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i used 70mm red fire hose to make a fender for my dinghy ,  folded the ends and put a car valve in and inflated to about 3 psi , no leaks and a 5m long fender

That's a good idea.

Forgot to add .. I want to make an inflatable fender.

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KM also sells fenders. OK, those things a tad more pricey, but not hugely so and I really don't know how you would make one quite as strong any cheaper. I have seen them made from heavy reinforced PVC fabric, but you need to be able to seal the seams. The best way to do that is heat seal fusing them together, but you need special equipment to do so.

 

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Anyone know where I can get some material for making a fender?

A fender to do what and where does the 'inflatable' fit into it i.e. an inflatable fender or fender for an inflatable?

 

There are a multitude of options, colours, materials, shapes, sizes and they range in cost from $1000's all the way up to $0 so if you can narrow the parameters a bit we can then narrow the search area.

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How did you attach it to the gunnels? I used plastic hose from Bunnings and used SS screws into aluminium gunnels - has last more than a year so far.

 

I just lashed it every 600mm or so drilled small holes in the gunnel and used thin cord, adds a lot of bouyancy if the dinghy should get swamped too. Hose was free , valve was free so total cost was not much at all. sealed it by simply folding and clamping the ends with ally and 2 bolts.

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Sorry, I should have been a more specific, I want to make an inflatable fender to go around a Zephyr so I don't bash it.

Kinda like the tubes on an inflatable dinghy.

I can sail into it and from it - bit like a dock. 

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Look for some 'Sunny hose'. It's a bit like a fire hose but has a surface coating that I believe is weldable or at least heat seal able, these days there is probably good glues that would work in lieu of heat. It's blue and can be seen being used as a anti chafe sleeving in places, which it is so so at. It's quite tuff stuff so would work well for your application I'd think, as long as you can get it to hold the wind inside.

 

Generally seen in the 75 - 150mm range but you can get it up to 400, maybe larger, by special order possibly. For a Zephyr 150mm might just do the trick though.

 

I know 121 Marine, now Lighthouse boat supplies in Constellation drive had some but it isn't uncommon so I'm thinking I'm aim at say a RD1 or farm supply place mainly as I'd expect it used in agriculture more than marine.

 

Or chat to Bill B of Covers and Canvas fame, he makes some very nice inflatable fendering.

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