Boat fenders are one of the many great arts in seamanship. They are designed to protect the boat from hitting the dock, other moorings, and other boats. In this modern, disposable culture, there are many fenders that are cheap and readily available, usually made from plastic. Far from being a way to enhance your sea-going vessel, these cheap, plastic fenders are offensive to traditional seamanship.
This instructable will show you how to make a nice fender, that if treated with a preservative, such as Stockholm tar, could conceivably last a lifetime, and look really nice in the process.
There are many complex ways to make a fender to protect your boat, but this one is simple and low-cost. Based on the crown knot, all that is really needed is a few basic tools, some decent rope, and a little whipping twine, and pride.
This is my first instructable, so please let me know how to improve! Thanks!
Step 1: What You Will Need
1. Rope. 3/4" hemp or manilla rope should work fine. Other ropes will work, but these are most authentic and hold up well to sunlight.
2. Sharp knife to cut the rope.
3. Whipping twine. If this is not available, it's OK. Some sort of strong twine will work fine, because it will be buried inside the fender anyway.
4. Fid or marline spike. If either of these is unavailable, then you can use a large tent stake, the rigid plastic kind will do perfectly.