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 Fotolia.com)

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.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

  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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