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Old 10-19-2012, 04:41 PM   #41
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Did someone say Fenders?



At least they'd hear you coming.
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:49 PM   #42
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Thanks, Rambler. I am glad someone is manufacturing the flat closed foam fenders like So-Pac used to. These minimize gel coat or paint scuffing because the load is so spread out, plus the boat ends up closer to the dock which is better for boarding.
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Old 10-20-2012, 04:55 AM   #43
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Has anybody ever used those inflatable fenders that are made of hypalon fabric like inflatable boats?
We have several and use them regularly. The ones in the pic were cast-offs from a large yacht several years ago and are being used in this picture to fend off one of the chief mate's projects in preparation for a recent blow. The things are really tough and take a beating but I have seen them blow out under a severe load.
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Old 10-20-2012, 07:17 AM   #44
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The admiral put out an order to get fender covers a while back. It seems that the fenders squeeking against the hull at nite keeps her awake. Covers stop the squeek.

Hey I have one of those big flat fenders! I thought it was something to kneel on when working on the deck. I learn something new every time I am on this site.
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:35 PM   #45
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the best tip I ever got from TF is from Keith who suggested using GoJo to clean groundpower cords and fenders. We tried it and it works a treat.
For those of us not from your part of the world, what is GoJo?
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:42 PM   #46
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GOJO is the brand name of a waterless hand cleaner often use by mechanics to clean grease from their hands.
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Old 10-21-2012, 01:39 AM   #47
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There are two varieties- with fine pumice and without. The one to use on fenders and groundpower cords is the one with pumice.
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Old 10-21-2012, 03:31 AM   #48
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the best tip I ever got from TF is from Keith who suggested using GoJo to clean groundpower cords and fenders. We tried it and it works a treat.

For those of us not from your part of the world, what is GoJo?
Andy, I suspect in our part of the world it is what mechanics use and called Swarfega..?
https://www.blackwoods.com.au/search...aner/307680722

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Old 10-21-2012, 04:18 AM   #49
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look up Protecta hand cleaner made by Septone in Qld.
They do one with grit, very popular in the industrial world (Australia)these days.
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:19 AM   #50
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One thing to check is the active ingredient...I forget what regular GOJO is but many hand cleaners are now citrus based. The original gojo formula was great for even stains in fabrics...but I'm not sure how the citrus stuff works on fenders/power cords, etc...
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:00 AM   #51
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I just bought some GoJo yesterday cause I used all mine last winter on my fenders after I read about it here. It is citrus based with pumice, petroleum distillates, a bunch of other stuff.
As stated previously, this is by far the best stuff I have had for cleaning fenders.
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:24 AM   #52
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We keep a can of spray silicone handy to silence squeeky fenders.

My buddy has snap on covers for his boat carpet. He sometimes covers them with plastic. We cover our britework, our fenders and even our shore power cords. I had a sunbrella cover for my runabout...it got dirty and someone suggested a tyvek cover for the sunbrella. There seems to be no way to escape covers and their required maintenance.
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:38 AM   #53
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We keep a can of spray silicone handy to silence squeeky fenders.
I wonder if a spray-on PAM or Crisco would work for this?

I have seen people use very cheap sweatpants for fender covers. Not waterproof fabric, but very economical.
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:56 AM   #54
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Lena made fender covers using Boat-Blanket from Sailrite. They protect the fenders from UV and are easy on the hull. They wouldn't stand up for going through locks, but for the dock, they're fine.

Boat Blanket Fabric Navy Blue 72"
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:29 PM   #55
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At least no body here has called them "bumpers". Or "buoys".
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Old 10-21-2012, 03:18 PM   #56
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At least no body here has called them "bumpers". Or "buoys".
Course not! That would imply a landlubber!
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:57 AM   #57
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I just bought some GoJo yesterday cause I used all mine last winter on my fenders after I read about it here. It is citrus based with pumice, petroleum distillates, a bunch of other stuff.

"Other stuff" the last Go Jo I purchased in NYC seemed to be scented with GARLIC!
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:43 AM   #58
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If you are locking much you'll need two sets - one large set that will take the abuse of locks and one "yachtier" set for the inside side. You will be asked to raft up with other boats in the Canadian locks.

BTW - in areas with many locks ie the Erie, Rideau ect, you never take the fenders in. So storage is not the problem you would think so go up a size or two.

Although I had fender boards I never used them.
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:47 PM   #59
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I just bought some GoJo yesterday cause I used all mine last winter on my fenders after I read about it here. It is citrus based with pumice, petroleum distillates, a bunch of other stuff.

"Other stuff" the last Go Jo I purchased in NYC seemed to be scented with GARLIC!
At least that will keep the vampire fish at bay.
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Old 11-03-2012, 05:43 PM   #60
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I read about gojo here, then saw it at the store for about three bucks for a large container. All I can say is wow. We were ready to replace our crappy looking fenders and after cleaning them with gojo last night, they look just fine. Not brand new by any means, they're still old fenders. But now they're clean old fenders. Thanks for saving me a bunch of money on new fenders. My husband did the cleaning and said it didn't take much elbow grease.
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