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18 hours ago, HenryFreeman said:

Since my boat is nice and shiny, I want to do something about my fenders which are old, knackered scooter tyres. I'd like to source some proper side fenders as well as bow and stern fenders.

 

Can anyone make any recommendations for a good fender maker?

 

Thanks!

 

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Hi All,

 

Reviving this topic (rather than starting a new thread).

 

I had a nice chat with Tradline in Braunston who have closed their order book at a 1 year waiting time (fair play to them and congratulations on having such a strong following). So That option is out for me.

 

Two other makers I have seen (on here and using google) are:

 

Trafalgar Marine: https://trafalgarmarineservices.co.uk/

AJ Fenders: https://www.ajfenders.com

 

Do you have opinions on either of these two in terms of quality. Also does anyone have recommendations for other makers of traditional fenders? I'm keen to buy from a supplier who is doing things "proper" and keeping traditional skills alive.

 

 

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46 minutes ago, SnippetySnip said:

Hi All,

 

Reviving this topic (rather than starting a new thread).

 

I had a nice chat with Tradline in Braunston who have closed their order book at a 1 year waiting time (fair play to them and congratulations on having such a strong following). So That option is out for me.

 

Two other makers I have seen (on here and using google) are:

 

Trafalgar Marine: https://trafalgarmarineservices.co.uk/

AJ Fenders: https://www.ajfenders.com

 

Do you have opinions on either of these two in terms of quality. Also does anyone have recommendations for other makers of traditional fenders? I'm keen to buy from a supplier who is doing things "proper" and keeping traditional skills alive.

 

 

We bought ours from Get knotted, just by The Cape, we are very  pleased with it though relatively early days. 
 

http://www.getknotted.co.uk/

 

 

 

 

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I know I've seen rope fenders sold by a few trading boats but I can't remember most of them. If you use Facebook try asking the question in the "Traders on the Canals" group.  If you have a local fuel boat I'd ask them too, I know some of them sell fenders.

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2 hours ago, SnippetySnip said:

Hi All,

 

Reviving this topic (rather than starting a new thread).

 

I had a nice chat with Tradline in Braunston who have closed their order book at a 1 year waiting time (fair play to them and congratulations on having such a strong following). So That option is out for me.

 

Two other makers I have seen (on here and using google) are:

 

Trafalgar Marine: https://trafalgarmarineservices.co.uk/

AJ Fenders: https://www.ajfenders.com

 

Do you have opinions on either of these two in terms of quality. Also does anyone have recommendations for other makers of traditional fenders? I'm keen to buy from a supplier who is doing things "proper" and keeping traditional skills alive.

 

 

I bought our bow fender from AJ Fenders and picked it up in person. Very nice people and completely happy with the fender. I am planning to buy the stern set from there later this year.


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18 minutes ago, agg221 said:

I bought our bow fender from AJ Fenders and picked it up in person. Very nice people and completely happy with the fender. I am planning to buy the stern set from there later this year.


Alec

There are Manilla short buttons on Ebay being sold for £80 when the AJ one is £120. I wonder what the difference is? Apart from £40 obviously 

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1 minute ago, Tonka said:

There are Manilla short buttons on Ebay being sold for £80 when the AJ one is £120. I wonder what the difference is? Apart from £40 obviously 

Potentially the chain and the core. The AJ ones have a compressed rubber core with a stainless chain running right through it. To fail, the whole thing would have to fall apart. There are some where the chain does not go right through, some where it is only zinc plated and some where the core is loosely packed sections of rope which soon sag.

 

I can't confirm either way on what the Ebay ones are, but I do know the AJ ones are decent.

 

Alec

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2 hours ago, agg221 said:

Potentially the chain and the core. The AJ ones have a compressed rubber core with a stainless chain running right through it. To fail, the whole thing would have to fall apart. There are some where the chain does not go right through, some where it is only zinc plated and some where the core is loosely packed sections of rope which soon sag.

 

I can't confirm either way on what the Ebay ones are, but I do know the AJ ones are decent.

 

Alec

Tradline short button made from Manilla with a rope core £140.

 

Why do they have a year waiting list at those prices

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5 hours ago, SnippetySnip said:

Hi All,

 

Reviving this topic (rather than starting a new thread).

 

I had a nice chat with Tradline in Braunston who have closed their order book at a 1 year waiting time (fair play to them and congratulations on having such a strong following). So That option is out for me.

 

Two other makers I have seen (on here and using google) are:

 

Trafalgar Marine: https://trafalgarmarineservices.co.uk/

AJ Fenders: https://www.ajfenders.com

 

Do you have opinions on either of these two in terms of quality. Also does anyone have recommendations for other makers of traditional fenders? I'm keen to buy from a supplier who is doing things "proper" and keeping traditional skills alive.

 

 

You could also try ukboatyard.com and speak too Victoria.

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4 hours ago, Tonka said:

Came past today, do they still operate from there as it was all shut up


It’s mostly storage there but they do own/ rent it still. I’m not sure where he does the work but met him there to collect the fender. I believe it’s a rope core they do. Black or manilla. 

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18 hours ago, Hudds Lad said:

If you do (gasp) Facebook, there's a chap called Oliver Taylor https://www.facebook.com/KnotforProfitFenders

Thanks for the shout out, Hudds Lad. The link gives a good idea of what I do and, like Tradline, don't expect anything straight off the shelf, as they are all made to order. Currently my lead time is about 6-8 weeks, so if you can live with that, get in touch.

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On 10/06/2024 at 21:59, Tonka said:

Only do black polypropylene 

No. Copied and pasted from thier webb site. 

 Traditional rope fenders, made by ourselves, in either natural sisal or black polypropelyne.

Specials can be made to order

Delivery can be arranged.

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