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Old 10-20-2017, 09:39 PM   #101
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I still prefer the big round orange fenders.
I would like t replace the puny one inch rubber chrome cap with a 3 or 4 inch rubber fender rail.
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Old 10-20-2017, 09:50 PM   #102
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I'm all for innovation and think it should be encouraged in all forms. A lot of really great things have come from someone who was willing to question the status quo. I don't know if this thing will be closer to Post-It Notes, or the Flowbee, but we'll never know if no one tries it.

Also, kudos to you for putting yourself out there to face the criticism and negativity.

If I was going to offer any feedback, it would be regarding the voice over in the marketing video. That voice is absolutely, positively and unequivically costing you sales. If you can't reshoot, replace with background music and text on the screen. Also, I think some of the puffery goes a bit far. CNC machining can produce amazingly intricate parts with incredibly minute tolerances that are good enough for the aerospace and medical industries; to imply otherwise undermines your credibility in my view.

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Old 10-20-2017, 10:11 PM   #103
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I'm all for innovation and think it should be encouraged in all forms. A lot of really great things have come from someone who was willing to question the status quo. I don't know if this thing will be closer to Post-It Notes, or the Flowbee, but we'll never know if no one tries it.

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Sam would be thrilled if it was like the Flowbee. Between 1988 and 2000, there were more than 2 million Flowbee's sold. Note that they are still selling too, although not in nearly the volume they once did. Among other reasons, there are many other copies by other manufacturers also being sold. 2 million, probably $140 million or so. Not bad. Not Post-It Notes. However, a one man show. Also, note that Post-It Notes were not initially successful.
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Old 10-21-2017, 03:45 AM   #104
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OK...so I picked the wrong example I guess. I had no idea the Flowbee was so successful. Maybe the Pet Rock would have been better ??
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Where've I been? Had to look up Flowbee to see what the heck you're talking about.
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Old 10-21-2017, 09:45 AM   #106
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I thought they quit making those back in 1982.
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Old 10-21-2017, 06:21 PM   #107
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OK...so I picked the wrong example I guess. I had no idea the Flowbee was so successful. Maybe the Pet Rock would have been better ??
In less than 6 months, Dahl sold over $6 million worth of pet rocks. Now, you might think once the sales faded it would never be heard from again, but it's back.

Pet Rock

Your point is good. Your examples lousy, mainly because the best example you would have never heard of.
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My beef with fenders is that they only work well in a static situation, not when moving/rubbing forward or aft which causes them to rise over the dock, as in the act of docking.
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We all know car tires strung down the sides are the best fenders.
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They are...you just have to adjust your standard.

If they weren't good enough for dang near free, why would commercial boats use them?

Yachtie costs way more than necessary.

Fun can be had for a fraction of what most profess.
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They are...you just have to adjust your standard.

If they weren't good enough for dang near free, why would commercial boats use them?

Yachtie costs way more than necessary.

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Maybe some fancy white tires on an automatic retriever would be the perfect blend of style and practicality.
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I tried to be funny with the tire comment and derailed the entire thread.

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I cleverly tied my tire comment into the automatic fender retriever system.
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Old 10-22-2017, 06:25 PM   #115
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They are...you just have to adjust your standard.

If they weren't good enough for dang near free, why would commercial boats use them?

Yachtie costs way more than necessary.

Fun can be had for a fraction of what most profess.
Wifey B: My only time using them was the Panama Canal. Required. Lots of them.
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We all know car tires strung down the sides are the best fenders.
That's what the builder provided, but that was taking the tug theme too far. Besides, they were too bulky to store on the boat.
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That's what the builder provided, but that was taking the tug theme too far. Besides, they were too bulky to store on the boat.
I will be happy with a 2, 3 or 4 inch rubber rub rail, no chrome. You want chrome, put it on your car.
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Hi All, It is about 18 months since I commented here on the Automatic Fenders, I hope that you are OK with me jumping back in.
We no longer have a basket. The units is much smaller now and works with standard thru hole fenders. The fenders are stored horizontally. Most boaters actually get 2. I am the developer
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Automatic Fenders

Hi Guru,
By the way, we replaced the voice over in the Automatic Fenders video and removed the part about the molds as you suggested
https://youtu.be/05xhKjSY44w
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