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Fender hooks 13 Jan 2020 23:25 #101370

That curved line of these boats of course is what makes them so attractive, but at the same time is IMHO the biggest nuisance when it comes to docking. The fender is NEVER hanging where you need it. Your sliding clips are a big plus, but I always hang my fenders horizontally (when I have them with me). I have side cleats near the bow, and run a rope from that cleat to the side cleats behind the front seat.

The curved sides are particularly problematic when you are trying to tie two Feathercrafts to each other, such as in the locks. You get the fender hanging where you need it, then the back end swings around on one of the boats, and it's in the wrong place again. It can be hard to stay polite in those locks! Especially if your boat is painted...
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Fender hooks 13 Jan 2020 15:43 #101359

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Thanks guys. I was looking at those pics of all the boats going through the locks, and wondering how many fenders one would need to carry and how to deploy them quickly. If you had the kind of fenders with a hole thru the middle, you could use 2 clips to hang them horizontally.

Jeff, you might be on to something there... I've got another 8 feet or so of that pipe, so that'd carry me for a couple days at least. :) Seriously though, I did make a lot more than I need, so if anyone needs a pair or two and doesn't feel like making them, I'll be happy to drop some in the mail to you.
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Fender hooks 13 Jan 2020 01:21 #101344

jmhyatt wrote: You could exchange them for beer at Arrowhead... get into all sorts of trouble.

GREAT win win idea!!!
Thanks Rick for the idea and, especially, the pictures of how they're made.
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Fender hooks 12 Jan 2020 23:45 #101340

You could exchange them for beer at Arrowhead... get into all sorts of trouble.
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Fender hooks 12 Jan 2020 18:59 #101333

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Rick, I've struggled with the same issue and never came up with a good solution. Your ingenuity and craftsmanship never ceases to amaze!.
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Fender hooks 12 Jan 2020 17:06 #101330

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With some spring-like temps here yesterday, it seemed like a good time to putter around some out in the shop doing 'boat things'. I'd been thinking about how to hang fenders on the Vagabond. There've been some good ideas posted elsewhere here, but I decided that I didn't want to add anything to the boat to do it. They also had to be quick on and off and able to mount anywhere along either side of the boat where they were needed. I previously came up with a solution for my Lund using 1 1/2" PVC pipe sections, and the narrow gunnel extrusions on my '54 Vagabond were pretty similar. With a few adjustments, this was the result...


They're just a 'C' section of pipe that rolls over the extrusion, that are simple and quick to make. The fender height can be quickly adjusted by adding a knot. Slicing the pipe lengthwise is safer and more precise with a jig...


I suspect that these would work on the front of newer, wide gunnel boats as well. They'd just sit on the inside rather than over the top.

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