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Join Date: Nov 2008
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If you only need Fenders for a single passage through the canal, consider going by a tire shop and obtaining 4 or so discarded tires off of a relatively small car. They will very likely just give them to you to be rid of them. Thoroughly wrap the tires with several layers of stretch wrap and then affix them along your rails. At the end of your passage you can likely give them to someone headed in the opposit direction. There are tires at the Panama Canal that have been making round trip transits for years in this manner.
If you need/want large Fender's to keep, inflatable fenders have much to reccomend them. Again, stretch warp can be used to keep them clean and a 12v shop vac can be used to in- and deflate them. We have 4-5' long 20" diameter inflatable fenders stored in our lazerette locker that take up very little space.
"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."