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Taylor Big B fenders provide superior protection when docking or rafting your boat. Made of heavy duty CRT vinyl, these inflatable fenders feature a center rope tube that allows end-to-end line passage. 3/4 inch diameter center hole accepts heavy line. Big B fenders can be hung vertically or horizontally with a single line.
Hang Big B fenders horizontally for protection against pilings, awkward docking situations, and tidal change areas. Seamless ribbed design minimizes roll, and high gloss marine grade vinyl construction ensures durability. Taylor Made makes four sizes to fit a full range of boat sizes.
Standard rubber football style needle valve is easy to use. Inflate fenders to 2 psi.
White 8x20 inch now available as a 2 pack
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How is line attached?
There is a central tube that runs from end to end through the fender. Pull the line through it and tie a stopper knot. Dock Edge lines already have a stopper. Get the longer lines (8'). This allows you to tie another knot partway up the standing line. Locate it at the right place so that the fender can also be used in horizontally, for instance to protect your boat when rafting or in a lock.
R. GORDON TALLEY
Line goes through the tube, from one end to the other. I make a double knot on the end of the line. Others use some plastic thing to hold it, but I haven't used them. Good old knot will do.
My other fenders, b type, have loop not a knot extending out bottom of fender, will this do that for me? I love having quick and easy change from verticle to horizontal
You run the line thru the center hole, tie a square knot or a loop using a bowline in one end (I prefer double braid). This way you can use them in a vertical or horizontal position.
The line goes through the middle of the fender--a "tunnel".
The line goes through the center of the fender. Knot one end of the line to hang it vertically or tie it off in a loop to hang it horizontally.
should work fine
The best way is to tie a secure knot at the end of the line once you pass it through the center of the fender. The alternative is to use a plastic head that clips over the end of the line -- which looks really nice but doesn't work well once strain is put on the line.
you thread it through a hole in the top to the hole in the bottom and either tie a not in the bottom or run the line backup to the top and tie it to the standing line at the top
There is a hole thru the center that you pas the rope thru and knot.
Do Taylor Made fenders still carry a lifetime guarantee?Dale
Yes, Big Bs and a few other styles do, with caveats. They do not cover punctures or exposure to solvents. You may need to send them back at your expense, and if so, will need proof of purchase. (I have never understood that for "lifetime" warrantees. If you have it, it exists!)If it is a failure on a very recent purchase, I'd start at Jamestown.
R. GORDON TALLEY
i have answered this question before on this form. The Taylor tag that came with my 2013 fenders said so right on my fenders , as did the Taylor web site. I suggest you check the Taylor web site . I expect the answer is YES , as it has been for decades . I do mean decades .
RICHARD C NELSON
I have a coupler of older [1990's] Taylor Made Fenders that no longer hold air. Are they Replaceable?
YES , I believe so . Go to Taylor Made web site for full warranty : = " Guaranteed for the life of your boat against splitting & bursting ". I assume this still means leak'ers.A decade ago I had two leak'ers replaced FREE .
RICHARD C NELSON
How do you make use of the lifetime warranty at Taylor Made?
No I have not had the need.to contact Taylor Made. I ordered four Big B bumpers and within the first week one lost pressure and would not stay inflated, when I called Jamestown to ask what to do they sent a new bumper with no hassle and an apology. Great customer service!!!!!
I have never had to use this. io do not know the answer.
I have used Taylor fenders for many years but have not taken advantage of the lifetime guarantee. The reason I purchase new fenders isn't function but rather cosmetics. They usually last me at least 5 years then I can't practically clean them any longer. I just assumed cosmetics isn't included in the warranty.
It's my understanding that Taylor Made has a lifetime warranty. I'm sure they handle warranty issues direct or from the dealer where you purchased them from.
I have returned fenders that failed. Return the fenders to Taylor customer service 65 harrison street Gloversville new york 12078 You will need a return authorization which you can get from the website
What is the recommended size fender for a 40' sailboat?
Fran, It depends on many factors. Here goes:1. What location (sea, lake or river) will you be using the fenders? The larger the waves, the larger your fender needs to be.2. Are you rafting to another boat? If so, then the fender needs to be long enough to cover the difference in height.3. Shape of your boat where it mates to the other surface? This means if the hull is sloping away from the dock , as is usual where the dock is low, then you need a long as well as larger diameter fender so it does not ride up onto the dock and become ineffective.4. Waves and wind. When the wind and/or waves are more extreme you will need larger fenders.I have a 32' power boat and cruise in the Ohio River. I chose the 8" X 20 " size due to the above. Remember, there is also the round ball type of fender which can also be effective for your style boat.I have 5 fenders and have used all of them when rafting to another yacht. I only use 2 at my dock because it is in a sheltered area.There is no perfect answer to your question only a well thought out plan on how to use the fender(s). Staggering the heights will allow you to use smaller sizes under normal conditions.
I have four Big B Fenders on my 47' Post sportfisher and they are more than adaquate in both docking situations and tieing up with other boats.Great product.
I purchased my fenders for my 40 foot power boat which has a much higher freeboard. I love the 12 inch version as the boat weighs 13 tons, I have 2 of these. I do also use the 10 x 24 inch version which I think would be the ideal size for a 40 foot sailboat. Hope this helps, Craig
The bigger the better!!! At least a 10" and 12" would be best!
if you go to the Taylor site, they have some recommendations on boat size and technically, your 40' boat would require the 10" x 26" size. But it really depends on how you are using them and what you want. I personally feal that bigger is better and I am using the biggest size (12" 24") for a 24' boat. But beware that these are line-through fenders. I am using these strung horizontally along a dock. The point is that the more diameter, the more air space between your vessel and whatever you are tied up to. There may be cases where you want less space. For instance, you want to walk between two vessels, and therefore you'd like the keep the gap between them relatively small. But if you are tieing up to a dock for unattended periods, I recommend the largest size. The other obvious size concern is if you have to store these on your vessel. good luck.
It depends a little on what your tying up to but the bigger the better.
Taylormade Big B bumpers
My overall experience was 4 stars; I had to make a couple of phone calls to getthe order shipped.
Product Fine - Feel Overcharged By JD
The Taylor Made fender I received is excellent, but I misunderstood the information provided by JD. Thought the stated price was for two fenders, not just one. Hence, I ended up paying substantially above what I could have purchased this same item for at many alternative retailers (even above what they show as the manufacturer's list price). Wrote JD a letter to this affect, citing posted prices available at various other marine supply businesses, but I've received no response. Someone there definitely dropped the ball on this one. Disappointing experience that will prevent me from returning. (Curious if this will become posted by JD - suspect not, but....)
Good Product / Good Price
Quality materials and construction will help keep your boat protected.
Dale Hollow Lake, Kentucky
True high quality fenders
The Taylor fenders are much better built than the cheaply made units that are commonly available. I like the many color choices that are possible. My boat is worth the few bucks to protect the topsides.