*The Polyform US Fender Guide is to be used as a general guide. Common sense, as well as an understanding
of your boat and mooring conditions, must be considered. The final responsibility has to be taken by
the consumer due to many variables out of Polyform's control.
Every docking situation is different, and fenders make docking safer but they can't protect your boat in all
conditions. However, there are a few things you can do to help get the most protection. Tie fenders to something
solid like a stanchion base or deck cleat along the rail and don't tie to lifelines which are not designed to handle
the pressure of rough or tidal conditions. Always hang fenders close enough to the surface of the water that they
can't be pushed up by the movement of the boat against the dock, and make sure to tie your fenders in as low as
possible this prevents them from swinging in a wide arc and winding up on top of the dock, rather than between
your hull and the dock where they belong.
Use at least three fenders when docking - one at maximum beam, one each at fore and aft.
When rafting, the best fendering technique is to have the fenders in place on the boat
already moored or at anchor. Group three standard fenders rather close to maximum
beam, then position two round A Series or LD Series buoys fore and aft to provide
greater protection from boats tossing into each other.