Originally Posted by Paul L
We've had 2 EasyStow inflatables for about 4 years now. They are really useful when you need a large fender
, like when against concrete bulkheads, etc. Very rugged and quick to inflate/deflate. Also have bullet proof rubber stems instead of valves.
I agree Paul. We've now gone with 100% inflatables from EasyStow (four of them). They performed admirably last season, and I'm completely sold on them. They are tougher than standard fenders, stow in a fraction of the space, and are more versatile to deploy (more tie-spots). It takes less than a minute to manually inflate them. Prep for docking
takes a few minutes extra, but we found it no issue at all.
The only possible downside is in emergency
situations where you need to get something out fast. We've yet to run into this situation, but it is possible -- most anything is possible
. Given that most of these situations will happen close to shore, and we'd likely have the fenders inflated at that point, I really think the odds are very slim. But it is a negative. The benefits of carrying more fenders that are bigger and tougher in a smaller space outweigh this one negative.