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Fenders? Really? Yep I have a question about Fenders...

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...

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 a piece!?!?

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?

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5" x 22" might be a bit on the small side but they look fine. And you can't beat that price.
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Even if they deflate over time, think about how many you can buy at that price and still save money!
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I've noticed WalMart does a lot of "seasonal" items at a good price... camping, boating, fishing, etc. Used to make a regular swing by there on my way out for camping trips. I'm going to have to look and see what my fender inventory looks like!
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Would these work for you? West Marine has fenders on sale almost all the time.

West Marine: Super Gardô Fender 2-Pack Product Display

I have used these fender for 13 months , added no air. Made my own fleece fender covers for them. They are nice fenders IMO.

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A bit more than $11 though.
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Would these work for you? West Marine has fenders on sale almost all the time.

West Marine: Super Gard™ Fender 2-Pack Product Display

I have used these fender for 13 months , added no air. Made my own fleece fender covers for them. They are nice fenders IMO.

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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?
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I've noticed WalMart does a lot of "seasonal" items at a good price... camping, boating, fishing, etc. Used to make a regular swing by there on my way out for camping trips. I'm going to have to look and see what my fender inventory looks like!
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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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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