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...
So after trying to sort through the many of options in the fender
market I was still at a loss. The plan was to buy 6 fenders
and 2 fender
boards for the transit through the Erie Canal. I was starting to get comfortable with the idea of spending $480 on fenders when today I am shopping at walmart and end up in the boating section (yeah I know walmart & boating supplies is an oxymoron...) and I find
Attwood 5x22 inch fenders for $11
I know these are not Taylor Tuff Ends or Big B's but I can't imagine that there is anything really wrong with them either.
The use they will see short term will be locking through multiple locks on the Erie canal. There will be a pair of fender boards, each using 3 fenders. The boat is a 33 foot Contest with 13,000 lbs displacement.
Any feedback? Am I missing something?