A lot of us cringe when we see a vessel underway with its fenders hanging overboard. It’s a sign of a boat that rarely leaves the dock. It’s also a good way to loose said fenders. I’ve found at least a dozen fenders floating over the past few years, some in excellent shape.
But there is a new trend developing that is equally disturbing to me.
We are currently in Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, Florida. There are boats here from all over the country, and even from foreign countries. The above vessel in Canadian.
This guy must be afraid someone is going to ram him from behind!
Aria, is a nicely appointed vessel, well-kept, even has fender covers. Still, they hang outboard of the vessel.
There’s another set of three hanging on the port side of the bow.
I don’t know about you, but all these fenders hanging everywhere just doesn’t sit well with me. It looks junky, and again, it’s a really good way to loose them, especially if underway. In some cases I wonder; why so many fenders in the first place?
And it’s clearly a sailboat thing. I understand they have less room to store them. I have not noticed this phenomenom on trawlers. They either have racks to hold them or enough storage to stow them away when not it use.
Maybe some of you sailors can chime in with your opinion. Anyway, cheers from the middle Keys.