Rubber Fenders

By Clive Lawford  


First find a strip of wood, which is a bit longer than the longest fender, then using a circular saw, cut three slots (see fig. 1).

Then carefully removed the excess, which is marked in red on the drawing (see fig. 2).

Next varnish the wood to get a good finish (see fig. 3).

Now cut 3 pieces of Perspex, 1 for the top and 2 for the ends. Then cover one side of each piece with clear double-sided tape and fit the 2 end pieces in place (see fig. 4).

I used a black rubber solution called Devcon Flexane Liquid for casting, after I had prepared the mould first with Devcon Liquid Release Agent (see fig. 5).

Make sure when placing the top piece in place, that don't trap any air bubbles underneath (see fig. 6).

Now cut off any flash (see fig. 7).

I used superglue to fix the fenders to my fibreglass hull but be careful, as there's only one thing that sticks better than this and that is your fingers (see fig. 8).

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