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Old 09 June 2008, 23:02   #1
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Chaps For My Tubes?

One of my primary destinations is Catalina Island. Both Avalon and The Isthmus have dinghy docks that you can park a 14' or less boat.

The docks are very convenient, but your boat can get real beat up. People think nothing of ramming your boat to make room to dock their boat. You also have people walking across other people's boats to get to and from their boat.

The tubes are what get the most abuse.

Has anyone ever heard of chaps for tubes? If yes, are they a production item, or do i have to have them custom made?

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Old 10 June 2008, 11:45   #2
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Has anyone ever heard of chaps for tubes?
I believe you can buy them at Brokeback Mountain!

There are a number of flat fenders available. Would those work if you hung a bunch of them around the boat. And leaving a Rotweiller in your boat wouldn't hurt either...

http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...4&classNum=594

http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...4&classNum=594

I feel your pain though. People in "real" boats don't seem to think twice about using our "dingys" as bumpers....
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Old 10 June 2008, 17:23   #3
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I've been wondering the same thing. Using hinged flat enders, but they arn't working particularly well - particularly against piles.

UK has better options:

http://www.compassmarine.co.uk/produ...?ProductID=394
or http://www.rib-shop.co.uk/

These look interesting but aren't available in Aus. You might be able to combine these with a light canvas cover to protect from shoes on the tubes
http://www.hullhugr.com/product.html

Looks like I'll need to rig up something myself.
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You can either use flat foam as used in excercise mats etc or a sheet of polypropylene - polyprop is indestructible and can be sawn to size with a jigsaw and curved to the right shape using a gas fire or heat gun. Make sure you smooth the edges off with sandpaper first.
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I have not tried this but... I expect that you could make something similar to the flat fenders in Apherel's post out of cheap 'plastic' type food prep/chopping boards from your local Wal Mart. Drill some holes for the ropes and heat them to bend them into shape
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Old 11 June 2008, 09:22   #6
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Codders, I had no idea how much this material is used commercially - what thickness would you recommend and what sort of place supplies it?
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I like the polypro idea. I bought the HullHugr but they were not durable enough. Outer fabric was wearing through in about a week. Maybe ok for occasional use, but not for everyday use.
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Codders, I had no idea how much this material is used commercially - what thickness would you recommend and what sort of place supplies it?
If you're talking about the white plastic cutting boards, they're made of HDPE (high density polyethylene) and should be available at any plastics shop. Stuff gets used quite a bit (plastic grocery bags, among a hell of a lot of other stuff, are usually HDPE.)

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Codders, I had no idea how much this material is used commercially - what thickness would you recommend and what sort of place supplies it?
I think we used to use stuff about 3 or 5 mm thick - 1/8 and a 1/4 " - stuff comes in 8x4 sheets - most plastic suppliers should have it in stock.

Nothing will stick to it and it is very hard wearing.
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Prototypes - chopping board variety

An update on this thread.

I've not been able to find HDPE sheets at a reasonable price, so ended up trying Ikea chopping boards.

The blue ones are around 2 mm thick and are too thin to hold any shape - not recommended. The red ones are 6mm, and do hold shape after heating. My heat gun packed it in so these were shaped in front of a heater - I'd recommend a bit more curve. They are held together with cable ties and I'll fit better straps or clips to hang off the safety rope.

Not the most elegant, but they do seem to work and kept a lot of crap off the tubes.
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