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Buy the cheap fenders. I get most of mine from the dumpster. Before west marine's "sale" those fenders were $75 each. CRAZY!!!

The only thing I'd check about your fenders is do they deflate. Some super cheap ones don't and that makes them harder to store when you're cruising and the ones I have seen that don't deflate die pretty quickly.

Cheap fenders are fine. Don't get ripped off just because it's "marine".

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I remember thinking "These things must not cost much if people let them float away."


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I'd point out that Attwood bilge pumps are generally poorly regarded. They don't even use tinned marine grade wire in their leads.

As for fenders... those are fine fenders, but probably too small for your boat. Getting inexpensive fenders that are too small to protect your boat is penny-wise and pound-foolish IMHO.

A 33' boat should really be using at least 8" diameter fenders IMHO, even with a fender board. If those nice little 6" fenders fail and you end up with a big ding or scratch in your gelcoat, they're not going to look like much of a bargain, are they?

In general, going cheap on safety gear doesn't make sense to me. Yeah, you can get a bargain basement anchor with a 1/2" rode and 10' of 1/4" chain...but what does it cost you when that fails to hold??? Docklines, anchor rode, anchors, fenders, mooring bridles, etc, are all safety gear IMHO, and skimping on them just isn't worth it.

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Yeah, I was bit suprised too. There wasn't a lot of stuff but I found the fenders as well as a couple Attwood Tsunami T500 GPH Bilge Pump's for $19. You can't beat that price with a stick for a backup bilge pump. Not saying I would trust my boat to it but as a backup to hold you over if your primary fails...

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But that is the heart of my question, the fenders you link me to would cost $240 for 6 were the walmart fenders would cost me $66 for 6. The only difference I see it that the West Marine fenders are bigger @ 8x26. Is there really that much of a difference for $180?

I thought in your original post you were expecting to pay $40 ea for quality, appropriately sized fenders. Sorry if I misunderstood. When you hit something hard because a power boat kicks up a wake right while you are coming into a lock or slip are you really going to give a rip about $180 extra for purchasing the correct size fender?

What did Clint Eastwood say, something about feeling lucky I believe. Buy the cheap ones and spend the rest on beer

Important part is you are going somewhere on your boat, have fun!

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i see fenders as almost disposable. i would think for fender boards the smaller ones are fine, as you need a few per board. use the bigger ones for specific contact points
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I admire these fenders

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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.

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you get what you pay for.Walmat is a great place to shop.If you have to you can roll up a blanket and tie it to the side of the boat.Any thing to keep the boat off the wall.Wait a couple bays after a storm in your marina and I bet you can find at least a couple floaters.
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Ive had a few of these fenders, 8 x 20 something. they are what they are "cheap". I'd consider them disposable, pick up a few extras and keep them deflated in the lazerate for when one lets go. The eyes seem to be the weakest area, taking more than one turn should help spread the load ?

On the subject of fender covers , while covers range in price from about $20-30 bucks ( 8x27) you can make your own for less than $ 10 from a pair of sweets. Buying the Fruit-Of-The-Loom brand (color of choice) with the elastic on the bottom, cut to length sew in a quick hem thread some small stuff and there you have it. I generally get about two years out of a pair.

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Are those inflatable?
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Hello;

Well I have been planning and planning and researching and more planning for a refit and sail from Annapolis to Toronto for a few months. I have been able to dig up the answer to most of my questions but there are a few I will be posting and the first:

I didn't even think about fenders when I started to budget, I thought they would cost me about $40 a piece. Well I have started to look and I have found that they are going to cost anywhere from $65 to $100 depending on what I want...


Attwood 5x22 inch fenders for $11 a piece!?!?


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You call those fenders??? I'll show you fenders!

Don't think you'll find these at Walmart or Crappy Tire!


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