Chafing is something the cruising sailor needs to be constantly aware of, particularly on the longer journey where it might be difficult to replace items chafed to their danger point.
Even when lines rub against dock hardware, their service life is significantly reduced. This can be remedied with all sorts of jury-rigged arrangements, but there's nothing like a purpose built chafe protector to bring sufficient efficiency to give you a good night's sleep.
One example of this is the cost-effective yet secure and removable chafe guards from Davis Instruments prevent chafing and the resulting damage. Replacing dock lines can be expensive, but extending their life with affordable Chafe Guards is not.
The convenient guards can be used to prevent abrasion at cleats, cap rails and anchor rollers, or even where two lines cross. They are great for anchor lines and mooring pennants, where a broken line could lead to the loss of a boat. They also help protect a boat's finish if lines rub against the hull.
Chafe guard simple - .. .
Flexible, these Removable Guards can be installed anywhere along lines, fitting those from 10mm to 23mm. Measuring 40cm long, they're easy to reposition when dock lines stretch and protection is needed elsewhere.
Velcro hook fasteners on the inside of the guards grip the line securely without additional strings or ties. The outside cover is made of marine-grade nylon for years of use, and they are sold by the pair.
For more information go to their website
, or, if your local marine store does not stock them, contact one of the following Australian suppliers:
American Boat Imports
14A Thanet Street
Ph: + 61 418388827
F: + 61 395760037 www.american-oats.com.au
Australian Fishing Network
PO Box 544
Croydon VIC 3136
Ph: + 61 3 9761 4044
F: + 61 3 9761 4055 firstname.lastname@example.org www.afn.com.au
Clarkson Imports &
Dist Pty Ltd
1 Naismith Court
Rowille Victoria, 3178
Ph: + 61 397555377
F: + 61 397555388 email@example.com
Harrold Marine Wholesale Pty
3/19 Success Street
Acacia Ridge, QLD 4110
Ph: + 61 7 3277 6563
F: + 61 7 32776567 firstname.lastname@example.org www.harroldmarine.com.au
15 Clearview Place
Brookvale NSW 2100 AUSTRALIA
Ph: + 61 2 9907 3344
F: + 61 2 9907 3187 http://whitworths.com.au