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Gunwale fendering for a dinghy

Guest jamesbagnall

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Evenin' all.

A question about suitable material for gunwale fendering for a small dinghy.

I have a 13ft 'Maxcraft' dinghy with a little cuddy that I'm restoring. It needs a new gunwale fender strip on the flange between the hull and the top moulding.

It seems to be currently fitted with a 32mm rubber pipe - looks like car radiator hose - that has been split and pushed over the flange. It has worked quite well and looks quite professional, but has cracked with age.

I need something cheap and cheerful to renew the fendering with, as the proprietary stuff is quite expensive. Car rad hose is also expensive, so can anyone suggest a suitable cheap alternative that's easy to work with?

I remember reading that Bounty (and I assume Alpha etc) use agricultural alkathene water pipe, slit with a jigsaw.

Any ideas ladies and gents?



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