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I use those aluminum carabiners that are stamped with "not for climbing" and sell @ 3 for $1 at the dollar store, someplaces they are 2 for $1 but they clip on/off just about anywhere and have plenty of holding power for their use. I haven't bent one yet. They would work great in those slots along the toe rail or at the base of the stantions. They are as cheap as you can get and they never rust and always work. I use those carabiners all over the boat for various duties, great little items they are.
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Plastic fender hangers are for Macgregor 26 owners. A real sailor uses a round turn and a couple of half hitches.
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I use those aluminum carabiners that are stamped with "not for climbing" and sell @ 3 for $1 at the dollar store, someplaces they are 2 for $1 but they clip on/off just about anywhere and have plenty of holding power for their use. I haven't bent one yet. They would work great in those slots along the toe rail or at the base of the stantions. They are as cheap as you can get and they never rust and always work. I use those carabiners all over the boat for various duties, great little items they are.
I like that idea. Cheap, efficient, easy to use for the admial. Well done!
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Hanging Fenders.

The cheap aluminium carbiners are an excellent idea but they do rust. Something about a steel spring in an aluminium hook. They are a great value but not for the marine enviornment.


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I use those aluminum carabiners that are stamped with "not for climbing" and sell @ 3 for $1 at the dollar store, someplaces they are 2 for $1 but they clip on/off just about anywhere and have plenty of holding power for their use. I haven't bent one yet. They would work great in those slots along the toe rail or at the base of the stantions. They are as cheap as you can get and they never rust and always work. I use those carabiners all over the boat for various duties, great little items they are.
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The Captains Hook Fender Hanger

For those that are interested...I received my new fender hangers today and wanted to share. These are very simple, extremely sturdy, hangers that fit the lifelines perfectly. They are made of UV white plastic and are about 1/4" thick. I ordered from the website and they seem to be a small company so I'm glad to give them the business.
Anyone interested in a hanger for their fenders that installs and removes easily should check them out. How can you go wrong for $2.50 delivered.

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I have discovered a neat product for hanging your fenders. Better yet, it's half the price of anything else out there and free shipping. I ordered a set today.

The Captains Hook

When I get them I'll let you all know if thet are any good.

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My wife bought these for our boat, and they work good.
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For those that are interested...I received my new fender hangers today and wanted to share. These are very simple, extremely sturdy, hangers that fit the lifelines perfectly. They are made of UV white plastic and are about 1/4" thick. I ordered from the website and they seem to be a small company so I'm glad to give them the business.
Anyone interested in a hanger for their fenders that installs and removes easily should check them out. How can you go wrong for $2.50 delivered.

The Captains Hook
Knowing a bit about plastics, it is remarkable to me that a company can actually sell something like this so inexpensively. The cost of the necessary tooling to manufacture the captains hook would be a few thousand dollars alone; let alone they are offering free shipping and, based on my research, at least half the price of other hangers specifically made for this application.

I have decided to purchase a pair for those reasons alone. I'll find some use for them, whether for my fenders, or for hanging fish. Thanks for the info.

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Um... the raw materials cost and mold cost per piece is relatively minimal if they're injection molding these suckers with say 36 to a mold.... The cost of the plastic is probably a couple of pennies... the postage is probably less than $1... if they ship FIRST CLASS MAIL. They're probably making $1.50 or more per set they sell. They could also be extruding the plastic in that shape and slicing to make them, which would be even cheaper.

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Knowing a bit about plastics, it is remarkable to me that a company can actually sell something like this so inexpensively. The cost of the necessary tooling to manufacture the captains hook would be a few thousand dollars alone; let alone they are offering free shipping and, based on my research, at least half the price of other hangers specifically made for this application.

I have decided to purchase a pair for those reasons alone. I'll find some use for them, whether for my fenders, or for hanging fish. Thanks for the info.
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Um... the raw materials cost and mold cost per piece is relatively minimal if they're injection molding these suckers with say 36 to a mold.... The cost of the plastic is probably a couple of pennies... the postage is probably less than $1... if they ship FIRST CLASS MAIL. They're probably making $1.50 or more per set they sell. They could also be extruding the plastic in that shape and slicing to make them, which would be even cheaper.
Yeah, looking at the sharp corners and flat surfaces, these items look to me like they're stamped out of sheet plastic. That makes the production costs a few cents per item.

Still, they probably serve a purpose on the boat and I would use some just as tidies (wash line, etc) but the postage to where I live makes it less of a bargain.
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Knots are more versatile and free. Yeah, international postage is a deal killer.
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