Strategies for extending the life of your smallest vessel (photo essay published July 2012)
Inflatable dinghies may look rough and tough, but their skin is thin.
Adding protective armor to a tender will ease chafing and help prevent the little boat from developing an odd list when least expected.
The good news? Fenders don’t have to be expensive to be effective
. As shown here, nearly anything can shield the skin from sun and scrapes.