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    I’m new to Wayfarers and have just bought one to take my friends and family sailing. I would like to buy some fenders so that the pontoon at my club doesn’t chew the sides of my boat while people are getting in and out. I’ve also spotted a neat trick on this website involving fenders to haul a boat safely out of the water by using them as rollers.

    Could someone please tell me the best sizes and type of fenders to use and how to secure them so that they can do their job safely.

    I hope to be getting involved with UKWA sailing next season.



    Bob Harland

    If it’s a case of quickly putting a fender out to keep the boat from bouncing on a pontoon then you need something reasonably modest. We use 2 that are approx 19″ overall x 5″ dia. A lanyard on each end, one of which has a clip to go on the shrouds. That means they can be very quickly deployed.
    Unfortunately when it comes to boat rolling you want something fairly long e.g. 3′ and a diametre ideally less than 1′. For boat rolling the longer the better, but keep the diametre small. In the past people have used drain pipe. It is possible to roll the boat on smaller fenders it’s just a lot more difficult as the boat needs to be kept dead straight otherwise it will fall off the fender.
    As you can imagine stowage can be a problem. When we had a mark1A we stowed 2 such big fenders under the forward side benches.
    It’s difficult to find fenders long enough that are not too fat. If you are going to do boat rolling then you have to start by getting the boat onto the roller – so a fat roller makes this more difficult.



    Hi Bob, thanks for your reply and the benefit of your experience. This may sound like a silly question but do you hang the fenders vertically or horizontally? If the latter, do you string them together?

    Also, if you tied two together lengthwise to make a super-long fender, could it double as one boat roller?



    Bob Harland

    how you hang the fender depends on the pontoon and whatever fixing points you have on the boat. It’s usually a compromise as a lot of pontoons are designed for yachts rather than dinghies. 45 degrees often seems to work well.

    For boat rollers you need to get the fender under the central keel, so stringing them together does not help.

    There is a bit of boat roller correspondence on:


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