I’ve never been on a boat where stowage space wasn’t at a premium. Among the worst space-wasting offenders are fenders. What could be more inefficient– especially for cruisers who like to spend their time in port sitting on anchor, not at the dock– than big rubber cylinders filled with nothing but air?
A Florida company called Boat Bunkers has a solution for this storage problem: inflatable fenders. The fenders, available in four sizes and six colors, consist of tough inflatable bladders with fabric covers designed to be gentle on your topsides . When you’re finished with them just pull the plug, deflate, and stow them somewhere small. A set of four of the largest size (36-inches long x 12-inch diameter) with a storage bag and a foot pump sells for $220.
For more, www.boatbunkers.com