Correct Way to Hang a Boat Fender

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Correct Way to Hang a Boat Fender
Even if the pier has fenders, your boat should too. (buoys and bumpers image by Sirena Designs from

Fenders are bumpers that keep your boat from rubbing against a pier while the boat is in dock. Usually, fenders are attached to a plank, called a "bumper board," that allows you to hang several fenders from a single board. The bumper board hangs over the side of the boat, tied to deck cleats, the T-shaped metal fixtures near the edge of the deck to which you tie dock lines.

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  1. 1

    Push the rope on the tops of the fenders through the holes in the bumper board. Make a loop in the end of the rope above the bumper board and pass the end of the rope through the loop twice, to make a barrel knot that prevents the rope from sliding back through the bumper board.

  2. 2

    Tie the two ropes on the ends of the bumper board to two cleats by wrapping the line three times around and under the "horns" of the cleat in a figure-eight fashion.

  3. 3

    When told by the captain, lower the bumper board over the side of the boat so it hangs over the side and the fenders hang from the bumper board.

  4. 4

    Tie required dock lines over the bumper board lines. Cleats can hold several lines at once.

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