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Protecting the topsides when coming alongside a rough harbour wall

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What is the issue?
Some harbour walls are too uneven or rough for fenders to adequately protect the vessels top sides.

Why address this?
It only takes a few minutes against a rough harbour wall for the topsides to be badly marked if not destroyed.

How to address this?
Use a fender board as presented in figure 1.
Heavy fender boards are indispensable but are unwieldy and awkward to store aboard. Hence it makes sense to maximise their utility by making it serve many purposes.
In figure 1 the board has narrow cut out sections to slightly lighten the board and enable it to be used as a ladder. Keeping the cut-outs small will allow fender boards make ideal gang planks and as a push pit seat in vessels with a wide stern cockpit.

Fender boards are heavy so fix them to the base of the stanchion posts as presented in figure 1.

With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.

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