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Old 03-17-2014, 11:49 PM   #1
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I need to purchase some new fenders for my 42 Trawler. Any suggestions on best place to get a good deal on the internet.
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Old 03-18-2014, 06:50 AM   #2
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Why not try our very own Hop-Car?

Hopkins -Carter Marine supply
3300 NW 21st St, Miami, FL 33142

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Old 03-18-2014, 08:30 AM   #3
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Yeah I'd try Parks over at HC.
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Old 03-18-2014, 11:01 AM   #4
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It's really Important to support our "bricks & mortar" suppliers. Otherwise we'll have nothing available today when we need it.

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Old 03-18-2014, 11:14 AM   #5
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We've had Aere's since we bought the Nordy and love'em.
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The defender.com always has good prices but a simple search (google to the rescue) will reveal a better price for a particular item somewhere. Let your fingers (or mouse) do some walking.
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Old 03-18-2014, 01:33 PM   #7
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Strange how on-line retail works sometimes. We purchased fender covers on Amazon a while back because our local retail marine store was out of what we wanted. Our Amazon order was "fulfilled" the following week--from the local marine store.
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Old 03-18-2014, 02:26 PM   #8
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I can't get better service than with HopCar (Parks at Hopkins-Carter). Personal service and accountability. If you ever in Miami, he delivers too. Be aware though....a good stock of brew is advisable before inviting him over.
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Old 03-18-2014, 02:44 PM   #9
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The OP is Los Angeles, of the really good internet vendors Fisheries Supply up in Seattle is closer and a great outfit. A good buddy has his boat in King Harbor in Redondo and said the marine hardware store down there usually matches prices, not sure if that is true. I don't remember who the independents are near MDR, only been in the West store there.

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Old 03-18-2014, 08:54 PM   #10
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What are the benefits of the "foam" type fenders vs. inflatable ones, if any?
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What are the benefits of the "foam" type fenders vs. inflatable ones, if any?
None that come to mind. May be the reason you virtually never see them used on a boat of any size.
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:39 AM   #12
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What are the benefits of the "foam" type fenders vs. inflatable ones, if any?
Foam can be flat and won't roll if you don't want it to....can use in other applications like a temp seat cushion, etc....generally come in more shapes...but inflatables are catching up.

Foam won't burst.

Foam is less sensitive to cracking in extreme cold.

Fot the most part...foam is used on smaller boats or unusual applications until you get into the jumbo sized used for larger yachts and ships.

Overall for the 30-60 or so size boats...air filled seem to be the most widely used.
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Old 03-21-2014, 08:33 AM   #13
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Once you add in shipping costs, Internet fenders may cost as much as locally purchased fenders. West Marine often puts fenders on sale. They used to price match Internet vendors but they no longer do that.
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Re shipping costs ... true, they can add up if you are not setup with friendly supplier or with Amazon Prime, or not in lower 48 states. On the other hand some can save on state taxes if internet shopping out of state. Plus, there is always a good deal somewhere ...

Another potential online store, with good prices in general, is JD's Sailing Supply. They might not have a Defender wide selection but their prices are often even lower, and their customer service is outstanding. FWIW, their fenders page: JD's Sailing Supply was created for sailors by sailors
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Once you add in shipping costs, Internet fenders may cost as much as locally purchased fenders. West Marine often puts fenders on sale. They used to price match Internet vendors but they no longer do that.
+1

We did that. I like to get the fenders that don't have the knob or ear on the end for attaching a line. Knob on one end of course but knobs on the bottom just get fouled w growth as they are frequently underwater.
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Fenders? Did somebody say Fenders?

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Old 03-21-2014, 05:18 PM   #17
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The Taylor brand fenders have a lifetime warranty and if you buy them at West Marine (on sale of course), when they fail you can just take them to the store and exchange them for new ones. This is something I have done myself.
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Fenders? Did somebody say Fenders?

No bass?
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No bass?
Ok then.
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Fenders are fairly light and some places will deflate them if it will save on shipping...I shopped around and saved 30% over West Marine on a set of 4...was going to go with one company, then Defender had a boat show sale and I got them to price match just a little more.

If West would sell big boy fenders in the 2 pack like they do the smaller ones...they might be competitive and their price match has been hit or miss this year from what people have been posting.
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