s not a rolling hitch. When doing the third turn you you go the sane direction as the first two turns. In this case, she should have continued over the top of the lifeline and up through the standing part. Instead, the third turn was taken under the lifeline. See page 67 of “Sailing Made Easy”.

Jonathan Ganz
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Exactly right David. Here’s a great video of it. http://www.animatedknots.com/rollinghitch/index.php

In addition, I don’t like putting fenders on lifelines, as if one should get caught under the lip of the dock and the side of the boat, the
lifeline could be damaged. It’s a bit better to tied them to the base of the stanchion.

The stanchion won’t break if it’s backed properly. The best place would be a cleat, but many
boats don’t have cleats in the right spots.

K Man
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Why would you do an instructional showing the EASIEST way to tie them (standing on the dock) when that’s NOT what the newbie will be doing??? Duh. Demonstrate it real world from the newbies perspective.

Same concept as EVERY circle diagram or interactive that explains Point of Sail by depicting the BOAT rotating about a fixed wind direction. That’s NOT HOW a newbie will experience it on the boat!! The boat is fixed relative to the newbie, and the wind CIRCLES AROUND THE BOAT. Duh!!!

leont
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You should not tie fenders to lifelines.

Tony
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I agree. Lifelines often go slack when boarding gates are opened up, changing the height of the fenders. I prefer attaching them to stanchion bases or toe rails.

Kostis
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In Greece I was taught to tie fenders to lifelines. That way you can move them quickly forward and aft as necessary during docking, without having to untie them.

Tony
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I cannot imagine ever using a rolling hitch to attach a fender. The main purpose of the rolling hitch is to apply a shear (sideways) load to the knot. It holds in one direction and slides in the other. Using this for a fender on a lifeline makes no sense. The round turn and two half hitches is the appropriate knot, IMHO. And I never allow a clove hitch for fenders, even though it is widely taught. It’s a temporary knot which can come untied under a cycling load. I have had to buy too many fenders that fell overboard… Read more »
Phil
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Clove hitches for fenders are mostly taught (in my experience) as being tied off later with half hitches once placement is finalized. This is due to the frequent need to move them or adjust their height before finally securing the boat and going home. It’s what I do and it is “easiest” in overall work. Of course, I habitually inspect and finish or retie every fender after all the dock lines are set correctly; if people forget to do this then teaching people to add the half hitches immediately (just as suggested with a round turn or a rolling hitch)… Read more »
Jonathan Ganz
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I make some extra money picking up lost fenders. 🙂

Tony
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The “just kissing the water” height recommendation is good for floating docks, but will typically be way too low for fixed docks.
If you don’t know what kind of dock you’re approaching, do a drive-by and take a look, or call the marina on the VHF or cell phone and ask.

Ivan V
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unfortunately, i was taught to tie knots in a labor union with taskmasters just aching for a mandatory “DRUG TEST
DRUG TEST,DRUG TEST!!!” a book they use is by a Leonard Koel. i thank god that horrible experiance is over..