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Old 22 June 2007, 05:34   #1
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Rib Fenders

Please what are people views on the flat "rib fender" style?
Do that work are they worth it ?
I've got a couple of normal style ones but was wondering if the flats were better?
Also anyone got any bright ideas for stopping spring mooring lines chaffing the tubes where the run over them?
My tubes are a little thin on the top layer in places and could do without wearing the top layer off anymore!

Cheers James

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Old 22 June 2007, 05:37   #2
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heavy duty tube patches?

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Old 22 June 2007, 06:12   #3
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Feed the ropes through pvc hosepipe or if they won't fit through flat rolled hose - you can get it in Machine mart etc.

As regards the fenders if you can get a large sheet of polypropylene you can make you own - put a curve into it using a gas fire or hot air gun. Polyprop is incredibly hard wearing. You can cut them to shape using an electric saw - just sand off and round the edges.
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Old 22 June 2007, 06:15   #4
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RIBshop do some good flat fenders, already shaped.

Born to stuff!!
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Old 22 June 2007, 07:10   #5
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I got some of those knee board type things from Lidl, sold as flat pieces of moulded plastic you kneel on but I use them as fenders. They are flat so stack into a small space, best thing was they were only 2e each so if get nicked, lost or grubby IŽll just chuck them. They are a bit light so I put some metal strips (edges rubbed off) in the bottom air chamber.

Also, yesterday I bought some wet suit shoes from Aldi, a whopping 4.5e.

Lidl & Aldi stuff is tops, donŽt clean it just chuck it & buy new every season.
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Old 22 June 2007, 07:29   #6
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Compass in Dartmouth make them - they're what we supply with our boats!
Originally Posted by Zippy
When a boat looks that good who needs tubes!!!
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Old 22 June 2007, 09:51   #7
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I have Flat fenders from the Rib shop and they are very good.
The only downside is if you are trying to tie up where the surface of the wall, etc is uneven they do not give you any clearance, so th etubes may touch the wall in other places. Apart from that
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Old 22 June 2007, 12:26   #8
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Bought mine from Compass Marine - good service and nice people.

I bought 3 middle sized ones and a small fender just in case. So far they have worked very well, look neat and fit the tubes well.
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Old 22 June 2007, 14:13   #9
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For years I used the round, traditional fenders. They roll around and work themselfs up.
The last years I use the flat ones. Three of them on one side. Prefect!
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Old 22 June 2007, 14:22   #10
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Low freeboard fenders

I bought a couple of these and they seem to work well so far. Don't roll like the traditional ones.

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