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Hunter 376 Fender Sizing and Positioning

duck21

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Jul 17, 2020
13
Hunter 376 Washburn, WI on Lake Superior
Hello!

We just purchased a 1996 Hunter 376. We're really excited! Since it's winter, now begins our planning for outfitting the boat in preparation to bring it up Lake Michigan and across Lake Superior to our sailing grounds in the Apostle Islands.

The previous owner left us a couple of fenders, but from what I can see they are in need of replacing/updating.

My experience up to this point is with a Catalina 30 MKII, where the curvature of the hull typically had us lining up fenders quite close together mid-ships. I typically line up three 8x20 Big B fenders all in a row.

From what I can see it looks like the 376 will most likely need fenders spread out a bit further from mid-ship to the stern (the stern stays wide further aft)--but am not sure on "normal" sizing and spacing. Bigger and more can be better, of course, but I also worry about storage.

I'm thinking two Taylor 10x30 "Hull Gard" fenders (probably one at the stern and one just forward of mid-ship, where the hull curves back center) and two Taylor 8.5x27 "Hull Gard" in between. Does this sound right? Or would the 8.5's be under size? Is there space for 4 10x30's?

Thoughts/experiences are appreciated.
 
Dec 25, 2000
4,729
Hunter Passage 42 Shelter Bay, WA
Added midship cleats to our boat several years ago, another story. Taylor made fenders come with a lifetime guarantee, another story. So, I place two 8x20 fenders on either side of the midship cleat, which gives our boat plenty of protection for landing and while at the dock and the right size for our boat. Some have difficulty docking, so perhaps more fenders are in order. Once the bow, stern and spring lines have been secured, no need here for more than two fenders, or even larger ones for that matter; FWIW.
 

duck21

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Jul 17, 2020
13
Hunter 376 Washburn, WI on Lake Superior
Thanks! This is useful info! It sounds like the 8x20would NOT be undersized, I think I'll order up 3 of those.