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mzimme
03-30-2012, 03:24 PM
Havent had my 83 stars and stripes on the water yet, but I do like to tie up on occasion, and since there are no cleats to hang fenders from, I'm curious where people tie fenders to keep from damaging the boat. I figure to tie off on a dock I'll just use that eye hook on the bow, and a transom hook, but when I tie up to others, I don't really know what to do about hanging bumpers/fenders. Any suggestions besides adding cleats? I'd really like the thing to stay in OEM form, so I don't really want cleats.

Thanks!

Stx221
03-30-2012, 03:33 PM
I don't have a S&S, but on my 1995 Prostar I have been tying the fenders off on the grab rail along the gunwale. One in the front, one in the back. It seems to work well so far, though I am not 100% sure that is the best solution.

I am interested to hear what others do, as I don't have pop up cleats either.

DooSPX
03-30-2012, 03:37 PM
^^ That is exactly what I do when I tie up, abet, not that often.

mzimme
03-30-2012, 03:58 PM
I don't have a S&S, but on my 1995 Prostar I have been tying the fenders off on the grab rail along the gunwale. One in the front, one in the back. It seems to work well so far, though I am not 100% sure that is the best solution.

I am interested to hear what others do, as I don't have pop up cleats either.

I dont even have grab rails. On the starboard side I suppose I could tie the fender to the steering wheel, but I'd hate for the fender to get lodged and pull on the wheel. maybe the seat somewhere?

Covi
03-30-2012, 04:02 PM
Tie one off to the ski pylon. And use dock cleats for others. in fact I often tie the boat up to a dock also using the pylon.

d2jp
03-30-2012, 04:04 PM
My boat came with these suction cups from the previous owner. I've found they stick well to the windshield side glass.
http://www.overtons.com/modperl/product/details.cgi?pdesc=Kwik-Tek-Fender-Straps-pair&i=12211&aID=602B2&merchID=4006

mzimme
03-30-2012, 04:09 PM
Tie one off to the ski pylon. And use dock cleats for others. in fact I often tie the boat up to a dock also using the pylon.

I'm not so much concerned with tieing up to the dock as I am with tieing up to others. I can at least put bumpers on the dock cleats when I'm tied up there, but when out on the water I can't always count on others having bumpers to cover either side of the boat.

oxberger
03-30-2012, 04:14 PM
I have an '85. No cleats, but I found some suction cup types fasterners that have worked great for me. West Marine has them: http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?productId=444560&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&storeId=11151&storeNum=50304&subdeptNum=50340&classNum=50342
Since the regular bumbers kind of stick out when the fasteners are suctioned to the deck we use these:
http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?productId=75621&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&storeId=11151&storeNum=50304&subdeptNum=50340&classNum=50341
I hope this helps out. The only problem I've had using this set up is when it has been really rough out, but other than that no isuues. Good luck!

mzimme
03-30-2012, 04:25 PM
So no problems with those suction cups coming off and later realizing that you lost a bumper?

oxberger
03-30-2012, 04:31 PM
Haven't lost one yet. Been using this set up for 3 years so far. The risk of losing one is greater if using a standard bumper on one of the fasteners suctioned to the deck since they end up angled like this /. That's why I went to the angled bumpers. My set up, I use 2 regular bumpers suctioned to the glass on the left and right and then 2 suctioned to the deck in the rear with the angled bumpers. Works great.

mzimme
03-30-2012, 04:38 PM
Ok, great. I'll give those a try then. Thanks!

oxberger
03-30-2012, 04:45 PM
Glad to help. Good luck and let us know if it works for you. Post pics next time:D

mzimme
03-30-2012, 05:06 PM
Glad to help. Good luck and let us know if it works for you. Post pics next time:D

I know, I guess I just need to carry my camera around at all times. Ya'll are picture whores here 8p:D

thatsmrmastercraft
03-31-2012, 11:05 AM
I us the Kwiktek Hull Hugr Fenders with a short cord and a small plastic spring clamp from Menards. I attach the clamp to the bottom of the gunwale and the fender fits the top and side of the boat perfectly.

http://www.amazon.com/Kwik-Tek%C2%AE-Hull-Contour-Fender/dp/B000FOXOYK

1985 Skiier
04-01-2012, 12:14 AM
Hi Guys, I have not been on here in a while. Lookin forward to getting back in the water soon. I tie off to the pylon and the rear ski eye. The rear ski eye was an option in 85 not sure about 83 but it could be easily added. I use two of these bumper's. They work pretty good and can be removed quickly. The roped is bunji cord with a black plastic ball at the end from Walmart.

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee443/Masrtercraft/IMG_3800.jpg

EricB
04-01-2012, 01:33 AM
Use the orange Horse-collar pfd's as fenders. You have to carry them anyways. Just slip one side on the inside of the gunnel, the other half hangs on the outside and wa-la...instant fender that protects the outside of the boat. Use 2, 3, 4, whatever you choose. It works great and this is another additional use for them.

EricB
04-01-2012, 01:34 AM
It's also inexpensive.

barefoot
04-01-2012, 11:03 AM
I tie off using the ski pylon and throw a couple of life jackets over the sides to protect the gunnel.