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03-26-2007, 10:52 AM
Hello from the frozen North;
I have been searching for detailed instructions for making traditional rope fenders. They will be for an 1894 Peterborough Canoe which I have finally completely restored.
Hope someone can help

George Ray
03-26-2007, 11:27 AM
If you are going for the old time manila look then I suggest using Hempex:
Sold by: http://www.rwrope.com/traditional_rigging/traditional_rigging.htm
Made by: http://www.langman.com/langman-en/products_/rope_by_material/synthetic_rope_with_classic_look.html
Data Sheet: http://www.langman.com/langman-en/download/synthetisch_klassiek/en_datasheet_hempex.pdf

Rope Hempex
Construction: Manmade fibre Hemp
Stretch: Medium / low
Flexibility: Excellent (3 strand) / Good (braided)
Spliceability: Easy (3 strand) / difficult (braided)
Applications: Traditional yachts: sheets / mooring lines / halyards (3 strand) cords & whipping twines (braided)
Advantages: Soft feel / traditional Hemp appearance / good UV resistance / stronger than Hemp
Colours: Solid: Traditional Bronze


03-26-2007, 11:33 AM
I'll second his suggestion for Hempex or another faux-hemp line, as my sisal or manila fully-trad rope fenders have several problems -- they are rotting (even though I hang them up to dry after use), they shed fibers on my lovely white painted interior, and they bring a LOT of water into the boat when pulled inboard. Sisal in particular seems to be fairly abrasive (in comparison to the soft Hempex), so might not be kind to paint or varnish over time.

The use of artificial line won't stop the water transfer, which can be a problem for small boats with low freeboards, where the fenders get a dunking if positioned correctly. But damn, they sure look 'yare'!

;0 )


Another option is to use Hempex or whatever over a small standard fender or water noodle as the core -- saves $$ on line and reduces the amount of seawater you drip onto the floorboards.