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    Default What's Up Dock

    My boat dock has typical 1 1/2" post pipe set-up.
    I use 3 or more medium size fenders.
    Watching Ship Shape TV the other day, they show
    Post Bumpers by Taylor Made Products.
    They look like they would work great.
    Does any use these?
    How would you rate them?
    2000 Bennington 22


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    Belmont, NH

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    Hey Mike:
    I use Taylor Made fenders but they are the 6 1/2" x 22" captive air type.
    I think they call them the Super Guard type. You can adjust the air cushion with a hand pump & sports needle.
    They work great for docking at our boat dock and when docking at restaurants & other locations etc.
    I also use a post type bumper by K & R which is just a bolt on hard plastic type that gives protection from random bumps when the dock & boat moves.
    These are also available in a softer rubber but still bolt on the post. They work well also.
    Captain Tony
    2005 Summit by Triton - 220T Platinum 3Log
    2005 115HP Mercury Optimax - 228 Marine Master Trailer
    St. Louis & Lake of the Ozarks, MO.

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    Thanks Capt. Tony,
    I did check out the K & R web site
    Luckily for me, I live in an area where there are many marinas and stores.
    Even Walmart has a marine section.
    2000 Bennington 22


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    Funny !!
    Walmart is where I bought the K & R type.

    If you have a dock slip that has sharp corners on it; when entering the slip you can avoid pontoon damage with a corner bumper I found at Menards.
    Captain Tony
    2005 Summit by Triton - 220T Platinum 3Log
    2005 115HP Mercury Optimax - 228 Marine Master Trailer
    St. Louis & Lake of the Ozarks, MO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Tony View Post
    Funny !!
    Walmart is where I bought the K & R type.

    If you have a dock slip that has sharp corners on it; when entering the slip you can avoid pontoon damage with a corner bumper I found at Menards.
    Nice to know I'm not the only one who still runs to Walmart for everything! haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Tony View Post
    Funny !!
    Walmart is where I bought the K & R type.

    If you have a dock slip that has sharp corners on it; when entering the slip you can avoid pontoon damage with a corner bumper I found at Menards.
    Yep, a new tooner is at my seasonal lake site. We had lots of wind last week, and they apparently hit the corner of their slip. Large hole on side of toon, 4”...Yikes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Tony View Post
    Hey Mike:
    I use Taylor Made fenders but they are the 6 1/2" x 22" captive air type.
    I think they call them the Super Guard type. You can adjust the air cushion with a hand pump & sports needle.
    They work great for docking at our boat dock and when docking at restaurants & other locations etc.
    I also use a post type bumper by K & R which is just a bolt on hard plastic type that gives protection from random bumps when the dock & boat moves.
    These are also available in a softer rubber but still bolt on the post. They work well also.
    Thanks for the information Captain Tony. I'm wondering do you stow these 6 1/2" x 22" fenders when underway and, if so, do you have storage ideas? If you keep them outside all the time do you use a quick release system to hold them or do you tie them to a railing, small cleat, or fender holders?
    Carguy Bill

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    Hey carguy:

    I use Perko snap type fender hooks. See link. https://www.iboats.com/shop/perko-sn...iABEgKD_PD_BwE
    I put 4 of these on each side of the pontoon rails then use 1/4 braided line to tie on the Taylor Made 6 1/2" x 22" Super Guard fenders.

    I got the Perko clips from West Marine a number of years ago and I'm sure they are available at lots of online sites for a lot less than current pricing.
    I think even Bass Pro may carry them. By using these clips I can set the fender line length to protect the deck rub rails when docking.

    I use 4 or 6 when in the home dock but will put four on one side when at a remote dock.
    When under way I can flip the bow ones up on my small foredeck protected by a navigation light housing. They stay there and will not come off under way.

    The stern ones are swung up to the sunpad on the port side and just over the rail on the starboard.
    This give me a lot of flexibility also to move fenders around to dock in lots of areas.

    http://www.taylormadeproducts.com/cg...g.pl?item_id=3
    Captain Tony
    2005 Summit by Triton - 220T Platinum 3Log
    2005 115HP Mercury Optimax - 228 Marine Master Trailer
    St. Louis & Lake of the Ozarks, MO.

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