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  • #3545
    Skylark
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    I have noticed people using boat rollers as horizontal fenders (or vice versa) – as I understand it everything in dinghy cruising must have two uses!
    I have been unsuccessful in locating such a product and would be very grateful if someone could point me in the right direction.
    Many thanks in advance.
    Graham Lawson (Skylark, 10004).

    #5581
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Have a look in Sailing Today – plenty of adverts.

    #5584
    Bob Harland
    Participant

    Zodiac boat (inflatable) rollers should still be available, you will probably have to obtain them thru a Zodiac dealer;
    http://www.zodiacmarine.com/uk/dealer-locator/?worldwide

    they are far better than fenders for boat rolling, though less convenient to use as fenders – bcz you have to inflate them first.

    remember to get a pump as well

    #5587
    Swiebertje
    Participant

    @Bob Harland wrote:

    Zodiac boat (inflatable) rollers should still be available, you will probably have to obtain them thru a Zodiac dealer;

    No, they stopped making them about ten years ago. šŸ™
    I have been looking for a suitable replacement for several years.

    #5603

    Put ‘inflatable boat rollers’ into google and plenty of adverts come up. The ones from http://www.Force4.co.uk Chandlery or Western Marine (on UK Sites) look good to me, but I am unsure what weight you would need as they are classed as 350kg or 600kg.

    #5606
    Bob Harland
    Participant

    in theory the smaller ones should be just ok – Wayfarer weighs about 200kg plus your gear
    check how easy they are to inflate/deflate, packed size

    #5609
    Skylark
    Member

    Thank you for the suggestion of the Force 4 boat rollers. I was just about to order them but discovered they do not have eyes at each end – to double as fenders.
    Graham

    #5613

    Graham,

    This topic set me thinking as I am off to Scotland shortly and the ability to beach Cuillin away from ‘home’ is always a benefit. The Force 4 roller bags look good, but if you want to use them as a fender could you not create a net sling/fender sock to support them? The volume would not increase by much and it could double as a beer cooler when anchored!

    As to the your other post about sleeping aboard I think a bivvy bag (which I have form my other life) sounds essential to keeping dry.

    #5643
    QW7265
    Member

    Are you sure about the eyes – the picture shows that they have ?

    Q

    #5650
    Dave Barker
    Keymaster

    #5667

    The product review on the Force 4 web unfortunately states “Seems no way to attach a line so you could lose one”. Thus I believe the picture might be misleading.

    That said, Force 4 are out of stock at the moment.

    #5724

    In the end I went for the bigger ones from Force 4 as they were available before I go away. They do not have any points for attaching a line but are very easy to inflate and look good. See pic.

    #6431

    Aidrian – just interested to know if you have had any success using these rollers? I’m thinking of getting some perhaps this year.

    Cheers
    Jonathan
    W8866
    Dumdum

    #6432

    They are very impressive, but in the end I did not actually use them. They are certainly robust; although the smaller size may do better if only an occasional user. The main drawback of the large size is the time to inflate – a pump is certainly required, which makes it very quick but I would not want to inflate them by mouth!

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