MISSION BOAT GEAR
BOAT SIZE: 20 to 30 ft.
SIZE: 9-by-22-by-5 in.
COLORS: Almost Black, Risk-Averse Gray, Blue Lagoon, Atomic Yellow
PRICE: $64; missionboatgear.com
Even though it’s molded from closed-cell foam, which is touted to be more environmentally friendly, we think the shape of the fender is the most noteworthy. It’s concave on the back to hug a piling, and curved lengthwise to hang over the rub rail, protecting the boat above and below it. Instead of a fender whip, it has a friction-fastening strap that can be looped over or through a cleat, and then easily adjusted to snug up to the boat or piling by pulling the friction straps.
BEST USES: For all boats under 30 feet, this looks handy thanks to the gunwale/freeboard-hugging shape. In areas where there is no tide for water-level fluctuation, hitching the fender to a piling is a good way to protect the boat. Another plus: If you need to hang the fender over a cleat, you can pass the mooring line through the cleat.