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6th January 2011

Not having the wherewithal or enthusiasm to take on much else, today I set about resolving a long term niggle. Currently my remaining fenders are dangling from fender eyes in the boat's gunwales. All very tidy, but they're a pig to bring onboard when cruising (especially the midships one), and they often just fall back in at the slightest jar anyway. Only to get ripped off at the next bridge hole/gauge lock etc. So... I've a mind to start deploying them from the roof rails where they'll be easy to take in (even while in motion), and won't fall back down again afterwards. However, the big clumsy plastic hooks available to do this offend my soft blue eye, so I wondered if it were possible to bend up some prettier ones from brass. With some odds and ends I knocked up the jig pictured and then bent up a trial hook from 4mm brass sheathed in PVC pipe (to protect the paintwork - y'understand). The results I thought were quite effective. so I made another. After that I ran out of brass. If only that were the first time that had happened...

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