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Handy Chafe Guards

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Chafe isn’t just a problem aloft. It can also be an issue where docklines or sheets rub up against, say, a cockpit coaming, a gunwale or the edge of your cabintrunk. To protect your boat in these areas, try a WearAndTear abrasion strip—basically a thin piece of stainless steel with a high-wear adhesive backing. The strips are 2in wide and available in either 6in or 9in lengths. Installation is straightforward, and the adhesive is robust enough to provide years of service. The pads have already been on the market for a number of years in the UK, where they’ve received excellent reviews. From $11. Wear and Tear Products

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