Features July 2008 Issue

Inflatable Boat Fenders Test

Fenders from Aere’, Easystow, and StowAway endure poking, prodding, and crushing as Practical Sailor determines whether inflatable bumpers are as tough as traditional boat fenders.

When you’re tight on storage space but still want to be prepared to protect your hull when docked in a blow, consider inflatable fenders. They often offer the same protection as conventional fenders without the storage headaches. Practical Sailor inflatable boat bumpers from three manufacturers: StowAway Boat Fenders from DACA Innovations; Aere’ fenders from Pratek; and Easystow Fenders from Seoladair. All were subject to abrasion tests and compression test. Long-term testing is under way to determine resistance to UV, chemical, and biological deterioration. Stay tuned to see which of these docking aids is the toughest inflatable fender.

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