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The main purpose of fenders on your canal boat or narrowboat is to protect your paintwork and to also cushion any bumps or knocks you experience along the way.

Fenders and buttons are a cruicial piece of cruising equipment on your canal boat or narrowboat. Importantly the fenders and buttons will help to protect your paintwork, particularly going in to locks, mooring up and undertaking challenging manuoevrs. Fenders and buttons will also protect you from knocks from other canal boats and cushion the impact of any collision, thus protecting items inside your canal boat.

The traditional material used to make fenders is rope, which looks spectacular when first attached. However, rope will disintergrate over time with mould, algae and will quickly lose its appearance. An alternative is to use rubber fenders and buttons, which will survive the test of time better than rope. 

A walk along the cut and you will often find canal boats or narrowboats selling fender and button sets. You may be fortunate to witness the traditional craft of making rope fenders and buttons along the tow path.

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