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Old 18-09-2010, 13:04   #1
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'Easystow Fenders' ?

They seem like a great space saver.

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Are they as good as they promise ?

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We use much larger and thicker ones and find them very nice. We have to use an air compressor to inflate ours but they work well.

As far as these go, I'm not sure I'd want them for a blow but for most situations, they sound reasonable.
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Hmmmm !-these would give me back a cockpit locker now full of fenders, in which I could put my cockpit cushions, and get them out of the main cabin.
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So let me get this straight -- You are rapidly approaching the dock -- "Quick, honey, get out the compressor and inflate the fenders" Crunch!

Can't see much advantage to them if they are stored in the inflated condition, can't see how they could be inflated conveniently if stored deflated.

Finally, one wonders how durable they are.

But then I do tend to be a bit cynical at times...

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So let me get this straight -- You are rapidly approaching the dock -- "Quick, honey, get out the compressor and inflate the fenders" Crunch!

Can't see much advantage to them if they are stored in the inflated condition, can't see how they could be inflated conveniently if stored deflated.

Finally, one wonders how durable they are.

But then I do tend to be a bit cynical at times...

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Hey Jim,

Let me be sure I understand. In the bottom half of the world, you get close to the dock, and THEN think about hanging the fenders.
Funny, up here, we hang the fenders, and then approach the dock.
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Im thinking about a few leek clothes with 1 1/2" foam doubling as fenders. Almost too obvious but maybe some one will chime in why this doesn't work.
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Hey Jim,

Let me be sure I understand. In the bottom half of the world, you get close to the dock, and THEN think about hanging the fenders.
Funny, up here, we hang the fenders, and then approach the dock.
G'Day B.S.,

Sad as it is, in both hemispheres we see folks arriving at docks/marina berths with no dock lines rigged, no fenders deployed, and no clear plan of action. The results are sometimes amusing, sometimes sad and sometimes quite terrifying!

But I still think that fenders that require inflating before use have some drawbacks!

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G'Day B.S.,

Sad as it is, in both hemispheres we see folks arriving at docks/marina berths with no dock lines rigged, no fenders deployed, and no clear plan of action. The results are sometimes amusing, sometimes sad and sometimes quite terrifying!

But I still think that fenders that require inflating before use have some drawbacks!

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Can't see much advantage to them if they are stored in the inflated condition, can't see how they could be inflated conveniently if stored deflated.
The advantage IMHO, comes from them NOT being your only fenders. I don't think they are intended for everyday, tied up in the slip use.

I carry 2 large "permanently inflated" ball fenders that get stored completely out of the way and not taking otherwise valuable storage space. They live in the rungs of my stern arch. They are the most used.

Also carry 2, 12" X 36" international orange Hypalon inflatables. Those are some serious protection, which have also served well as flotation.

Additionally, I have 8 "Stowaway" (similar idea to the Easystow fenders) which live inside the external flotation of my sailing dink (4 down each side). They can come out and work elsewhere on the boat.

So in my opinion, fenders designed to be stowed deflated have their place.

I do like the design of the Stowaway fenders over the Easystow, but I have no idea of cost.
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So let me get this straight -- You are rapidly approaching the dock -- "Quick, honey, get out the compressor and inflate the fenders"
Let's rephrase that a bit 'You are rapidly approaching landfall after a 3-week passage -- "Quick, honey, get out the compressor and inflate the fenders"'



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In mind mind it is almost useful to have some light objects to store in forward lockers, to keep them from filling up with heavy things.

I can see a piling nail going through them over night, easily.

Like I'm going to blow them up. Right. That is why I have davits.

I suppose I can see having 1, for some odd situation. But no thank you personally.
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Looks like a landlubber's solution to me. Wouldn't waste the $$$.
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I do like the design of the Stowaway fenders over the Easystow, but I have no idea of cost.
Hadn't seen the Stowaway fenders before. The prices are comparable but the Stowaway looks like a better design.



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Seen similar stuff EXPLODE between a 1 million+ boat and the dock in the Azores ...

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I would like a pair of large balls to have when traveling locks where I'd have them permanently deployed. When thru the locks, deflate them and store away taking up minimal space.
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