We’ve done a man overboard drill with a fender that accidentally went overboard in the Charleston Harbor and lost one in a Gulf Stream crossing. Fun with fenders. For all the pounding they take protecting our boat hull from those pilings, piers, and other boats we should treat them well. Sew fender covers for them!
I’ve seen a variety of fender covers for sale from about $15 to $100 (engraved with your boat name!). To save money, I’ve made fender covers from fleece purchased at the local fabric store for under $10 per yard (JoAnn Fabric had it on sale for $4/yard). It takes about a yard to make a fender cover (less if it's 60" width fabric). And it is really a beginner project that any Seamless Sailor can whip out Read more [...]
I wanted a bag to carry all my sandy snorkeling and beach paraphernalia. Last year during hikes to snorkel sites in the Exumas I didn’t have a light bag to throw over my shoulders to lug my fins and mask, bottle of water and towel. It would be a bonus if the bag would handle wet, sandy items on the return trip. We have a dry pack but I didn’t want to have to deal with getting sand out of it. So, with some extra mesh fabric and Phifertex Plus I came up with a fairly simple back pack design with a drawstring top.
If I were to remake it, I’d make the shoulder straps adjustable. You might find that Phifertex than Phifertex Plus used for the 10” base would be fine if not maybe a bit better for managing sand. I used materials Read more [...]