Sailors/Boaters, what are 'rubber fenders' on a boat/yacht?

What does it refer to in the following sentence?

"Kelly scrambled along the portside to deploy his rubber fenders."

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  • 3 months ago
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    They are something like heavy duty rubber balloons - or even old car tyres - hung on the sides or docks or boats, to cushion any impact and prevent damage when a boat is tied against a dock wall.

    The size depends partly on the size of the boat/ship..

    Examples:

    https://c8.alamy.com/comp/EB3BFE/close-up-of-boat-...

    http://www.pneumaticrubberfenders.com/photo/pl1972...

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  • R K
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    they're round rubber tubes that hang along the side of the boat to protect the hull from hitting the dock

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  • 3 months ago

    Rubber tubes filled with air that keep the boat and dock from scraping each other.

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  • CB
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    The link is to a Taylor Boat fender boats carry them inboard so they can be tossed over the side (tied on of course) to keep from rubbing up against a dock.

    https://www.amazon.com/slp/taylor-made-boat-bumper...

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