Inflatable dinghies are rough and tough, but their skin is thin. If your rubber duck leads a hard life, adding some protective padding in key spots will reduce chafe and help prevent the little boat from developing an odd list when least expected. Fenders don’t have to be purpose-made or expensive to be effective. The bow on this cruiser’s tender evidently suffers a lot of abuse. Instead of heading to West marine, he made it a colorful bow fender from a discarded fishing net found ashore.
Ask Sail: Silencing A Rattling Headsail
Q: Our Pearson 26 has a 110-percent jib that tends to rattle very noisily at the top hank. We only bought the old boat recently, but it must have been happening for a long time, since there’s a deep groove worn inside that bronze hank. The jib has an unusually large and wide ...read more