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Thread: A $5-Dollar Fender

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    Default A $5-Dollar Fender

    I used pool-noodle as gunwale-guard on my tender this spring. Good, dense, closed-cell, UV-resistant stuff.

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    But then I had a length of the large-size left over, so I cut it into 3 equal lengths, and strung them together.

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    They just naturally nest into the triplet shape, and the line forms a natural linking pattern.

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    As a fender it's probably too light, and it would get torn up pretty quickly in a serious chafing situation (the line will cut through it), but for 5-bucks, why not?

    Dave

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    Default Re: A $5-Dollar Fender

    So five bucks Canadian? That's like, free.

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    Default Re: A $5-Dollar Fender

    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    So five bucks Canadian? That's like, free.
    Which is good when I am in BC

    Not so good in terms of my wife's Canadian pension
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    Default Re: A $5-Dollar Fender

    I used pipe insulation covered with beige sunbrella scraps. The sunbrella and monel staples broke the budget wiiiiide open, but under the "if they're on the shelf already it doesn't count" accounting system they were free so I probably beat your budget by about $0.15.
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    Default Re: A $5-Dollar Fender

    Brilliant

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    Default Re: A $5-Dollar Fender

    You could put some plastic plumbing conduit inside each hole. Another 5 bucks and will extend the life tenfold.
    Great idea!

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    Default Re: A $5-Dollar Fender

    Pex tubing fits nicey in the el cheapo noodles protecting the foam from being torn out by just the line running thru it

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    same purpose different method

    and i bet there are more ideas being 'Born'd" as we read this

    these short fenders could be flipped in/out to facilitate rowing/using rowlocks

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    i am a huge fan of EL CHEAPO solutions that really work

    specially when they can be implemented by virtually anyone w/ a minimum of fancy smancy toolage

    btw, the catfish fishers have been using the tubing in the noodle material for "jug line" fishing floats for several years

    they even have a simple system that "flags" the fisher when a fish is on the line ;-)
    "we are the people, our parents warned us about" (jb)

    steve

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