Canal Boat Ropes and Fender suppliers
All canal boats need ropes for mooring and for handling the boat safely during cruising.
Some boaters prefer natural fibre ropes such as hemp or cotton lines, others choose from a wide range of artificial fibre ropes. Most boat owners have a bow line and a stern line when cruising but use different ropes for permanent mooring. Fenders are used to protect the boat, though they can be dangerous if they jam in locks.
- Nearly all canal boats use fenders for comfort and protection. Tradition working narrowboats had a bow fender made of rope coiled around a core which might be a section of folded motor tyre, and rope stern fenders to protect the rudder.
- Modern boats frequently also have side fenders to protect the paintwork from being scraped when moored or going through locks. Rubber and plastic fenders are now popular.
- Single handed boaters often use a single centre line for convenience. See our information about single handed cruising.
- Tony Lewery explains all about traditional ropework in his Canal Art pages.