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Old 06-01-2011, 07:41 PM
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I'm not letting my boat get scratched because somebody else is too cheap to buy some.
For those that are thrifty (cheap) like me, child size t-shirts make great fender covers. You can buy a 4 pack of Fruit of the Looms for $6.
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what on your fender is causing scrathes. Never used a cover but always wondered what they were for. (other then being to cheap to buy new fenders if they get oil or grease on them).
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what on your fender is causing scrathes. Never used a cover but always wondered what they were for. (other then being to cheap to buy new fenders if they get oil or grease on them).
I usually don't use covers either and never noticed any scratches.
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what on your fender is causing scrathes. Never used a cover but always wondered what they were for. (other then being to cheap to buy new fenders if they get oil or grease on them).
The polyform is a softer rubbery type material,The others are alitter harder,now if you have gelcoat it really want matter.But if ya got a custom paint job"clearcoated" it will scratch/Chafe it if there is motion/waves .

Also the the cheaper,west marine/taylormade type cloth covers are coarser.

Also you have to maintain all covers and fenders,like if against a pier if it gets wood/concrete in the cover,etc.

dried up salt water on both will scratch the paint also.
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I HATE flat fenders.
I keep a couple on the boat for hanging over a piling on a fixed pier. Other than that there useless.
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For those that are thrifty (cheap) like me, child size t-shirts make great fender covers. You can buy a 4 pack of Fruit of the Looms for $6.
I learned that 100% cotton diapers will scratch a paint job,Never thought it ,but Meguiars and 3M products say that the short nap on that cloth will keep any containment on the top,that will scratch the paint/clear.A Tshirt has a shorter nap than a old fashion diapier.

both make a cloth that has a deeper nap,that if a partical gets in it it will absorb it and not scratch it supposedly.

3m microfiber detail/wax cloth
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Saw these the other day at havasu.. Looked quick and easy

http://www.amazon.com/Kwik-Tek-Large.../dp/B000ORUKEA
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We have 1 of those, it works great!
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I use the taylormade big B. 8"x20". Have 4. West marine has a sale on them right now
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yea been there before when the guy wants to raft up and throws out a little 3" dia fender with tar all over it!!!!

I am suddenly:

"waiting on some friends that are going to tie up next to me"

when that guy appears

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so what is the best fender for rafting up and tieing up to a floating dock? Yes i know the obvious of one that protects your boat
A jet ski operator. They come pre-packaged with their own soft life preserver.
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