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The fender is an elastic body that is put away in the side of the boat to protect it from impact or friction against the berth alongside or against other vessels.
Can be of various shapes (cylindrical, spherical, flat, etc.)., Of various materials (rope, cork, rubber, plastic, etc..), Of various consistencies (full, filling of foam, vacuum, inflatable, etc..) but it is important that both of elastic material and which is installed so as to cover the whole extension of the possible mutual movement between the surfaces that may come into contact.
For small boats the fender is a mobile element, which is used in tying the blanket and hanging rails, thus interposing between the boat and the dock.
To the docks, where large ships dock, the fender is instead a fixed equipment, consisting of large buffers (usually hard rubber) attached directly to the vertical wall of the pier.

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