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.

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