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    Walking fender size advice

    i have a 32xx and am looking to purchase a round style walking fender to assist when docking, etc. I am wondering if anyone else uses one and if so, what diameter do you use and where do you store it on your boat when not in use.

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    I've never heard the term walking fender.
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      #3
      perhaps its just a Coast Guard Aux. term but a walking fender is used to be able to quickly place a fender between your boat and another object vs. having your fenders tied off and not being able to move them quickly.

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        #4
        It is also called a roving fender

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            #6
            I would just make sure it’s light and easy enough for your first mate or anyone to handle. I have one, smaller then my normal fenders, it has come in handy going through the locks when you only have a few seconds to get ready for the boat coming alongside. I don’t use it often, but nice to have when I do. When I am cruising it resides in the cockpit, when I am not cruising it goes below in the cockpit storage. Just want to add that in the locks I have my fenders ready on both sides, but sometimes a smaller boat gets put alongside and you don’t have time to adjust. I’m sure there are other applications where a walking fender comes in handy.
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              #7
              Originally posted by brian95006 View Post
              i have a 32xx and am looking to purchase a round style walking fender to assist when docking, etc. I am wondering if anyone else uses one and if so, what diameter do you use and where do you store it on your boat when not in use.
              a 24 to 27 inch round fender works well for that purpose....as to where you would store it on your boat, thats for you to decide.

              I used 24inchers as my working fenders on another boat I had, and I just stored them tied them to the rail on the foredeck....

              they are also big and stout enough to use as a float in the event that you need to drop your anchor rode/chain for any reason and come back later to retrieve it,

              I used mine a lot as a marker for diving (tie an anchor and rode directly to it, and toss it over) for marking the reef in open ocean so that one can keep a visual on the site when live-boating....



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