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Protect Your Sailboat Hull with This Sentinel

Imagine that you need to tie up alongside a pier full of crusty, razor-sharp barnacles that cover the surface of the pilings. Or maybe you need to lie next to a stone or concrete seawall.

What little-known option will protect your hull, be a lot more effective than a line of fenders and provide peace-of-mind when cruising or sailing? Follow these easy sailing tips to protect your expensive sailboat from damage this sailing season!

Hang fenders in a vertical position when you need to tie up alongside a flush seawall or pier. Vertical fenders lose their effectiveness inside a slip. They can roll off of a piling as the tide rises and falls or the boat moves about on slack docking lines.

Turn fenders horizontal to spread the surface area a bit more inside a slip or along irregular pier faces. But there’s another option that provides unbroken surface protection over a large area.

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About John Jamieson

John Jamieson
Captain John Jamieson was a search and rescue skipper, ship driver, navigator, and master training specialist in the U.S. Coast Guard. He later directed the Seamanship and Chart Navigation departments for the Professional Mariner program at the Chapman School of Seamanship in Florida. He is the author of 'Seamanship Secrets' published by McGraw-Hill and has written 20 other eBooks on navigation, seamanship, and small boat handling. Visit his website at www.skippertips.com

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