By Don Casey

Revised by BoatUS editors in April 2012

Fabric fender covers look sharp, and they provide a softer surface against the hull. But fabric covers also pick up grease and grit that can soil or scratch the gelcoat. For better protection, hang an old bath towel over the rail, placing it between the fender and the hull. Acrylic canvas skirts with terry cloth backing and corner grommets are a good rainy weekend project.

Don Casey has been one of the most consulted experts on boat care and upgrades for 30 years, and is one of the BoatUS Magazine's panel of experts. He and his wife cruise aboard their 30-footer part of the year in the eastern Caribbean. His books include Don Casey's Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual, and the recently updated This Old Boat, the bible for do-it-yourself boaters.


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