FENDER ATTACHMENT STRETCHES FOR BEST PROTECTION
A simple device can help prevent those unwanted moments when the possibility of damage is present during docking maneuvers.
By Capt. Ken Kreisler
Here at the Boat & Yacht Report, we are always on the lookout for products that can enhance our boating experiences. I came across this one from Davis Instruments and thought it might be of interest to some of you who want an extra edge on protecting your boat’s hull and rails while leaving and getting into the dock.
There are various rope, strap and clip fender attachment products on the market, but none provide the stretch needed when a fender gets caught between the dock and boat while the boat is still moving forward. The Shockles FenderFriend from Davis Instruments is the first and only fender whip with a built-in shock absorber to receive the impact generated by fenders rubbing against the hull, dock or piling.
The stretch protects both the boat and fender from damage. Keeping stanchions, rails and cleats from bending under pull, FenderFriend helps keep fenders in place while docking, or during surges and wakes when the boat is unattended
With no knots to tie, FenderFriend is incredibly easy to use. The quick-release NEXUS® NYLON buckle makes deploying and stowing fenders quick and easy. FenderFriend can be clipped to anything, including cleats, lifelines, stanchions and handrails.
It can be set to length for a standard docking situation and anyone can easily deploy the fenders. The adjustable buckle allows FenderFriend to be set to the correct length. Owners simply tighten or loosen the strap to adjust the fender height.
FenderFriend is available in two styles. Both the Twin-Eye and Center-Tube versions allow the strap length to be adjusted from 16-72″. Its tubular nylon webbing protects the elastomer from UV rays and abrasion. FenderFriend provides 12″ of shock-absorbing stretch.