Safety & Seamanship

A Davis fender undergoes compression testing. Inflation should be around 5 psi.

Fenders and Lines for Seawalls

Fender boards and fenders to the rescue.

To the lubber, tying-up to a bulkhead seems like the simplest of all docking situations. Perhaps with floating docks this is true. You just throw in a few fenders and tie a few lines. Simple. But in the world of tidal bulkheads with pilings or rough concrete facings, it is often a hammer and anvil situation, with the wind and waves hammer incessantly as the anvil moves up and down with the tide, causing fenders to slip out of position.

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