Don’t break the chain

Canal Boat - - Letters -

In the July is­sue of Canal Boat, there is a Boat Test of the un­named new boat from Blis­worth Tun­nel Boats.

Look­ing care­fully at the ac­com­pa­ny­ing pho­to­graphs and the mag­a­zine front cover, I can clearly see a third chain hang­ing down be­low the stern fen­der. This ap­pears to be at­tached to the rud­der and I should be grate­ful if you could let me know its pur­pose.

I ask be­cause I have re­cently bought a new stern fen­der, with a sim­i­lar chain and I was about to cut it off!

DAVID SIM­MONS via email

Ed says: We checked with Blis­worth Tun­nel and Ja­son tells us it’s a chain that holds the fen­der in po­si­tion and usu­ally goes down to a cleat on the hull, so don’t cut it off...

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